Milk Safety Tips For New Moms

Feeding your baby is a wonderful time for bonding. It forces you to stop what you are doing and just focus on your little one. Regardless of how you feed your baby (formula or breast milk), there are some very important and easy tips to follow to keep your baby safe. Formula and breast milk have a few different guidelines, so our Baby Box experts have broken them down separately in the lists below.

 

Breast Milk Bottle Safety Tips

  • Once milk has been expressed/pumped it should be refrigerated within 4 hours. The same goes for a breast milk bottle that is sitting out.
  • Storing breast milk in your freezer is a great way to stockpile for when you go back to work, or need to leave the baby. In a normal freezer it is good for 3-6 months, and in a deep freezer up to 12 months.
  • Properly label all expressed milk before storing in the freezer. This way you can know the date it was pumped so that you can use it before it goes bad.
  • Breast pumps should be cleaned after each use to keep bacteria from contaminating the milk.
  • Breast milk cube trays are an easy way to store milk, but using the specified cube containers with lids is essential. Using trays without lids can allow for bacteria to get into the milk cubes.
  • New bottles and nipples should be properly sterilized before the first use. Place the new bottle and nipple into boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove from the water, and allow to cool and dry.

 

Formula Bottle Safety Tips

  • When mixing a formula bottle, use bottled water or other safe drinking water such as tap or well water. Municipal tap water should be boiled and cooled first to reduce the risk of contamination. Never use hot tap water.
  • Once a formula bottle has been used, discard the remaining milk. Reusing a bottle and storing it for later consumption can allow bacteria from the baby’s mouth to contaminate the remaining milk.
  • Heat a bottle by placing the filled bottle inside a cup or bowl of warm water. Never use a microwave to heat the milk as this can cause hot spots which could burn the baby’s mouth.
  • Mix the formula by following the directions on the container so you don’t add too much water or formula.
  • New bottles and nipples should be properly sterilized before the first use. Place the new bottle and nipple into boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove from the water, and allow to cool and dry.
  • When traveling, simply pre-measure the powdered formula and store in a clean, empty bottle, or in a container. You can bring along a bottle of water to mix when the baby is ready. Premixing far ahead of time is not advised.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-formula/art-20045791

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/formulafeed-storing.html

https://www.parents.com/health/parents-news-now/cdc-issues-breast-pump-cleaning-guidelines/