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Breast Pumping and Milk Storage

Breast Pumping

If you are unable to breastfeed your baby, it is important to remove your breastmilk during the times your baby normally would feed so that your body continues to make milk.

Before you express breast milk, be sure to wash your hands. Also, make sure the area where you are expressing is clean.

If you need help to get your milk to start flowing, try applying a warm moist compress to the breast, gently massaging the breasts, or sittting quietly and think of a relaxing setting.

You may also find it helpful to have a picture of your baby, a baby blanket, or an item of your baby’s clothing that has his or her scent on it.

Storage of Breast Milk

Breast milk can be stored in clean glass or hard BPA-free plastic bottles with tight fitting lids. You can also use milk storage bags, which are made for freezing human milk. Do not use disposable bottle liners or other plastic bags to store breast milk.

After each pumping

Tips for freezing milk

Tips for thawing and warming up milk

Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention