If you’ve gone back to work or school
full time, you can still breastfeed your baby. You can maintain this special relationship for
another year or more. You’ll need to express (force out) your breast milk. Then your baby’s
caregiver can feed your baby breast milk from a bottle or a cup when you are away.
pump or your hands to express breast milk. You can learn how from a public health nurse, a WIC
breastfeeding counselor or lactation specialist. Ask your doctor or WIC for the name of someone
who can help. As you learn, be patient with yourself. Practice. Before long, you’ll be an
Express breast milk into a clean container. Refrigerate or freeze it right away.
Breast milk will keep up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. It will keep longer if it is frozen. You
will waste less milk if you store it in small, small, two- to four-ounce containers. Write the
date the milk was expressed on the containers. If you are taking the milk to a caregiver, write
your baby’s name on the container, too.
How long can I freeze breast
You can store breast milk in the freezer that has a separate door from the
refrigerator for up to three months.
Make sure your baby’s caregiver follows these safety
- Defrost frozen breast milk in the refrigerator for several hours. Or thaw
it by running the container under cool water. Don’t thaw it byleaving it out at room temperature.
- You can refrigerate thawed breast milk for up to 24 hours. It cannot be refrozen.
- Never use a microwave oven to defrost breast milk.
- Throw away any defrosted
and warmed breast milk that the baby doesn’t drink. Don’t keep it at room temperature. Don’t
refrigerate it for later use.
To learn more about breastfeeding, you may want to
contact your local health department, WIC clinic, hospital, La Leche League or doctor. You can
call La Leche League at 1-800-LALECHE or visit their Web site at www.lalecheleague.org/.
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