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Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

To maintain the high quality of human milk and the health of the baby, safe preparation and storage procedures are recommended. These tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to safely handle and store human milk may be used by Head Start staff.  

By following safe preparation and storage techniques, nursing mothers and caretakers of breastfed infants and children can maintain the high quality of expressed breast milk and the health of the baby.

Safely Preparing And Storing Expressed Breast Milk

  • Be sure to wash your hands before expressing or handling breast milk.
  • When collecting milk, be sure to store it in clean containers, such as screw cap bottles, hard plastic cups with tight caps, or heavy-duty bags that fit directly into nursery bottles. Avoid using ordinary plastic storage bags or formula bottle bags, as these could easily leak or spill. Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

Topic:Nutrition

Keywords:BreastfeedingChild care providersInfants and toddlersChild care

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