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Breastmilk at Childcare

  • Label each container with child’s name, date received, amount, and date expressed, and date frozen, if applicable.
  • Use fresh milk first and then frozen milk.
  • Refrigerate promptly.
  • Use the unfrozen (fresh) milk within 2 days (48 hours).
  • Keep back-up supply for each child in the freezer.
  • Use the frozen milk within 3 months.
  • Thaw frozen breastmilk by placing container under running water or in a warm water bath. Do NOT microwave breastmilk.
  • Swirl the milk to mix it.
  • Use the warmed bottle within 4 hours.
  • Return unused fresh milk (after 2 days) and frozen milk (after 3 months) to parents.