Whether you’re pumping at home, traveling with your baby or simply don’t have access to freezer space, freeze dried breast milk can offer peace of mind and convenience.
Storage options vary, but many moms find a drawer in the refrigerator or freezer that’s specifically for breast milk makes it easier to grab and go as needed. They can divide the drawer into areas categorized by date or volume, or use plastic bins, boxes, or storage racks to neatly organize breast milk storage bags standing up or side by side.
Once the milk has frozen, thaw it in a warm place. You can hold the bottle or bag under lukewarm running water, in a bowl of warm water, or in your refrigerator overnight.
Once you’ve thawed your milk, store it in a refrigerator and use within 24 hours or as soon as possible. You can also heat it in a microwave or by boiling it, but these methods dehydrate the milk and may cause uneven hot temperatures that could be dangerous for your baby to drink.
If you choose to freeze your breast milk, the best way to do it is to use individual sterile pouches like Milkify. This way, the milk stays fresh and has a three year shelf life.