Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Full-Term Infants

Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Recommendations

Preparation for Human Milk Storage

Washing: Women should wash their hands with soap and water, or a waterless hand cleanser if their hands don’t appear dirty, before milk expression. Unclean hands may transmit viruses and bacteria, some of which can cause illness. Studies show that human milk containing fewer bacteria at the time of expression develops less bacterial growth during storage and has higher protein levels compared to milk that has an abundance of bacteria. Additional hand hygiene and cleaning of the breasts before expression are not necessary. (IIB)
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Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Full-Term Infants

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