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Breastfeeding gives your baby the nutrition they need from their very first moments, but you may have lots of questions about it. That's okay! Our Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, Dr. Desai, can help you find the answers you are looking for. 

Every mom and baby is different, and their breastfeeding journey will be unique. There are ups and downs and feelings of accomplishment and frustration. Rutherford Pediatrics is here to support you, no matter what stage of the breastfeeding journey you’re in.

Storage Information for Breast Milk and Formula

Breast Milk Storage:

  • Refrigerate or chill milk right after it is expressed. Freshly expressed milk can remain at room temperature (up to 77°F or 25°C) for 4 hours (or up to 6 to 8 hours if very cleanly expressed), but it is best to chill as soon as possible.

  • To thaw breast milk from the freezer: Put the bottle or bag in the refrigerator overnight, hold it under warm running water, or set it in a container of warm water. **Remember that heating breast milk in microwaves is not safe. Once breast milk is thawed: It can be stored in a refrigerator and must be used within 24 hours

Formula Storage:

  • Sterilize your baby’s bottles before the first use. Boil for 5 minutes or you can use a store bought countertop or microwavable sterilizer.  Going forward you can wash your baby’s bottles in hot soapy water or by running them through the dishwasher. 

  • Unopened formula can be stored in a cool dry place until the expiration date noted on the can/bottle.

  • Formula may be prepared up to 24 hours in advance if stored in the refrigerator to prevent the formation of bacteria.

  • Prepared formulas must be discarded within 1 hour after serving an infant. 


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