You may already know Ameda's milk storage guidelines. But many mothers want to know more. So, here is some extra information you might find helpful.
How Warm Is Your Room? The guidelines say that freshly pumped milk can be stored without cooling for 10 hours, if your room is 66°F to 72°F. If your room is warmer than this, the guidelines change. In a 79°F room, your milk is good for a shorter time — 4-6 hours.
Life with a newborn is hectic. Add to this the conflicting advice you sometimes get on baby care and breastfeeding, and it can boggle the mind. One call we often get at Ameda is from mothers trying to sort out the different milk storage guidelines. Which guidelines should they use?
One of the most common questions mothers ask me is: "What is the best way to warm or thaw expressed milk?"
An older, larger baby can handle drinking chilled milk. But milk needs to be warm for a tiny baby. If a newborn is fed cold milk, it can bring down the baby's body temperature. The milk should be given when it is between room temperature and body temperature.