To some mothers, breast milk might is treated like liquid gold. Your body uses up a lot of energy to produce this life-sustaining product, so it makes sense that you would not want to let a single drop of such precious liquid go to waste. Whether you work away from your home or you simply prefer to plan ahead for the types of situations where you are not able to immediately breastfeed your child, you might ask yourself, “should I freeze my breast milk?” It’s a perfectly normal question for any proactive pregnant woman or breastfeeding mother to have. Plus, having frozen breast milk on hand and ready to use could be a great way to save yourself a little time and effort. As any parent knows, convenience is a wonderful thing. Additionally, if your family is on the go or you’re not physically with your baby, your stash of stored milk can come in handy. But is it safe to prepare and use frozen breast milk for your little one?
The short answer to this question is yes. “Breast milk can be frozen,” International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Leigh Anne O’Connor tells Romper. “It is best to freeze it in small batches of two to four ounces to avoid waste.” Just like you wouldn’t want to cook an entire feast when no one is hungry, you don’t want portion out large quantities of breast milk that you won’t end up using entirely. Basically, you can thaw out additional batches as you need them rather than having to throw away leftover breast milk.
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