How to: Prepare an Expressed Milk Feed
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Breast milk is a living substance that contains live cells, including stem cells, which go on to become other body cell types like brain, heart, kidney, or bone tissue.
- Breast milk should be brought in daily and kept in a fridge at 4°C or lower. If you need to purchase a fridge thermometer you can find one here.
- Follow the individual care plan in place, regarding times and quantities for feeds, for each child.
- Ensure that the child’s bottle and teat has been sterilised before preparation (check out our instructions on sterilisation in How to: Prepare a Formula Bottle Feed.
- Sterilise and dry the surface area where the feed is to be prepared, and wash hands thoroughly.
- Warm milk by using a bottle warmer (following the instructions), holding the bottle under warm running water or by sitting the bottle in a jug of warm water.
- Use a sterile thermometer to check that the milk is at body temperature (36.7°C). You can find a suitable baby food thermometer here.
- Dry the outside of the bottle and feed to child.
- Any milk not consumed within an hour of heating up should be thrown away.
DO NOT use a microwave to warm milk, even if checking the temperature with a thermometer, as microwaves can cause uneven hotspots which can burn a child’s mouth.
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