I have a couple questions about the topic in the heading.
Do all breastfeeding moms have to pump their milk? I am a stay at home mom and only breastfeed I do not pump. Is it a bad thing.
What is the proper storage of pumped breast milk and how long is it good for?
What is the proper way to thaw breast milk?
Answer by frogysue
No, you don’t need to pump at all! Most people do for a couple of reasons: it gives them a sense of security because if they every need to stop BFing for a few days, like because they have to go on medication for an infection or something, they know they have a store of milk that their baby can use instead of formula. Also, many moms like the freedom to ocassionally go out w/o baby for longer than a feeding period. But by no means is it bad to not do so, or do you need to do so.
You can store pumped milk in the refrigerator in regular bottles, usually for up to 7 days. You can also freeze milk in the special freezer bags they sell (the fats will stick to regular plastic containers so you should not use them) and freeze the milk for up to 3-4 months. You can combine different pumping sessions as long as you date the whole bottle with the oldest date. It is always preferable not to push the limits of storage times, just to be safe.
You can thaw breast milk in the fridge overnight, or else run it under warm (not hot) water. Once thawed, you need to use it within 24 hours
HOpe that helps!