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- Why have I seen different recommendations for storing breast milk?
- Does the temperature of the room matter if I plan to leave breast milk on the counter until I use it?
- What is the recommended method to store and serve breast milk that is leftover from a feeding?
- How can I determine the temperature of my refrigerator and freezer?
- If I move stored breast milk that has been in a kitchen freezer to a deep/chest freezer or vice versa, do the storage recommendations change?
- If I don’t use breast milk stored in the refrigerator within a few days, can I still freeze it to use later?
- Can I mix freshly expressed breast milk with older breast milk?
- The power went out! Do I have to throw out all of my stored frozen breast milk?
- Where can I store my breast milk at work?
- What are the recommendations for properly storing expressed breast milk while traveling?
Why have I seen different recommendations for storing breast milk?
Many factors can affect how long breast milk can be stored in various locations, such as storage temperature, temperature fluctuations, and cleanliness while expressing and handling breast milk. These factors make it difficult to recommend exact times for storing breast milk in various locations.
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Does the temperature of the room matter if I plan to leave breast milk on the counter until I use it?
Yes. If you live in a warmer climate or keep your home at a warmer temperature, you should place breast milk in the refrigerator if it will not be used within a few hours. Breast milk does not spoil as quickly at cooler temperatures.
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What is the recommended method to store and serve breast milk that is leftover from a feeding?
If your baby did not finish the bottle, the leftover breast milk can still be used within 2 hours after the baby is finished feeding. After 2 hours, leftover breast milk should be thrown away. To avoid wasting unfed milk, consider storing, thawing, and warming milk in smaller amounts.
See CDC’s Storage and Preparation of Breast Milk guidelinesfor more information.
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How can I determine the temperature of my refrigerator and freezer?
Your refrigerator should be 40°F or below, and your freezer should be 0°F or below. If your refrigerator/freezer thermostats do not show the temperatures, use inexpensive freestandingappliance thermometersexternal icon. Even if your refrigerator/freezer do show the temperatures, appliance thermometers may be important if you lose power or have mechanical problems.
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If I move stored breast milk that has been in a kitchen freezer to a deep/chest freezer or vice versa, do the storage recommendations change?
No. You can count the age of the milk from the first time that it was frozen, regardless of when it was moved. As long as the temperature of the freezer is 0°F or below, it does not matter whether it is a kitchen freezer or a deep freezer. Breast milk can be stored in the freezer (at 0° F or colder) for up to 12 months, although using it within 6 months is best. The temperature of kitchen freezers is typically 0° F and although deep freezers or chest freezers may be able to operate at a temperature colder than 0° F, both types of freezers fall within the guideline of keeping frozen milk at a temperature of 0° F.
Moving frozen breast milk between freezer locations should be done quickly to ensure that the milk stays frozen. It may be useful to pack the frozen breast milk on ice packs while transporting the milk from one location to another.
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If I don’t use breast milk stored in the refrigerator within a few days, can I still freeze it to use later?
After 4 days of refrigeration, your breast milk should be used or thrown away. Breast milk has properties that slow the growth of bad bacteria. These properties begin to decline after a few days of refrigeration. If you think you won’t use breast milk within a few days, the sooner you freeze it, the better.
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Can I mix freshly expressed breast milk with older breast milk?
Mixing freshly expressed breast milk with already cooled or frozen milk is not advised because it can rewarm the older stored milk. It is best to cool freshly expressed milk before combining it with older, previously cooled or frozen milk. It is also important to consider storage duration guidelines for breast milk. For example, if combining cooled milk pumped on different days, the duration of storage should be based on when the older milk was first stored.
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The power went out! Do I have to throw out all of my stored frozen breast milk?
Your breast milk may still be safe, but it depends on how long the power is out and how defrosted or warm the breast milk becomes. Freezers, if left unopened and full during a power outage, will keep food safe for about 48 hours (about 24 hours if half full). When freezers are full, the other frozen items help keep the freezer colder longer. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. While the power is out, keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible.
Once the power is back on, check the condition of your stored breast milk. Frozen breast milk that has started to thaw but still contains ice crystals can be refrozen. If your breast milk has completely thawed but still feels cold, put it in the refrigerator and use it within the next day or throw it away.
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Where can I store my breast milk at work?
Expressed breast milk is a food and may be stored alongside other foods in any refrigerator that is appropriate for food storage. Employers, coworkers, cleaning staff, other family members, and childcare providers should not consider or treat breast milk as a biohazard. Storing breast milk in a shared refrigerator and washing pump parts in community break rooms are unlikely to pose health risks (sanitary or safety issues); however, it is important that the breast pump equipment be cleaned, dried, and stored in a sanitary (clean) environment to protect the equipment (and expressed breast milk) from contamination.
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What are the recommendations for properly storing expressed breast milk while traveling?
Traveling by air?
- You are allowed to carry more than 3.4 ounces of breast milk in your carry-on bag, as well as ice and gel packs.
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)external icon has specific screening procedures for anyone traveling with breast milk.
- Consider keeping a copy of the TSA regulations in your carry-on bag.
Expressed breast milk may be stored and transported in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours, or else frozen in dry ice (follow safety precautions when handling dry iceexternal icon). Once breast milk is cooled, it should remain cool until it is consumed. Breast milk that has been transported in an insulated cooler bag with frozen ice packs can then be refrigerated or frozen.
Depending on the destination, if no reliable breast milk storage is available, a mother traveling with expressed breast milk could consider using temperature-controlled shipping to transport breast milk or discarding her expressed breast milk. Continuing to express breast milk regularly will help a mother to maintain her breast milk supply until she and her nursing infant or child can be reunited. Visit CDC’s Travel Recommendations for the Nursing Mother webpage to learn more.
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What is it called when you repeatedly ask questions? ›
inquisitive. adjective. asking a lot of questions about things, especially things that people do not want to talk about.Why are questions more important than answers? ›
Briefly put, questions are more important than answers because questions seek to understand–to clarify and frame and evaluate while answers, at their best, are temporary responses whose relative quality can decay over time, needing to be reformed and remade and reevaluated as the world itself changes.What are the 5 star interview questions? ›
- Tell me about a time when you were faced with a challenging situation. ...
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- Give me an example of a time you made a mistake at work.
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- Tell me about a time when you handled the pressure well.
Toby always asks lots of questions, often repeating the same question over and over again even once you have answered him. Usually the questions are about what is going to happen later in the group.What is Hypophora? ›
Definition of hypophora
Hypophora is a figure of speech wherein a writer raises a question and then immediately answers it. Usually, the question is asked in the first paragraph of the written work and then second paragraph is used to answer the question. Synonyms for hypophora are antipophora and anthypophora.
Frequently asked questions, or FAQs as they are known, are a great way to improve your customer's experience of your website. It allows you to answer the questions that are most commonly asked surrounding your product or service.Why is it important to constantly ask questions? ›
We ask questions in order to learn more information about something, and we answer questions to provide more information. Asking and answering questions is not only a part of how we learn, but it is also a part of our social skills; we ask and answer questions to be polite and build and maintain relationships.How does Socratic questioning work? ›
The Socratic approach to questioning is based on the practice of disciplined, thoughtful dialogue. Socrates, the early Greek philosopher/teacher, believed that disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enabled the student to examine ideas logically and to determine the validity of those ideas.How long should FAQ answers be? ›
A good rule of thumb is to write short answers to each question — two to three paragraphs would make a good answer. If you go longer, the page will be too long and cluttered.How many questions should a FAQ have? ›
There's no right or wrong answer here, since this will vary greatly by the nature of your business and the intelligence of your customers. That said, you want to find a nice middle ground. Fewer than five questions might indicate you haven't done your research… or that you didn't need an FAQ to begin with.
What is the difference between FAQ and Q&A? ›
In FAQ Schema one question has only one answer but in Q&A schema, one question may have multiple answers. For example, let's take the example of What are the top 11 SEO Tools Every Marketer Should Use in 2020.What are the 5 hardest interview questions? ›
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Why should we hire you?
- What's something that you didn't like about your last job?
- Why do you want this job?
- How do you deal with conflict with a co-worker?
- Here's an answer for you.
Be sure to briefly cover your education, work history and a hobby. The interviewer wants to know you are well-rounded person. Show confidence in yourself and your abilities. Key words to use are: profit, challenge, responsibility, developing new skills, team player, etc.
Many autistic people get very stuck in loops of rumination and uncertainty, and the feeling of going round and round, the anxiety and worry, can be really unbearable. I call this 'loops of concern'.Why do anxious people ask so many questions? ›
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Set a limit on the number of repetitive questions that can be asked. Outline the 'rules' for your child and explain their options. Let your child know that they can choose another topic in which case you can keep talking with them. It may help to offer a few choices of topic.What are examples of procatalepsis? ›
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Polysyndeton is a list or series of words, phrases, or clauses that is connected with the repeated use of the same conjunction.What is epizeuxis in English? ›
epizeuxis, in literature, a form of repetition in which a word is repeated immediately for emphasis, as in the first and last lines of “Hark, Hark!Why do some people repeat questions? ›
The person's repetitive questions may suggest both a need for information and an emotional need. Repeated stories often represent highly significant memories. The person may repeat themselves because they want to communicate and cannot find anything else to say.
What disorder is repeating what other people say? ›
Repeating phrases, words, or noises that you hear others say is the main symptom of echolalia. It can also cause anxiety, irritability, or frustration while talking to someone.What is repetition disorder? ›
Palilalia, a disorder of speech characterized by compulsive repetitions of utterances has been found in various neurological and psychiatric disorders. It has commonly been interpreted as a defect of motor speech.Is repeating phrases OCD? ›
Characteristics of OCD
Repetitive behaviors/compulsions are conducted to eliminate intrusive thoughts. Examples of compulsive behaviors may include hand washing, checking, counting, repeating words, or praying. Rituals cause great discomfort in people and get in the way of their comfortable living.
Repetition. A person with Alzheimer's may do or say something over and over — like repeating a word, question or activity — or undo something that has just been finished. In most cases, he or she is probably looking for comfort, security and familiarity.What stage of dementia is repeated questions? ›
Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline
Memory loss and forgetfulness. Asking the same question repeatedly.
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