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Breastfeeding Advisor

How to give expressed breastmilk

Giving your baby expressed breastmilk is a great chance to bond.

Breastmilk is the best source of the baby's nutrition. Nursing creates bonds of love through the skin-to-skin contact. But, when the mother has difficulties with her nipples or breasts to nurse her baby directly, when she isn't in good physical condition, or when she's separated from her baby, it's necessary to give the baby expressed breastmilk.
This is where Dad comes in! Giving your baby expressed breastmilk is a great chance to bond.

Heating up expressed breastmilk

Expressed breastmilk can only be stored for a limited time.
The nutrients a baby needs change as he grows, and the composition of the breastmilk changes to meet these needs. For this reason, use stored expressed breastmilk as soon as possible, regardless of the storage life.
First, place frozen or chilled breastmilk under running water or in warm water until it thaws. After that, heat it in hot water until it is skin temperature.

Recommended storage period for expressed breastmilk

  Freezer (Approx.-18℃) Refrigerator
Fresh breast milk 3 weeks 24 hours
Thawed breast milk but not warmed Do not refreeze 24 hours

(Source:Pigeon)

*Breastmilk that has been warmed once should not be refrigerated or frozen.
*Breastmilk should not be microwaved, as much of the nutritive value will be lost.
*Breastmilk should not be preserved at room temperature
*Use stored breastmilk as soon as possible, regardless of the storage life.

Hold your baby the same way your wife does when she breastfeeds.

Sit in a chair or on the floor, and cradle your baby. When you do this, make sure that your baby’s body is in a straight line, as it is when your wife holds him for breastfeeding.


Feed your baby so that he’s drinking from the bottle in the same way as he would breastfeed.

When feeding your baby from a bottle, make sure that his lips are turned to the outside, as they are when breastfeeding, and that he opens his mouth wide and latches onto the nipple firmly. When your baby seizes the nipple shallowly, remove it and try again. Check that your baby can latch on deeply.


  • Before giving your baby a bottle, make sure that the temperature is suitable.
    Squeeze a few drops of heated milk onto the inside of your elbow or wrist to check the temperature. It should feel a little warm. When it feels too hot, cool it in cold water until it’s the appropriate temperature.
  • When giving your baby a bottle, there’s a chance the nipple will collapse; don’t tighten the cap too much.
  • Always feed your baby under adult supervision.

After feeding your baby, burp him.

After feeding your baby a bottle, as with breastfeeding, you need to burp him. Hold your baby upright on your shoulder until he burps. When your baby just can’t produce a burp at this time, don’t force it, but put him down to sleep.
When there is any leftover breastmilk in the bottle, be sure to discard it.


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