Storage of Breast milk and Formula and Infant Feeding Practices will adhere to CDC, CACFP and CCD guidance.
All EHS Staff will refer to Infant Feeding Practices Packet which will include the documents listed below:
Multnomah County and CCD Policy on Serving of formula, handling of bottles and feeding infants
Bottle Feeding Infants (CACFP Document)
Preventing Choking in Infants and Young Children (CACFP document)
By following safe preparation and storage techniques, nursing mothers and caretakers of breastfed infants and children can maintain the high quality of expressed breast milk and the health of the baby.
- As time permits, thaw frozen breast milk by transferring it to the refrigerator for thawing or by swirling it in a bowl of warm water.
- Avoid using a microwave oven to thaw or heat bottles of breast milk
- Microwave ovens do not heat liquids evenly. Uneven heating could easily scald a baby or damage the milk
- Bottles may explode if left in the microwave too long.
- Excess heat can destroy the nutrient quality of the expressed milk.
- Do not re-freeze breast milk once it has been thawed.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics.
Performance Standard: 1304.23 (e) (2)
Policy Council approved: May 2010