Little Foxes understands the benefits of continued breastfeeding beyond returning to work and therefore breastfeeding does not need to be discontinued before your child starts with us.

We can safely store breast milk for your child.

Little Foxes welcomes mothers who want to breastfeed in any public area of these premises. All practitioners will support the needs of breastfeeding mothers when the opportunity arises.

Ways in which practitioners can support breastfeeding mothers:

  • Making it clear that breastfeeding mothers are welcome
  • Offer a chair
  • If a mother requests a place to feed privately please show her to the designated area
  • Offer her a glass of water

Why Little Foxes supports breastfeeding

We appreciate the short and long term health benefits breastfeeding can have for mothers and their babies

  • We know that nine out of ten women who stop breastfeeding before their baby is 6 weeks old would have liked to breastfed longer
  • We support the Equality Act 2010 and a woman’s right to breastfeed without harassment and discrimination
  • We support a woman’s rights to continue breastfeeding beyond return to work

Preparing to use breast milk

  • Thaw and heat with care – High temperatures over a period of time affect many of the beneficial properties of breast milk
  • Never warm breast milk in a pan on a cooker
  • Never warm breast milk in a microwave, as microwaves do not heat liquids evenly

Defrosting frozen breast milk

Milk can be defrosted in the fridge, avoiding unnecessary heating

To defrost the milk more quickly

  • Hold the storage bag under cool running water and gradually increase the temperature if the water to heat the milk to a feeding temperature or;
  • Immerse the storage bag in a bowl of warm water. Take the milk out and reheat the water if necessary.

Refrigerated milk

  • Can be used straight away or may be warmed under a tap or in a container of warm water
  • Breast milk separates naturally, gently swirl the container to mix.

Storing Breast Milk

Good hygiene is important when storing your milk; reduce the risk of contaminating your milk by:

  • Washing your hands before expressing or handling milk
  • Keeping your pump clean, using hot soapy water for all parts which come into contact with your milk.
  • Keeping your fridge and freezer clean
  • Place containers of milk in a clean bag or lidded box before storing
  • Keeping your milk away from meat, eggs etc.

Storage containers – Plastic milk storage bags are recommended. These are designed for freezing breast milk and are convenient and take up less room in the freezer.

Avoid bags that are not designed for freezing – they may burst or tear. Allow 2 to 3 cm for the milk to expand when frozen and squeeze out the air at the top before sealing.

Freshly expressed milk, refrigerated or cooled immediately Temperature Best Before
Warm Room 19-26 Degrees 4 Hours
Storage bag with ice packs 15 Degrees 10 Hours
Refrigerated milk
Fresh Milk 1-4 Degrees 72 Hours
Defrosted Milk ASAP
Frozen Milk
Freezer Variable temperature 3 Months
Freezer Constant temperature 6 Months

Labelling

Breast milk must be clearly labelled with child’s full name and a date the milk was expressed. It will help to put a best before date too.

It is perfectly normal for expressed milk to look thin, bluish, yellowish or even brownish in colour and for it to separate into a milk layer and a cream layer when stored.

Keeping milk for the next feed

It is best to throw away leftover frozen or heated milk. Avoid wasting milk by offering small amounts at a time.