Labeling your baby's bottles for daycare or at home keeps feeding times as organized as possible. Those little labels can save your overworked and overtired brain a lot of hassle and hesitation when it comes to trying to figure out just how long that last feeding has been sitting in the fridge. Take care when choosing the best storage containers to help ensure your baby is getting the safest and healthiest breast milk possible.
Pour the breast milk into a refrigerator- or freezer-safe container. You can use bottles or hard plastic cups with screw-on caps, or pre-sterilized nursing bags, advises The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Use containers that are designed specifically for storing breast milk. Because breast milk cannot be refrozen once it has thawed, pour no more than the equivalent of one feeding into each container.
Write your baby's name on a sticker label if you'll be taking the storage container to daycare and attach the sticker to the bottle. Choose labels that peel off easily to make washing and reusing the bottle a little easier. Some disposable breast milk storage bags have a place for you to write your child's name. If so, write your baby's name prior to pouring the breast milk into the storage bag.
Record the date and time that you expressed the milk on the label. Breast milk can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours but can be stored in the freezer for at least three months, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you are using breast milk storage bags, write the date and time prior to pouring the milk into the bag.
Place the breast milk storage containers near the back of the freezer, recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics. The freezer door is more susceptible to temperature changes when the door is opened and closed. Place the newest containers behind the older ones to make sure you use the breast milk before it expires.
There are a variety of safe plastic bottles available, but be sure to check each label to ensure it is Bisphenol A (BPA)-free. While most plastic bottles that contained BPA were recalled or pulled from store shelves, you can never be too careful when it comes to your baby's health and safety.
Talk to your daycare provider about any additional labeling requirements at the facility.