There's an old saying about not crying over spilled milk, but that's thrown out the window when the spilled milk has been pumped directly from your breast. Not only is pumping a huge task to undertake every day, but keeping up with all of that liquid gold is no joke either. With all the things to know about storing breast milk, it's no wonder that moms are prone to burst into tears if a bottle is spilled or some of that precious milk is wasted.
I wasn't too crazy about many things when my daughter was a newborn, and I tried not to let anxiety get the best of me when it came to making decisions for her. But storing my breast milk? I was a ninja when it came to that and I followed every single guideline I read. The thought of giving my baby breast milk that hadn't been adequately stored made me sick, and I wouldn't take my eyes off the clock once a bottle had been taken from the fridge.
I still breastfed my baby straight from the source, but I was determined to build up a breast milk stash I could be proud of. (And one I could take from when I needed a night out with my friend, alcohol.) Whether you're pumping strictly for a back-up supply or you're a working mom that has to pump in order for your baby to eat, here are 13 things to know about storing your breast milk.