4 | Chapter One
Make sure the bottles of thawed or freshly expressed •
unfrozen breast milk are kept cold until they are consumed
within five days.
Keep hands, bottles, and equipment clean when handling •
Thaw frozen breast milk in the refrigerator or under cold •
If the mother prefers the breast milk to be fed warm, hold •
the bottle under warm running water or swirl it in a bowl of
warm water just before giving it to the baby. Always make
sure it doesn’t get too hot. Do not heat bottles of milk on
the stove or in a microwave, and do not store warmed breast
milk or formula at room temperature. Shake heated milk so
the temperature of the milk is evenly distributed.
Always shake bottles of breast milk before feeding to •
overcome separation of fat that may have occurred during
Check whether your state or local public health office has •
regulations on storing and handling breast milk to keep it
Provide breast-feeding information to parents (see further •
reading at the end of this chapter).
Supporting the Breast-Feeding Mom
What We SaW
Upon enrollment of each infant, the director and the teachers met
with the parents to develop an individual nutrition plan for the child.
Parents indicated their wishes for the nutritional health of their child,
and a mutually agreeable communication system was developed. If the
mother was breast-feeding and preferred privacy, she was provided with
a screened-off area in the room. Teachers understood the importance of
breast-feeding and of accommodating the mother’s schedule.