Freeze drying breast milk is a great way to store it and make it more convenient to use when you’re away from baby. But before you start freezing your milk at home, you should know how to do it properly.
When it comes to freeze-drying, cleanliness is of the utmost importance. This is because breast milk contains microorganisms that can cause infections and illness in babies.
The best way to store it is in small Mylar bags that block light. These bags also help prevent contamination and keep the milk fresh longer.
Storing your breast milk is a time-consuming process, but it’s important to do it properly so that it lasts as long as possible and keeps its nutritional value.
You can do this yourself with a vacuum device (like a FoodSaver), or you can use dry ice to freeze it. But either way, you have to keep the freeze dryer at a low temperature and not get it too hot or your milk will spoil.
Another benefit of freeze-drying is that it preserves the probiotic bacteria in breast milk. These bacteria are critical for helping your infant’s gut microbiota to develop.