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Food/ Nutrition

How to Clean Your Breast Pump

Check out the step by step pictorial directions from CDC on how to keep your Breast Pump Clean and baby healthy!

My Plate: Healthy Lifestyle Website

Remember the food pyramid? Meet MyPlate, the official symbol of the five food groups. Learn how to make MyPlate work for you. Check out resources such as  Budget friendly food ideas. Healthy food choices don’t have to cost a lot. Find SNAP savings in your area and discover new ways to prepare budget-friendly foods. Build healthy eating habits one goal at a time! Use the Start Simple with MyPlate app to pick simple daily food goals, see real-time progress, and earn badges along the way. Find easy, low cost recipes. View delicious recipes in our very own MyPlate Kitchen! Search by ingredient to use what you already have or browse by category to find something new. Save your favorites, make personalized cookbooks, and more! Check out the website below!

Go to for resources for healthy living

GovBenefits is a free, easy-to-use website that helps people find government benefits and assistance programs they may be eligible to receive.

Safe Storage of Breastmilk

Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

Safely Preparing and Storing Expressed Breast Milk

  •  Be sure to wash your hands before expressing or handling breast milk.
  • When collecting milk, be sure to store it in clean containers, such as screw cap bottles, hard plastic cups with tight caps, or heavy-duty bags that fit directly into nursery bottles. Avoid using ordinary plastic storage bags or formula bottle bags, as these could easily leak or spill.
  • If delivering breast milk to a child care provider, clearly label the container with the child’s name and date.
  • Clearly label the milk with the date it was expressed to facilitate using the oldest milk first.
  • Do not add fresh milk to already frozen milk within a storage container. It is best not to mix the two.
  • Do not save milk from a used bottle for use at another feeding.

Safely Thawing Breast Milk

  •  As time permits, thaw frozen breast milk by transferring it to the refrigerator for thawing or by swirling it in a bowl of warm water.
  • Avoid using a microwave oven to thaw or heat bottles of breast milk
  •  Microwave ovens do not heat liquids evenly. Uneven heating could easily scald a baby or damage the milk
  • Bottles may explode if left in the microwave too long.
  • Excess heat can destroy the nutrient quality of the expressed milk.
  • Do not re-freeze breast milk once it has been thawed.



Expressed Breastmilk Storage Recommendation



How long


15-27℃ (59-80°F)

4 hours Max

Personal cooler/ ice packs

15℃ (59°F)

24 hours


4-10℃ ( 39.2-50°F)

4 days optimal (Up to 7 days)


-4-0℃ (24-32

6 months optimal (Up to 12 months)

Breastfeeding Support Resources

Kelly Mom– This website was developed by a mom and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.


La Leche League– A national group with a local chapter with support groups, Facebook page and hotline to provide support for those wishing to breastfeed. Their mission statement: “La Leche League USA (and in turn, LLL of San Antonio) helps parents, families, and communities to breastfeed, chestfeed, and human milk feed their babies through parent-to-parent support. LLL USA encourages, informs, educates, supports, and promotes the use of human milk and the intimate relationship and development that comes from nursing a child for as long as mutually desired.”


Latched-Offers in home breastfeeding support for SA families as well as parenting education, material assistance, car seat safety services, and resource guidance tailored to each family’s needs. There is an option on the website to make a professional or self referral for services.
San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition– Local coalition to Promote, Protect and Support Breastfeeding. Has multiple links for families to find support groups, lactation consultants, WIC information, etc.


Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary, free maternal and childhood health program that gives first-time moms valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age. Partnering first-time moms with an experienced Registered Nurse empowers these women to confidently create a better life for their children and themselves.

Nursing Mothers Advisory Council

The Nursing Mothers Advisory Council is a volunteer organization that offers free support and counseling for breastfeeding mothers. Learn more at

San Antonio Food Bank

The San Antonio Food Bank actively fights hunger and feeds hope in San Antonio and Southwest Texas. Our focus is for clients to have food for today but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future. Through our network of 500 partner agencies, the San Antonio Food Bank distributes thousands of pounds of food through mobile pantries and food fairs. These programs work to move perishable and non-perishable food items quickly to qualifying families and individuals.


United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

United Way has become synonymous with caring and helping children, families and individuals. We have a long tradition of helping people with basic needs – food, clothing, shelter and safety – and changing lives through strong, well-managed programs. United Way is also engaging the community to get to the heart of problems

WIC (Women, Infant, and Children’s Program)

WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program funded by federal and state governments to make nutritious foods available to women, infants and children. The following persons may be eligible:

  • women who are pregnant
  • breastfeeding mothers
  • women who have given birth within the past 6 months
  • infants and children under 5 years old


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