WHY FREEZE-DRY MY MILK?

Freezing is the current standard for storage of breast milk. However, long-term freezing of breast milk results in a decrease in quality of the milk. Some important and significant decreases in quality have been observed in human milk stored in the freezer.

At Milkify, we believe in evidence-based scientific research.

Researchers around the world now agree that freeze-drying breast milk is safe and more effective than freezing for preserving the nutritional, immunological, and probiotic properties of breast milk that make it the gold standard of nutrition. We put together this guide to explain the differences between freezing and freeze-drying, and what the current research says about both.

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Freezer Storage

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Freeze-drying

NUTRIENTS

​Human milk is the ideal food to nourish infants - it contains vital macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, & fats) that are needed for healthy development​.

ANTIOXIDANTS / VITAMINS 

Antioxidants in breast milk help prevent damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species. Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients that are also important for development and functioning of various organ systems.

IMMUNE FACTORS

Breast milk contains a complex mix of immune factors that help provide protection from infectious agents. Antibodies, cytokines, growth factors, and other bioactive factors in breast milk are important forms of protection while the infant's own immune system is maturing.

PROBIOTICS & PREBIOTICS

Human breast milk is a living food! Probiotic bacteria in your breast milk (such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) are important for establishing your infant's initial gut microbiota. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are important prebiotics for these bacteria, as they provide the food that these bacteria use to grow and multiply.