How To Store Breast Milk

In today’s society, where most moms have busy schedules, breast feeding babies may be seemingly impossible. So how do you ensure your baby is provided with the much needed enzymes, antibodies and nutrients found in breast milk? Well, it’s pretty simple. All you need to do is learn how to store breast milk and your baby can be fed by your baby sitter, husband or nanny round the clock.

How To Express Breast Milk

Thanks to technology, expressing milk has been made simple. Breast pumps come in different shapes and sizes allowing mothers gain access to this much needed commodity for their babies. Here are some tips to gaining maximum benefit from your breast pump. Here are some of my quick personal tips on expressing milk:

Find the right routine – When expressing milk, it is important to always be comfortable. Most people prefer the sitting position, though you are not limited to this. You can stand or lie down as long as you are comfortable.

Keeping connected – Those new to breast pumps may find it unnatural and difficult expressing milk. If this is the case with you, then all you need to do is focus on the purpose of the whole procedure. Of course you want to keep your baby healthy by feeding them the right kind of food. Breast milk has for long been the traditional way of ensuring babies are provided with the right nutrients for healthy growth. Having this in mind helps you adapt to this technology and with time, you won’t have any problems using it.

How to Store Break Milk

Breast milk storage bags are a convenient and inexpensive storage solution

Breast pumps come with special containers designed to safely store breast milk. These containers are mostly disposable for health purposes. When storing breast milk for later use, the most important thing to focus on is your baby’s health. You need to store the milk in such a way that ensures the nutrients are still intact when the baby is fed. So how do you do this?

Use of plastic containers – Antibodies and other essential nutrients and vitamins may be destroyed when using containers made of glass or iron. Plastic on the other hand keeps the milk’s content safe for the baby and you will have little to worry about. All you have to do is ensure the plastic is thoroughly cleaned to avoid contamination.

Freezing breast milk – Breast milk intended for use later on in the day doesn’t necessarily require freezing. However, some moms would want to store milk for use in a week to come or even longer. When using a one-door refrigerator, the milk will be safe for up to a whole week. When using the freezer area in a two-door refrigerator, then the milk will be safe for use for whole month. Freezers can store the milk safely for up to three months.

Thawing breast milk – The best way to ensure nutrients and other important components of breast milk are safe during thawing is to do it quickly. This can be done by placing the container in warm water in a bowl. Never use microwaves for this purpose as the nutrients may be destroyed.

Others tips on storing breast milk

To avoid wasting stored breast milk, it would be wise to use different containers with just few ounces of milk. Most babies only need four ounces of milk during one feed and storing too much may lead to wastage since you can’t place it back in storage.

Right out of storage, breast milk may appear separated. Rather than shake it up, a good idea would be to stir it with a clean spoon. This ensures the nutrients and vitamins are not destroyed. There are also breast milk storage bags specifically designed for storing and carrying breast milk. These ensure the milk is safe during any kind of transportation.

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