Whether you are going back to work, want to have someone help with feedings or need to have enough breastmilk for your baby if you have to be away for sometime, you will need to pump out and store breastmilk.To do this, you have to get into a routine of expressing and storing breastmilk to keep your supply up in other for your baby to continue to get the amazing benefits of your milk!
To successfully express breastmilk, you will require the following:
- A good and comfortable breastpump.
- BPA and Phtalate Free sterilizable containers or breast milk storage bags.
It is standard practice to wash your hands before expressing and handling milk for storage. Always label and date your bottles and bags so you can use the oldest milk first. After each pumping session, clean your breast pump with warm soapy water and sterilize.
You can store freshly expressed breastmilk in the following ways:
ROOM TEMPRATURE: Freshly expressed milk can be kept at room temprature for up to 4 hours.
INSULATED COOLER: They can be stored in an insulated cooler with ice packs for up to 24 hours.
REFRIGERATION: The can be stored at the back of the fridge for up to 5 days in an ideal steady power situation. However, it is recommended to use or deep freeze within 3 days.
DEEP FREEZER: They can be storred in a deep freezer for up to 12 months. It is advisble to use within 6 months of freezing.
TO defreeze breastmilk, place the frozen container in the fridge overnight to thaw by morning. You can also defreeze in a bowl of warm water. A bottle warmer can be used to warm breastmilk. Please note that not all bottle warmers can defreeze a milk storage bag. Check if your can before use or pour the thawed breast milk in a bottle before you place it in a bottle warmer.