Do you wish to express and store your milk? You might be returning to work, but want your baby to continue reaping the benefits of breast milk. Or maybe you would like to give your partner a turn at feeding the baby. Whatever the reason, if you choose to express milk, then it is imperative that you store the milk correctly. Below are some breast milk storage guidelines for breast milk expression and storage.
I remember I had to go back to work shortly after the birth of my daughter; like so many other mothers I didn't have a choice in the matter. I didn’t have the luxury of enjoying one-on-one time with my baby girl, except for the first month after her birth. I hated having to be away from her so soon, and I remember worrying myself sick about her nursing habits while I was away. Fortunately, I had an aunt who offered to look after her so that I’d have some peace of mind, knowing she was in good hands, experienced hands!
My doctor advised hiring a breast pump from the nursing facility at the hospital. The breast-pump turned out to be the best decision I could have made. When I had too much milk, I would pump more and freeze the extra breastmilk for the low supply days – and so my breastfeeding experience began to improve. Finally!
There are such a large variety of breastmilk storage options available to nursing mothers today. Storing your breastmilk may have seemed like a daunting task at first, but with the vast amount of information available at our fingertips - thanks to the internet - nursing fears should not be as crippling anymore. You can meet your baby’s nursing needs regularly, and you can find solutions for your breastmilk supply problems at the touch of a button.
If you choose to express milk, it is vital that you store the milk correctly. Below are some breastmilk storage guidelines for breast milk expression and storage.
There are two primary methods of expressing milk; by hand or by utilizing a pump. Many women find that expressing milk by hand is simpler than expressing using a pump and saves on the cost of the additional equipment. However, other women find it challenging to learn hand expression techniques and prefer to use a pump.
To learn these breastfeeding techniques, it can be useful to get some guidance from a trained breastfeeding adviser. Using a breast pump can also take some practice to get right. Whichever method you choose, it is imperative that you make sure you are comfortable and that you have plenty of time. A helpful tip is to drink a glass of water while you are expressing, as this encourages milk flow.
Before you get started with breast milk expression and storage, it is important to have all the right equipment ready.
To make sure you the milk is safe to drink, it is essential that you use the following guidelines:
Prices of storage products vary depending on the requirements and range from affordable, convenient, disposable breastmilk storage options to more pricey re-usable storage products. They are available at most major supermarkets, second-hand stores, baby chain-stores and online.
The range of storage containers varies depending on your needs and requirements.
Here are the most widely preferred options:
These are but to name a few options, you may want to consider when looking for a safe, long or short term storage option for your breastmilk supply.
1. Medela pump and safe breastmilk bags
2. Milkies milk saver bags
3. Ameda store and pour breastmilk storage bags
4. Up & Up breastmilk storage bags
5. Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags
6. Nuk seal and go breastmilk storage bags
7. Philips Avent breastmilk storage bags
8. Kiide twist (direct-pump) breastmilk storage bags
9. Tommee Tippee pump and go storage bags
10. Honeysuckle breastmilk storage bags
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