Breast milk or breastfeeding is not a well-assimilated topic, I have noticed that a large number of mothers have stopped breastfeeding for aesthetics and comfort or even for the health of the baby in the case that suffers some type of complication when feeding on this ; other mothers continue to do so because they still trust in the nutritional solution that it provides to the babies’ diet, and others also prefer to breastfeed their babies for a savings theme in the purchase of formulas.
In my case, I am convinced that a high number or percentage of attrition is governed by misinformation, such as knowing the care about breastfeeding, for example how to conserve milk to prolong its production, storage period and consumption. The first step is to know how to express the milk and then know how to keep it or keep it safe to give it to your baby, this will help you to always maintain fresh breast milk and available for your period of lactation.
Breast milk: conservation at room temperature
- Breast milk can be left at room temperature about 3 to 4 hours after its extraction. If you want to keep it for longer you will have to put it in the refrigerator or freeze it. When you put the milk in the refrigerator, you can store it in a properly sterilized bottle, the one you used for the extraction, or the one you will use later to feed the baby, or you can use a special bag to store milk.
- Remember to label or date the extraction of each bag or bottle that you keep so that you are using those that take more time in conservation. Read more: 5 most effective pre-holiday diets
Conservation in the refrigerator
- Save breast milk in portions of 2 to 4 ounces, or in the amount your baby eats in each shot so you do not miss and do not over milk, so you will avoid waste.
- Refrigerated breast milk is stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 8 days at the most after it has been removed from your breast. Read more: 8 ways to burn calories without sports
Storage in the fridge or freezer
- If you are going to freeze the milk, leave free space in the container because it expands a little when frozen. The best place to store breast milk is the back of the refrigerator or freezer, where the temperature is more constant.
- Frozen milk is stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 6 months.
Use breast milk after storage
- If you are going to use preserved milk, check the date of the bags or bottles and choose the one that has been stored the longest.
- To defrost or heat breast milk, lower the bag from the refrigerator or freezer to the refrigerator, so that the defrosting process will be progressive; NEVER use the microwave oven to thaw or reheat because this will cause the milk to lose its nutrients; The safest way to heat cold or frozen milk is to put the container or storage bag in a cup of hot water for a few minutes, as would the water bath technique.
- After defrosting the milk you can store it in the refrigerator for 24 hours, or at room temperature for one hour. Your little one can drink cold milk or at room temperature if you prefer.
- After the defrosting process, it is possible that the fat has separated into several layers of the milk, to mix it again, move it gently and do not shake it NEVER vigorously, because the shakes alter the protective proteins of the milk.
- It has been found that in some cases stored milk can smell a little soap, a consequence of the decomposition of milk fats. It’s perfectly safe, but some babies do not like it.
- If your baby does not drink the milk that you have thawed and reheated, NEVER refreeze it; after this process, the idea is to discard it, at the suggestion of several specialists in nutrition and health.
Transport breast milk
- If you are going to take a long trip where you need to extract the milk and keep it, or if you are going to transport milk for a long period because you need to extract it in your place of work and take it home at the end of your day, get a portable cooler with ice and keep your bottles or bags here for 24 hours.
If you follow these instructions carefully, I am sure that you will optimize and take advantage of your breast milk to the maximum, so that you can use it for a longer time for your baby to enjoy this type of feeding, and so do not discard the idea of feeding your baby with breast milk for not knowing the process of its conservation.