Pumping and storing breastmilk
For weeks you and your baby have been wrapped in a cozy cocoon of togetherness. Eventually though you may need a little time apart. If you have chosen to breastfeed, one excellent solution is to pump your breast milk so a caregiver or another family member can offer it to your baby in a bottle. Here are few different procedures of pumping and storing your breast milk.
The different types: There are different types of breast pumps including manual, battery-operated and electric. Manual models are relatively inexpensive, but they may take about 30 minutes per pumping session. A double electric breast pump, which is used on both breasts at once, can cut that time into half. Battery-operated pumps are portable, but usually are not as powerful as electric ones.
Use the right apparatus: It is generally recommended to use a pump with a collection cylinder that can be fitted with a special nipple to feed your baby. This eliminates the need to transfer the milk and decreases the chance of contamination.
Follow the right schedule: To build up a good supply of extra breast milk, pump two to four times every day midway between regular breastfeeding times. These extra pumps will help your body keep up with the increased milk supply. On the first day you may produce only a small amount of milk. Within 48 hours you should notice an increase in your milk production.
The right storage conditions: Once you have collected your breast milk, it’s important to store it properly to help prevent contamination and spoilage. Your storage options include freezer bags designed especially for breast milk, or glass or plastic bottles. Use sealed and refrigerated breast milk within 48 hours. Remember to always date the bags and use the oldest first. Fill the bags with only the amount of milk needed for one feeding.
The right duration: You can store breast milk in the freezer that’s attached to your refrigerator for approximately 30 days.
It is possible for a mother to pump and store breastmilk. But it is important to follow the right procedure. This ensures health and happiness for both you and your baby.