Feeding the baby
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few people does not cause absolutely no problems. Life is unpredictable and sometimes mums have to leave, go to the hospital or traveling on business, and charging to feed the child to someone else. Let's talk about how, in such cases, to store breast milk.
How to store breast milk
Expressed breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator or in the freezer, in clean, airtight containers. Each container should be written, what time it was decanted milk. If necessary, you can just top up your milk in containers with refrigerated or frozen milk.
How long can I store breast milk
Breast milk for healthy, full term children can be stored:
- At room temperature (25 C) - from 4 to 10 hours;
- In the refrigerator (0 to -3.9 C) - up to 8 days;
- In a freezer at a temperature of -4 C to -17.9 - to two weeks;
- In a freezer at a temperature below -18 C - from six to twelve months. Hold containers breast milk should not on a freezer door, and the rear wall where the temperature is kept around -20 C.
To defrost the milk, to shift container in the refrigerator. Defrost process takes on average night. Use it for 24 hours after it is thawed.
If the child is drinking breast milk from a bottle, the residue can be stored and used only for an hour - then it can start reproduction of a potentially dangerous bacteria.
Different sources can be found a variety of recommendations on how long you can store breast milk - this applies both to storage at room temperature or in the refrigerator and in the freezer. If it causes you serious doubts, you can consult with your doctor.
What breast milk can be stored in a freezer
Although some women just in case decanted and frozen rather large amounts of milk, in most cases it makes sense to put in the freezer a few containers of not more than 120 ml. Send them the date and time when you express milk, not to keep them too long. It is not necessary to freeze the 0.5 liter and the more than 1 liter of milk in the same container - there is a chance that some of you do not have time to use after thawing, and it will have to be discarded.
Breast milk can be frozen, not only in a special bottle, but, for example, in forms for ice cubes (of course, they must be carefully pre-wash). If necessary, you can defrost as many cubes as you need to fill a milk bottle.
Frozen breast milk changes color - is this normal?
Color of frozen or refrigerated milk in the refrigerator may differ from fresh breast milk, but that does not mean that it has deteriorated. When storing the milk may acquire an orange, bluish, yellowish or brownish tint - all this is in the normal range. Furthermore, when the milk is stored in the refrigerator, it can exfoliate - it is also normally, and sufficient to shake the bottle, so that it regained uniform consistency.
How to clean the milk container and suction chest
Before the first use of any of the milk container and a suction breast those items that will be in contact with the breast or milk should be boiled for 5-10 minutes. Pay attention to the manufacturer's recommendations with respect to boiling.
You can also use commercial antimicrobial agents, one boiling efficient and is cheap.
Then, suction breast parts must be washed with soap and hot water after each use. Containers for milk and rubber tips should be boiled before each use during the first three months of life. Otherwise, there is a big risk to put on the child's body bacteria, which the immune system
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until you can handle.
Can I reheat chilled breast milk in a microwave oven
In the microwave oven milk (and not only it) it is warmed evenly. Part of the milk often gets very hot, the other reaches normal temperature, because of what you can decide that the milk is ready to drink, and the child can get burned. The best way to warm a bottle of milk in a pan of warm water, then drop a little milk on the inside of your wrist and when the temperature is normal, to start feeding. Furthermore, today there is a special device for heating the milk, which can be used both at home and in the car.
To defrost breast milk in a microwave oven should not be too - defrost for foods that you eat yourself. To quickly defrost the milk, put the bottle in a container of warm water, and remember to change the water, bit by increasing its temperature.