How to extract and store breast milk.
As a new mom, especially in today's busy world, sometimes there is a need to drain and store breast milk. Whether returning to work, illness, or preparing for a night out, stored breast milk can come in handy on many occasions. With your body producing extra milk during the early days of breastfeeding, many women use this opportunity to expel and store breast milk at an optimal time.
Here are some helpful steps and tips to keep in mind when getting started!
- Always wash your hands before milking, hygiene is very important.
- Before starting it is always helpful to find a quiet place and sit there and relax.
- Keep a glass of water in hand.
- Some women say that looking at a picture of their baby helps with the flow.
- Make sure all your equipment is completely clean and sterile, hygiene is very important.
- Always write the date on each container before storing.
- Plastic storage bags are ideal for freezing. Your local chemist will be able to help you with this.
- Freezing milk is recommended after 24 hours of storage.
- Your stored milk can last in the freezer for a full 3 months.
- It is best to bring frozen breast milk to its normal state in the freezer.
- You can reheat the bottle by placing it in a jug of hot water or in a bottle warmer. Do not heat directly.
- It is strongly advised that you do not use a microwave to heat breast milk, as it affects the fat and protein of the milk.