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Baby Medical Q&A, Issue #088 Expressed Breast Milk Info
February 01, 2014
Welcome to another edition of Baby Medical Q&A News.
Expressing and Storing Breast Milk
As you know, breast milk is the best food you can give your infant. The WHO advises breast-feeding infants up until the age of 2 years.
Reasons to Express and Store Milk
There are several reasons you may want to express breast milk and store it to be given at a later time:
Methods of EXpressing Breast Milk
You can choose to manually express milk by squeezing your breasts or you can use a breast pump. Breast pumps may be hand suction pumps or electric
Using a breast pump
Comparing Methods of Expressing Breast Milk
A review of the literature investigated different methods of expressing breast milk -
-they looked to see if there was any difference in bacterial contamination between electric and hand expressing. They found no differences.
-they looked at what helped with producing a good volume, and although some studies suggested more volume with large electric pumps, there were good volumes shown with manual expressing and hand pumps, so I would advise that these are tried first.
-more milk was expressed if relaxing music was played, so staying relaxed is important whatever method you choose.
Sterilizing the bottles and pumps
It is very important to sterilise the bottle which contain the milk and the pump
parts if a pump is used. This prevents bacterial contamination, which could potentially cause serious infection in your baby.
Before sterilizing, make sure you have washed the bottles, teats and pump with soapy water and then rinsed with cool water. Sterilize pumps before and after each use.
Methods of sterilization include:
1. Cold Water Sterilizing Solution
2. Steam Sterilizing (Electric or microwave)
If the bottles and teats are not being used immediately, put the teats on the bottles and put the lids on to prevent bacterial contamination.
Storing Expressed Breast Milk
Always store expressed breast milk in a sterilized container, such as a bottle. Mark the date and time the milk was expressed on the container and make sure you use the oldest milk first.
Expressed breast milk can be stored:
Store the milk in small volumes, such as 100-300 ml, just enough for a feed.
Do not add freshly expressed breast milk to frozen milk.
Thawing Frozen Expressed Breast Milk
You can thaw milk in a couple of ways:
Using Expressed Breast Milk
Avoid Bacterial ContaminationNB. If the milk develops a pink color, this indicates probable infection. Discard the milk and sterilize all the equipment again. Some bacteria produce a pink color and so this is a strong clue that the milk is contaminated. Not all bacteria do this, so the milk may still be contaminated even if a normal color.
You avoid contamination by:
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Till next time,
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