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6/12/2019

How to store the correct milk

Now more and more nursing mothers are active outside the home. Blanching breast milk is also an option so that children's nutritional intake is still fulfilled. That is why it is important to know how to store breast milk properly.

There are various choices of places to store milk, such as glass bottles, plastic bottles labeled free of hazardous materials, or special plastic packaging for breast milk. It is better to avoid storing dairy milk in bottles or plastic used for general use. This is because the breastmilk storage also affects the quality of the milk stored.


Keep packaging clean


In order to maintain the quality of breast milk that is stored, it is important to first sterilize baby bottles or packs of milk breast milk containers that will be cooled or frozen. Perform sterilization by boiling the bottle and the breast pump part that comes into contact with the skin, in boiling hot water for about 5-10 minutes.
 
Besides manually boiling, you can also use electric sterilizers. But beforehand, don't forget to check the security and durability of the packaging on the label. Be careful when sterilizing bottles made of glass, because this material is more at risk of rupture.
 
No less important is to prevent the development of bacteria from dairy milk which is to maintain hand hygiene when flushing, or when storing breast milk in the packaging. Use soap to wash your hands before flushing, and wash the bottles of breast milk before sterilizing.
 
For dairy milk to be frozen, put the bottle directly into the freezer immediately after milking. You should not fully fill bottles or plastic packaging. The reason is because breast milk tends to expand in a frozen state.
 
Especially for plastic containers that contain milk, place it again in a container or other packaging box before putting it in the refrigerator. This is because plastic packaging is more at risk of leaking. Finally, don't forget to give a label that lists the date ASI is milked, on bottles or plastic packaging.
 

Storage Time


Storage of dairy milk should be adjusted to its use. ASI will be used as soon as possible, it is better to put it in the refrigerator that will not make it frozen.
 
Dairy milk can be stored from a few hours to several months, depending on the temperature of the placement. The following are the principles of breastfeeding that must be known :

  • Dairy milk lasts up to 6 hours if placed at room temperature around 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Dairy milk lasts up to 24 hours, when stored in a cooler that is added to an ice pack ( ice pack ).
  • Dairy milk can last up to 5 days, when placed in the refrigerator with a temperature of at least 4 degrees Celsius.
  • Dairy milk lasts up to 6 months if stored in a freezer with a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius or lower.

It's just to keep in mind, the process of freezing dairy milk is likely to eliminate some substances that are important to dispel infections in infants. The longer storage of milk, both cooled and frozen, will eliminate the vitamin C content in breast milk.
 However, the milk that has been frozen, the nutritional value is still much better than formula milk

Tips to Melt Dairy Milk


Melted frozen milk is likely to experience changes in color, odor, and consistency compared to fresh milk.

Therefore, it's natural for Mother to find the milk settling after being stored in the refrigerator. This condition is normal and just shake the storage bottle to mix it again.
 
Some babies refuse frozen milk. If so, you can try to shorten the shelf life of the milk or warm the milk before giving it to your little one :

  • To dilute frozen milk, can use electric breast milk warmers that can be used at home or in a car. If it is not available, then you can place the milk breastmilk storage bottle in a pan or bowl filled with warm water. Let stand a few moments. Remember, do not put the pot or basin on the burning stove.
  • Frozen milk, preferably not immediately released at room temperature. Some studies reveal rapid temperature changes that can affect the content of antibodies in breast milk that are beneficial to the baby. Frozen milk from the freezer can be placed first in the refrigerator in the refrigerator, then warm it as above.
  • If milk is needed immediately, then you can place it under running water with normal temperature. Then continue flowing with warm water. If it's not warm enough, place the bottle in a bowl of warm water. To check whether the ASI temperature is suitable for the child, drop it on the wrist. If the temperature is appropriate, breast milk can be given directly to the little one.
  • Even though it seems easy, avoid heating or melting the milk using the microwave . This tool can create spots on the bottle of milk that might be dangerous for your little one. This spot appears because of the heat. Again, changes in milk that are too fast in milk can eliminate the antibodies needed by babies.

Breast milk is the best nutrition for babies. Proper storage of dairy milk can help breastfeeding mothers who work or move outside the home to keep the baby's needs. If necessary, consult a doctor for more information. 

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