I was going through my files pedcasts the other day and I found a gem pedcast-one interview with one of my excellent pediatric nurses, Anne Gessner. Anne is not only a great nurse, but also an expert certified lactation consultant with experience. She and I talked about various topics related to breast milk, and I would like to summarize the excellent information she gave to my listeners and I. If you are looking for practical advice on the production, stockpiling and use of breast milk, which has come to the right place.
pumps Breast 101
First, let’s talk about breast pumps. The fact is that many mothers do not need one. Most babies are excellent in nursing and get the nutrition they need less born prematurely, are ill just after birth, or have other special health conditions as a neurological condition, motor difficulties suction or a structural problem such as cleft lip or palate. Certainly for these families, a breast pump is essential equipment. There are also other situations where a breast pump is very good to have. For example, if the mother expects short periods of separation from her baby very intermittently, cheap hand pump may be adequate. This type of pump is slow and tiring to use, but can do the job for very occasional use. The nice thing about a hand pump breast is that they are very cheap. If the mother will be away from your baby for longer periods of time, however, you might work outside the home, Anne and I recommend that you invest in a double electric pump, manufactured by a quality company that has been in the business for a long time. These pumps will cost $ 200 and $ 300, but well built, durable, and will be sustained in the long term. Remember, this small pump is to get a lot of use. For those families who find a baby that is not a very good food as a preemie, hospital grade double electric pump may be necessary. These pumps are very expensive, costing around $ 2000, but fortunately can be rented. These pumps are excellent and worth the rental price. And remember, under the Obamacare law requires insurance companies to cover the cost of a breast pump. Take advantage of this opportunity if you believe that will help you be successful breastfeeding.
Milk Management breast
Ok, now that you have mastered the pumping process, you need to learn how manage and store breast milk for your baby to get the maximum benefits of this wonderful food.
Remember, breast milk is a powerful substance that has cells that actually is able to clean itself and maintaining its power and clean living. If some bacteria begins to grow in the extracted milk, milk effectively protects itself from spoiling. Amazing. properly store is not just a security issue but is an attempt to preserve the good stuff found in milk, antibodies and living part of breast milk. While data can sometimes be confusing, here’s the consensus among experts of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the LLL regarding the life of the expressed breast milk. expressed breastmilk which is kept at room temperature should be consumed in 3-7 hours. If milk is stored in the refrigerator, it should be used within 3-7 days, and if it has been frozen since production, you should give your baby within 6-12 months. An easy way to remember these times is the rule of 5s. Fresh breast milk was kept at room temperature, should be consumed within 5 hours, the milk has been cooled in the refrigerator should be consumed within 5 days and frozen breast milk should be used within 5 months. Thaw frozen or refrigerated heated breast milk should be consumed within one hour of heating.
Breast Milk Storage
You may be wondering what is the best type of container to store expressed milk in. The options are the bottles or plastic disposable plastic bags. I think there is definitely a glass container is the best because it is inert and will not change milk anyway- but break if you let them fall. You may have heard of BPA (bisphenol-A) chemistry. Many people feel that this chemical that can leave some plastics can be harmful so in 2012 the FDA banned its use in baby bottles and sippy cups. Avoid all plastic food containers bearing the number 7 inside a triangle on the outside of the container. These contain BPA. Most liners are BPA free plastic now, but not all, be sure to check before use. When you make up your containers to store them, let some air at the top so that the milk can be extended if frozen, store in 4 quantities ounces, and and label each with a date and time so you know what that milk should be used first. As removed from the freezer or refrigerator, use oldest first for obvious reasons. Babies can drink cold or hot milk, but most people prefer to warm. Put the milk in hot water at low temperature and swirling occasionally will do the trick. Never, however, microwave milk. This not only has the potential to damage milk, but there are many cases of severe burns babies because the microwave can heat the milk unevenly.
Finally, there are some things you need to know about handling breast milk. Cleanliness is important. Your hands have to be very clean to handle everything related to breast milk. The pump parts can be washed in the dishwasher. the tube can be cleaned with soap and warm water, but should dry so that mold will not develop inside the tube. This can be done by blowing air through the tube. Some mothers are surprised that the newly expressed breast milk can be of different colors at different times depending on the intake of food mom or vitamins. Pink or blue are not uncommon. Do not worry about this, that’s fine. And the cream layer, can be easily separated. Just shake put the fat back in milk.
Thus, to summarize, breast milk is a wonderful powerful substance that is far superior to infant formula. It has to be collected and handled with care, but it is actually quite sturdy, rarely spoil. Remember the rule 5 of 5 hours at room temperature good, good 5 days in the refrigerator and 5 months of life of freezer storage. And finally, if you will be away from your baby for long periods of time, get a good electric breast pump and keep the milk coming.
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