But how should you go about storing breast milk? What container you use, where you place it, what temperature you keep it at and how long you store it can all impact how safe and nutritious your milk is for baby. Read on to learn how best to preserve the fruits of your labor.
The CDC has recently issued guidelines for cleaning breast pump parts. Here is what the CDC recommends, and how to make following the recommendations as easy as possible. More information on the very sad case of the preterm infant is available here ; the short version for anyone not wanting to read the story is that the baby became very sick after being exposed to a pathogen called Cronobacter sakazakii.
Pumping your milk is one way to provide breast milk to your baby. However, germs can grow quickly in breast milk or breast milk residue that remains on pump parts. Following these steps can keep your breast pump clean and help protect your baby from these germs.
Pumping breast milk can be a pain—all the hooking up, the labeling and storing, not to mention the cleanup. But slacking off on cleaning your pump parts could have dangerous consequences, as evidenced by the case of an infant who contracted the rare but serious Cronobacter infection. That tragic situation prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC to wonder if moms are being given proper instruction on how to care for their pump parts.
Safely prepare and store breast milk. Use clean containers. Breast milk can be stored in glass or hard BPA-free plastic bottles with tight fitting lids and milk storage bags, which are sterile and made for freezing human milk.
When I was still breastfeeding, I remember reading a thread about cleaning breast-pump parts with laser-eyed intensity. Brand-new guidelines from the CDChowever, encourage a higher level of vigilance. A single case prompted the CDC to wonder whether parents were being properly informed about cleaning and caring for pump parts.
After a baby contracted a devastating infection from an improperly cleaned breast pump, the CDC is taking action. This week, they released new breast pump cleaning guidelines to prevent something like this from happening again. In April ofa baby girl was born at 29 weeks gestation, weighing just three pounds.
If you're like many other breastfeeding moms, you may choose to collect and freeze your breast milk. When the time comes to use that frozen milk, it's important to know how to do it. So, here's a guide to safely thawing, warming, and using your frozen breast milk.
During those first few weeks after your newborn comes home, you may be searching for an easy and fast way to warm a bottle at night. I tested a few different methods and found the one that worked the quickest to warm up a bottle in the middle of the night. This method worked well for bottles of pumped breast milk and for formula bottles.