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Remember to always wash your hands before handling breast milk

NEVER HEAT BREAST MILK IN A MICROWAVE
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Breast Feeding: The most precious gift
God has given to a mother for her baby


Breast Feeding~ It’s the most precious gift God has given you to give to your baby!  It’s convenient for mom and baby. It’s already warm and the nutrients are astounding and can not be duplicated. Many formula’s claim to have the same nutrients as breast milk. It’s simply not true.


Breast feeding is not only the best milk for your baby, it’s also a time to bond with your little one. The American Academy of Pediatrics  AAP strongly recommends exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of life and that breast feeding continue for at least 12 months (when and if you include baby food into your babies diet.)  Breast milk has numerous benefits for your baby including nutrients that help fight disease, infections and illness.


One important nutrient your baby receives is protein. From the AAP:  Human milk contains two types of proteins: whey and casein.  Approximately 60% is whey, while 40% is casein.  This balance of the proteins allows for quick and easy digestion.  If artificial milk, also called formula, has a greater percentage of casein, it will be more difficult for the baby to digest.  Approximately 60-80% of all protein in human milk is whey protein.  These proteins have great infection-protection properties.


The AAP also states that breast milk has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates.  There is nothing better for the health of your baby.  Leucocytes are living cells that are only found in breast milk.  They help fight infection.  It is the antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones that make breast milk ideal.  These cannot be added to formula.~


What you take into your body does affect your baby~ Remember to eat healthy nutritious meals and take your prenatal vitamins daily.

If you need to take prescription medication consult with your physician and your infants pediatrician before you take anything.

*Avoid artificial sweeteners or drinks and foods that contain Aspartame or Saccharin which is secreted into breast milk in greater amounts.

*Although very good for mommy, you may need to limit foods like garlic, broccoli and onions. They may make your baby fussy. Try them and if your baby is not fussy you may enjoy more of these delicious and nutritious foods.

*Your baby may develop a rash if you eat things like dairy and oatmeal. If he develops a rash after you have eaten these foods try to eliminate them for a week and see if his symptoms go away.


Bonding Time!

Dad and siblings can still bond and feed baby! You can use a breast pump to express milk into a bottle. There are lots of breast pumps on the market and if you plan to return to work soon, start pumping about two weeks after delivery. Try to pump at least 8 ounces a day. You can purchase breast milk storage bags and freeze the milk. It’s like liquid gold!


Tips on how to safely prepare and store breast milk in breast milk storage bags

  • Please make sure you wash your hands before expressing and handling breast milk
  • Make sure all containers for breast milk storing are clean and sterilized (boil in hot water or use a microwave or a power operated sterilizer)
  • When collecting breast milk, be sure to store it in clean containers, such as a screw cap bottle. These bottles should come with your breast pump kit.
  • Use breast milk storage bags for longer storage. Label the bag with the date and time then pour the milk into breast milk storage bag and seal completely so that air will not get into the milk.
  • Do not pour new milk over already frozen milk~use a new storage bag each and every time.
  • Review the chart below for storage guidelines

 

LOCATION

TEMPERATURE

DURATION

COMMENTS

Counter top or table

Room temp~ up to 77°F or 25°C

6-8 hours

Keep milk in the bottle it was expressed into and keep in a dark place on the counter. Keep out of sunlight

Insulated cooler bag/bottle bag

5-39°F or -15-4°C

24 hours

Surround milk with ice packs at all times and limit opening the bag

Refrigerator

39°F or 4°C

5 days

Keep milk in the coldest part of the fridge. Do not store on the door or at the front of the fridge

Freezer/Compartment of refrigerator

5°F or -15°C

2 weeks

Keep in the coldest place of the fridge. Do not store on the door or at the front of the freezer

Freezer compartment of refrigerator with separate doors

0°F or -18°C

3-6 months

Milk stored for longer periods of time than those listed is safe, but some of the lipids in milk undergo degradation resulting in lower quality

Chest or upright deep freezer

-4°F or -20°C

6-12 months

 

Reference: Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (2004)


Warming stored breast milk~

  • Never heat breast milk in a microwave. It breaks down the nutrients and properties that are healthy for your baby. Using a microwave to heat food, breast milk or formula for your baby is never good because there could be hot spots in the milk or food and could burn your little ones mouth.
  • Hold bag under warm running water and pour into the bottle or boil water on the stove, allow to cool a little and sit the bottle in the water.
  • Never place the storage bag into boiling water as it may burst
  • The milk should just be luke warm not hot.
  • Test the temperature of the milk on the back of your hand to make sure it’s not too hot.

And as if it couldn't get any better...
Breast feeding benefits mom by:
  • Reducing the risk of breast cancer
  • Reduces the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer
  • Lessens osteoporosis
  • Promotes emotional health
  • Promotes postpartum weight loss
  • It simply cost less to breastfeed

*For more information on breast feeding and it’s benefits visit

www.aap.org