Why parents build a milk supply:
Whether you're returning to work, sharing feeding responsibilities with your partner, or just planning a night out, having stored breast milk can be incredibly helpful. Regardless of your motivation, creating a milk stash is a practical choice. Let's explore some tips for properly and effectively storing breast milk.
How much breast milk should I save for work?
To get a ballpark idea of how much milk to store, start by counting how many feedings you'll be absent from in a day and also paying attention to how many ounces your baby takes when drinking from a bottle. For instance, if your work hours are from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, and your little one usually feeds four times during that time , you'll miss four feedings. Take that number and multiply it by about three to four ounces. So, in this scenario, you'll need to have 12-16 ounces stored each day. Of course this all depends on how many ounces your baby takes, but this math gives you an idea of where to start.
The lowdown on storing breast milk:
Following the CDC's guidelines, storing goes like this—keep breast milk at room temperature (77°F or cooler) for a maximum of four hours, store in the fridge for up to four days, and in the freezer for six months to a year (quality starts to dip after six months). When on the move, place that breast milk in an insulated cooler bag with ice packs; it stays fresh for 24 hours. Upon reaching your destination, either use the milk pronto or transfer it to the fridge or freezer.
Getting your milk supply on:
With a bit of prep and knowledge, you're all set for building up a stash for your baby. And if you're seeking help with pumping or any other aspect, remember that Pacify is your go-to for connecting with a certified Lactation Consultant. They've got the expertise and support to empower you!
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