I remember when I gave birth to my first child, I was not familiar with breastfeeding, so it was confusing to figure out how to set up breast milk storage and infant feeding. I remember having to return to work after three weeks and feel panic because I cannot save and freeze any milk.
Flash to three children, and then my knowledge of breastfeeding (and my deep freeze) is full. This article is for all new moms who are struggling to understand how they can not only feed newborn babies on demand but also build breast milk storage cabinets.
Watch this video “How to build a back to work breastmilk stash”(7 mins 11 seconds)
How much milk do I really need in my refrigerator?
Most families only need about 2 days of milk storage (about 50 ounces/1,500 ml). Once you go back to work or deal with the accidental separation from the baby, this will give you some room to swing. Unless you do this, there is no reason to save more milk:
Keep away from babies (in this case, when leaving every day, add 25 ounces/750 milliliters of water every day, and pump when separated to protect the milk supply)
Expect to be unable to breastfeed for a certain period of time (for example, surgery… you need ~25oz/750ml/day and pump to protect the milk supply when separated)
Special pumping (then you will need…you guessed it…~25oz/750ml per day!)
How to store milk in the refrigerator?
Most of my customers use breast milk storage bags. Mark each bag with the date and quantity, then place the bag flat in the refrigerator. After freezing, place the milk bag upright in a rectangular container in the refrigerator.
Always add new milk to the back of the container. This allows you to use the oldest milk first to pour out the milk. If you want to store milk in the refrigerator freezer, store it as far away as possible from the freezer door (to keep it as deep-frozen as possible).
1.Add an additional pumping session after the milk supply is established
When should you start pumping for storage? Once you enter the nursing field and your supply is regulated (usually within 6 to 12 weeks after delivery), this is the perfect time to enter the pumping world.
Most moms find that morning is the best time to increase the pump, because (hopefully) after a few more breaks, your supply will usually increase naturally.
After treatment, arrange a period of time for your pump therapy. Since your supply will fluctuate according to demand or production, as you start pumping regularly, your body will start to produce more milk.
In general, during the first few weeks of breastfeeding, when you still need to provide milk, it is best to use two breastmilk at the same time for each feeding.
However, if your baby shows a preference for breasts once normal milk production has been established, it is best to look after it only once. In this case, you can avoid milk loss by breastfeeding while breastfeeding.
Tips: Make sure you have all the accessories needed for successful pumping, including the correct size flange. If you need breast pump accessories covered by insurance, we can help you.
2. Choose storage bags wisely
You don’t want to lose a precious drop of life-sustaining liquid gold. The sturdy bag has a double zippered top to ensure that your milk is stored safely and securely.
Most bags are unfolded at the bottom, so they can be placed on the counter for easy packing. For some good options, check out these breast milk storage bags.
Tip: In order to easily pour the freshly drawn milk into the storage bag, please use the pump flange as a funnel.
3.Freeze the appropriate amount in each bag
When using a storage cabinet, breast milk can only be kept in the refrigerator for about 24 hours after it has completely melted. To avoid excessive waste or insufficient defrosting, try to calculate the average amount of feed in each storage bag.
This way, you can easily thaw the exact amount your baby needs each time.
Tips: The liquid will swell when frozen, so make sure not to fill the bag to avoid rupture and leakage. And don’t forget to add the date of pumping to the milk.
4. Effectively store luggage in the refrigerator
This is the method of using the freezer. In order to keep breast milk clean, place the freezing bag flat on a tray or biscuit paper to reduce the space in the freezer compartment.
This space can be better used for freezing bowl rice and a pint of ice cream! Then organize the freezing bags in the order of the date of extraction, so that you can easily find, grab, and use the milk that was extracted the earliest.
Tips: When using previously frozen milk, make sure to follow the breast milk storage guidelines.
5. Don’t emphasize the need to build a large storage room
If you plan to pump milk regularly at work, then you will take home more milk every day-most likely you will drink the same amount of milk in a day. If you put some extra bags in the refrigerator, it will always lead.
If your breast milk supply changes or the daily output is low, you must skip the pumping time or need to leave your child on the last night of dating, then having a small supply of freezer will give you peace of mind.
Tips: If your milk production is stagnant for a long time, please check the expert advice on restoring breast milk supply.
Want to start a breastfeeding journey in the right direction? We can help. From manual mode to dual electric mode, find the breast pump option that suits you, and then order the breast pump through Ashland breast pump.