Effective Ways to Store Your Let Down Milk

If you are a breastfeeding mother, then you already know that breast milk is precious and should be handled with care. The let-down reflex occurs when the baby begins to suckle at the breast, causing the milk to flow freely. Some mothers experience an overabundance of milk and want to store their let-down for future use. This blog post will provide tips on how to store your let-down milk safely.

Understanding Let-Down Milk

Before we dive into storage methods, it is important to understand what let-down milk is. When you nurse your baby or pump your breasts, hormones in your body signal the mammary glands in your breasts to produce more milk for feeding or pumping. This process is known as lactation cycle.

When excess production of lactation cycle happens during nursing or pumping sessions which lead overflow of extra unused milks can be expressed out from nipple after initial few minutes which can also be called “letdown”. Hence this unused extra expressed breastmilk produced due to excess production during lactation cycle process is called Letdown Milk.

Letdowns usually occur within two minutes after starting nursing session and could last 5-10 minutes depending upon person-to-person variations.

What’s So Important About Storing Your Let-Down Milk?

Breastfeeding mothers need flexibility for various reasons such as returning back work place while still continuing with their own feeding routine etc.. storing those extra unwanted Milks saves time & effort by reducing frequency of Pumping Sessions further giving freedom of mobility without worrying about missing any feeding sessions while away from babies.

Storage Containers

Choosing proper containers plays vital role in preserving quality nutrients present in BreastMilk .While choosing container one must keep following points into consideration:

1) Choose BPA-free plastic bags designed specifically for storing breastmilk
2) Glass jars made up of borosilicate glass which can withstand freezing temperatures.
3) Use containers that can be sealed tightly to avoid spilling or contamination.

Storage Guidelines

Once you have chosen your storage containers, it is important to follow some guidelines for safe storage and usage:

1) Always label containers with the date and time that the milk was expressed
2) Store Breastmilk in small quantities as per baby’s daily requirement so that unused portion remains less while using it again next day .
3) Freeze breast milk within 24 hours of collecting – when fresh .
4) Do not fill container till brim because after adding ice cube bags the level raises up.
5) Never refreeze thawed milk – use it immediately.

Thawing & Warming Stored BreastMilk

When you are ready to use your stored milk, you need to thaw them properly before feeding. Thawed Milk should be always used within 24 hrs of thawing. Keep following things in mind while thawing :

1 )Thaw frozen breastmilk by warming container under running warm water (not hot!)
2 ) Avoid microwaving because microwaving may heat unevenly or loss essential nutrients present in breastmilk.
3 ) Swirl gently after warming which allows rewarm evenly throughout.

In conclusion, storing let-down milk is an excellent way for breastfeeding mothers who want flexibility in their busy lives without sacrificing the nutrition value they provide through breastfeeding.. Make sure you choose proper storage type and follow required guidelines around labeling and hygiene factors surrounding collection and sterilization process . Follow standard safe-reheating methods before offering previously stored milks to babies again.

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