Most mothers find that feeding their baby at the breast is the most efficient and effective way to nourish their little one. But there may come a time when this is not possible and you will need to express your milk and store it for a later time.
There are a lot of questions and concerns about expressing breastmilk, and even the most seasoned mothers may be unclear on proper storage procedures. Below are our top 5 tips forexpressing your milk and keeping it fresh for your baby.
If you plan on pumping and storing breastmilk on a regular basis, you should considerinvesting in a breast pump. A breast pump will fall under one of the the following two categories:
Before you buy a pump, read reviews online and rent the same model from your local pharmacy or hospital.
Many moms will tell you that it is easier to express and store breastmilk by using a breast pump. But a breast pump may not be convenient or be an effective method for some.
In these situations you may want to try handexpressing your milk.Hand expression takes a little practice, but if you follow these steps you can express just as much breastmilk than if you were to use a pump.
Unexpected situations may arise where you will not be near your baby when he needs to be fed, so it is a good idea tokeep frozen breastmilk in your home or at a carer’s home.
Different freezers allow breastmilk to be kept for varying lengths of time.
If you are placing breastmilk in the back of the refrigerator, it can last for up to 5 days. Breastmilk kept in an insulated cooler pack with one or more ice packs can be kept for 24 hours, while breastmilk at room temperature will only last for up to 6 hours.
All equipment which comes in touch with your breastmilk should be rinsed in cold water after each use. This will remove the milk and make sure that your equipment is hygienic.
Your expressing equipment should be completely cleaned at least once every 24 hours if it is in frequent use. Take apart containers and the pump so that everything can be cleaned with hot water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Rinse twice in hot water, allow everything to air dry, and then store it in a container or plastic wrap.
Expressing your breastmilk – whether by pump or by hand – is not always easy. If you find that you are having difficulties, take deep breaths, try to relax, and think about your baby. This can help encourage your letdown reflex.
Make sure that you are in a comfortable environment and that you are wearing clothing which will not restrict your ability to express milk. Wearing a nursing bra or a shirt on which is too tight can push down on the milk ducts and make it difficult for milk to flow.
Peachymama recently introduced our brand new breathable bamboonursing bras to our extensive line ofbreastfeeding attire. With no underwire and a stretchy fabric, our bras are even comfortable enough for you to wear to bed.
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The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body.
Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra.
Keep in mind our sizes are based on an Australian fit. Use the chart below to find yours.
If you're not sure, simply contact us with your a) measurements, b) height and c) weight and we'll guide you to the perfect size.
|FRONT RISE||28||11||29||11 1/2||30||11 3/4||31||12|
|INSIDE LEG||76||30||77||30 1/3||78||30 2/3||79||31|
* 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.