Generally, this kind of condition occurs in many parents or mothers who are also career women who are busy with their work, thus, like it or not, mothers have to give up their babies to enjoy breast milk through a bottle as when babies consume formula milk. To be able to guarantee the availability of breast milk for babies, a working mother must pump her breast milk to make stock stored in the refrigerator. There are also mothers who are able to produce breast milk in large quantities. In order not to be wasted, he had to pump the milk and store it in the refrigerator.
When the breastmilk has separated from its place, there may be many questions that say whether the breast milk that has been pumped and then stored in the refrigerator has the same quality as natural breast milk directly given to babies? The answer is yes. The quality of breastmilk will remain the same whether it is stored in the refrigerator or breastmilk that is given directly to the baby, as long as it is properly stored and according to the recommended storage standards. Paying close attention to how breast milk is stored will have an effect on the quality of the milk that is stored. Because the wrong way to store it can reduce the quality of the breast milk.
So what is the recommended way to store breast milk?
Now, after the mother decides to pump breastmilk to serve as a backup milk when the mother is not with your little one all the time, then the mother can pump the milk that the mother can hold in a milk bottle which is certainly safe for the baby then close it tightly and place it in the refrigerator. It is believed that storage of pumped breast milk or expressed breastmilk in the refrigerator can protect breast milk from bacterial and microbial contamination which can damage the naturalness of breast milk.
Meanwhile, the recommended storage method for breastmilk is that milk that has been collected in a storage bottle must be stored at the right temperature or also known as the optimum temperature. Where to calculate the optimum temperature depends on how long you will store breast milk.
If you store it at room temperature, the pumped and released breast milk will last for about 8 hours. However, if you want to store breast milk for approximately 24 hours, then you can store breast milk at a cold temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. This temperature you can find on the outside of the freezer in the refrigerator. It’s just that, avoid storing breast milk at the door of the refrigerator to avoid fluctuations or changes in temperature.
Now, if you want to store breast milk for a longer period of time such as more than 3 days or even 1 month, then store the breast milk in the freezer with a temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius. Cold temperatures can increase the anti-microbial function of breast milk and inhibit microbial activity / growth that will damage breast milk.
Well, that’s how to find the right temperature to store breast milk. After knowing the optimum temperatures for storing breast milk, to make it easier for the mother to give the right breastmilk bottle to the baby, don’t forget to put a date label on each bottle.