Breast Milk Storage

Pumping and storing your breast milk can offer new moms like you a bit of freedom, relief and reassurance by knowing your baby will have a nutritious meal even when you are separated. Knowing the ins and outs of breast milk storage will help keep the milk sanitary and maintain the integrity of its nutrients.

Here’s what you need to know about breast milk storage:

Always wash your hands before pumping or storing breast milk.

After pumping your breast milk, store it in a glass or plastic bottle or a storage bag meant for human milk. Many pumps are compatible with adequate storage containers so you can pump directly into the container without having to transfer milk.

Breast Milk StorageLabel your breast milk storage container with the date it was pumped and the volume.

Breast milk can remain at room temperature for up to 6 hours, can stay in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, and can be frozen for 3-6 months (or up to 12 months in a deep freezer). If you have trouble keeping these storage lengths straight, just remember the number 5: 5 hours at room temp, 5 days in the fridge, 5 months in the freezer.

Refrigerated breast milk maintains more nutrients and antibodies than frozen breast milk so if you have the choice, use refrigerated milk first. It will go bad first anyways.

When using frozen breast milk, always use your oldest milk first. Develop a system to help keep your milk organized in your freezer. Some moms freeze their breast milk bags in “shingles” so they are easily stackable. You can also put the bags in larger storage bags dated by week or month.

Store breast milk in small amounts – usually 3 to 4 ounces per container. This will make it easier to use in one feeding without wasting any.

Never combine frozen breast milk with fresh breast milk, even to complete a bottle. Instead, serve them separately or pour the fresh milk in the bottle once the frozen milk is drunk.

To thaw frozen milk, run warm water over it until it is your desired temperature or let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Never microwave breast milk because it may produce “hot spots” that could scald your baby and microwaving zaps some of the nutrients from your milk. Also, do not thaw your breast milk by leaving it unrefrigerated.

Once milk has been thawed it should be used within 24 hours. Never refreeze breast milk.

Discard any remaining breast milk in a bottle that your baby drank from. The enzymes in her saliva can break down the nutrients in the breast milk and potentially introduce germs into the bottle.

Stored breast milk may look different from fresh breast milk. It is common for the fats to separate, leaving an “oil and vinegar” effect with the fat floating on the surface. Gently swish the bottle to re-blend the milk but do not shake it vigorously.

Frozen breast milk sometimes smells soapy from the fats. This is normal and doesn’t mean it has spoiled.

Frozen breast milk may also have a different color depending on the stage you were in when it was pumped, your diet and any medications you may have taken at the time.

If your baby will be drinking the milk at a day care facility or school, be sure to label each container with your baby’s name. Give caregivers thorough instructions on how to properly handle breast milk.

Sources: BabyCenter, What to Expect and CDC

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

Everything You Need to Know about Pumping Breast Milk

For many moms, pumping breast milk is a critical and helpful part of their breastfeeding experience. Pumping has some terrific benefits, more than just some time away from your baby. Today we’re exploring everything you need to know about pumping breast milk, from the logistics of pumping, to the reasons it may be a useful part of your breastfeeding journey.

What is a Breast Pump?

A breast pump is a device that allows you to express and collect your breast milk. It mimics the suckling of your baby at the breast to stimulate the flow of milk. The milk is collected in a bottle or bag and can be stored for use at a later time.

Types of Breast Pumps

Everything You Need to Know about Pumping Breast MilkBreast pumps come in manual and electric versions. Both use phalanges – funnel-like shields that suction onto your breasts. In a manual breast pump you will use your hand to squeeze or plunge a mechanism that simulates the tug of your baby at the breast. Electric pumps have a motor that does the work for you and you have the option of different strengths and settings. Hospital grade electric breast pumps are extremely strong and efficient.

If you only plan to pump occasionally or as an emergency back-up, a manual breast pump will probably suffice. If you will be pumping daily, you probably want to get an electric breast pump. Many insurance plans include a free electric breast pump so check with your provider before purchasing one. If you find you need to pump during your hospital stay and you don’t have a breast pump yet, you can easily rent a hospital grade pump on site.

Reasons for Pumping Breast Milk

Pumping breast milk is not just for moms who will be returning to work although that is definitely a reason to pump. Pumping can also be helpful if you need to spend some time away from your baby, perhaps for a little R&R, running errands or a date night with the hubs. Even if you’re not planning to be away from your baby, you may find it more convenient to pump and serve a bottle when you are away from home or simply have a stash of breast milk available in the freezer for a future outing.

Some mothers choose to exclusively pump rather than feed their babies at the breast. This may be because they want to know exactly how much breast milk their baby is getting or they may find it easier, especially if they are working and away from their babies often. Mothers who exclusively pump can create their own pumping schedule but may find it easier to pump around the same times that their baby takes a bottle.

If you experience low milk supply or an oversupply of milk, pumping can help with both of these extremes. The best way to boost your milk supply is by expressing milk more often and draining your breasts thoroughly, whether that is through breastfeeding or pumping. Also, engorgement is common in the early weeks and months of breastfeeding as your body tries to figure out exactly how much to produce for your growing baby. Pumping breast milk to relieve painful full breasts and prevent a plugged duct and potential infection is smart. Full breasts may also make it difficult for your baby to latch.

The Best Times to Pump Milk

If you’re going back to work, pumping around the same time that your baby eats will help you maintain your milk supply and ensure your milk is ready at the times your baby normally nurses (for weekends or days when you will be together). To build up a supply of extra milk, start pumping a few times a day several weeks before returning to work. This will also help you get the hang of pumping too.

The most efficient times to pump are after your morning feeding and before you go to bed. Usually this is when you’ll be able to express the most milk. Pre-bedtime pumping is great once your baby starts sleeping for longer stretches at night. You’ll be able to drain your breasts but have plenty of time to replenish before your she nurses again.

Also pump anytime your feel your breasts are too full and you need relief. This may mean you pump for only a short time before or after a feeding. If you need to boost your milk supply, pump after or in-between feedings to stimulate your milk production. You can even try cluster pumping where you pump every half an hour for several hours.

Tips for Pumping Breast Milk

Treat pumping like breastfeeding. It’s a sacred time of loving nourishment for your baby, even if she isn’t actually there. In a comfy spot, sit back, relax and think of your baby while pumping for the best results.

Pumping should not be painful. When using an electric pump, start on a low setting and increase the speed or force after your letdown occurs. You may need to massage your breasts or lean forward to help stimulate your breasts at the beginning of a pumping session.

Wearing a nursing bra or cami while pumping makes the process much easier, especially if you are pumping at work. Just like breastfeeding, you can simply unhook the nursing clasps or slide over the cups for easy access to your breasts.

Factors That Affect Pumping Output

Pumping is a great tool to ensure your baby has breast milk when you are separated however pumping will never truly replicate breastfeeding. Your baby will always be more efficient at your breast due to her natural suckling ability and your emotional connection. For that reason, you cannot judge how much breast milk your baby is getting by your pumping output. However, if you need to increase your pumping output, consider these factors:

  • Is your pump working properly? The motor on your electric pump may start to fade or some of the connecting pieces may wear out.
  • The emotional connection you have with your baby is almost as essential for breastfeeding as the physical stimulation. While pumping, look at photos or videos of your baby or simply think about her. This can increase your pumping output significantly.
  • Mothers who breastfeed full-time and then pump will yield less breast milk than mothers who pump in replacement of feedings.
  • Your baby may drink more during growth spurts or less when she starts solids, which will decrease or increase your pumping output.
  • Any changes to your hormones may alter your pumping output including your menstrual cycle and being on birth control.
  • Your mental, emotional and physical health, well-being and habits play a role as well. Eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and managing stress appropriately are all essential to successful breastfeeding and pumping.
  • Any time your milk supply suffers, your pumping output will suffer as well. Be sure you’re doing everything necessary to maintain a healthy milk supply, most importantly breastfeeding or pumping frequently and draining your breasts completely.

How to Clean your Breast Pump

It’s probably impossible to sterilize your breast pump after each use but you should sanitize it. While you should consult your breast pump’s manual for specific instructions, most breast pumps can be sanitized with hot water and baby-safe dish soap. Disassemble the pump before washing so you can thoroughly soak every crevice. Wash it for at least 15 seconds and then lay it on a paper towel to dry. Never use a cloth that may harbor germs and bacteria. Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling your breast pump and try not to touch any parts that come in contact with your breast milk once the pump has been sanitized. Some pumps are dishwasher safe or compatible with microwaveable sanitizing bags.

Sources: BabyCenter, KellyMom, FDA and What to Expect

 

Loving Moments believes moms should have the knowledge, resources and power to make the healthiest choices for their babies, starting with breastfeeding. In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August, we are sharing Breastfeeding Basics, our educational blog series that we hope will empower you with information, encouragement and inspiration to meet your breastfeeding goals.

 

When and How to Hand Express Breast Milk

When and How to Hand Express Breast MilkIn these modern times it may seem odd to hand express breast milk but it’s a skill that could come in “handy.” There are times when hand expressing may be crucial to prevent engorgement and potential infection, avoid embarrassment, or help your baby have a good feeding. Therefore it’s a good idea to know how to do it. We’ve got all the details for you here.

When to Hand Express Breast Milk

New moms who never need to pump or pump regularly may ask, why would I need to hand express breast milk? Well, here are some reasons that you may not have contemplated:

  • You don’t usually pump and therefore don’t have a breast pump but you find yourself extremely full and your baby is not awake or interested in nursing. Solution: hand express
  • You’re stuck somewhere without your breast pump and your breasts feel like they may explode. Solution: hand express
  • You breast pump is broken and you’re in desperate need of relieving your breasts. Solution: hand express
  • Your breasts are too full for your baby to even begin to latch. Solution: hand express
  • You need to stimulate a let-down to entice your baby to latch and feed. Solution: hand express
  • You are at work or in public and need to release some milk before you leak everywhere but you don’t have time to hook up your pump. Solution: hand express
  • Your breasts are too sensitive for the hard plastic phalanges from a breast pump. Solution: hand express
  • Your breasts are better stimulated by skin than plastic. Solution: hand express

How to Hand Express Breast Milk

Most experts recommend the Marmet Technique of Manuel Expression to hand express breast milk. Here’s how it’s done:

First place your thumb 1 inch above the top of your nipple and your pointer and middle fingers 1 inch below the bottom of your nipple. Your hand should loosely resemble a “C” but do not cup the side of your breast. Push all three fingers back towards your chest. Moms with larger breasts may need to lift and then push back. Roll the fingers forward to compress and empty the milk sinuses. You may need to adjust your finger position slightly to find the reservoirs. You’ll start seeing milk expression when you are in the right spot. Continue rolling until you no longer see milk. Then slide your fingers one position to the right and repeat the rolling motion until you’ve completely circled your breast. Repeat on the other breast or hand express from both breasts at the same time.

Sources: Ask Dr. Sears, KellyMom, and La Leche League

What is your Pumping Plan?

breast pump__1455555645_108.89.137.58Returning to work after having some dedicated time with your newborn can be bittersweet.  You may be eager for the adult interaction and stimulation of your job, but you have grown so fond of your routine with your newborn, especially breastfeeding regularly.  This closeness is hard to leave behind when your maternity leave is over, but you and your baby can not only survive, but thrive from some separation.  Plus, you can continue your commitment to providing your baby the best nutrition possible by pumping at work and breastfeeding when you are home.  Successfully pumping at work requires a solid pumping plan, which is what we’re going to examine today.

Before Returning to Work

L377-Nude-prod-pagePreparing for pumping at work is the first step of your pumping plan.  Invest in a reliable pump that allows you to express milk as efficiently and comfortably as possible.  Practice using your pump for weeks in advance of returning to work to ensure you know the ins and outs of the machine.  Be sure to get plenty of bottles and milk storage bags, a cooler for transporting your milk, and pump cleaning supplies.  Stock up on nursing bras too, because you’ll want ease-of-access to your breasts when you have limited time during your busy workday to pump.  One handed clasps or pull-aside cups are easiest to manage.  Select styles that compliment your work attire and support your breasts with typical milk fluctuations throughout the day.

Next, talk to your supervisor about your plans to pump during the work day and what that will require from a logistical, time and space perspective.  Know your company’s policies and work with your boss on how you can meet your pumping needs while disrupting work flow as little as possible.  You may agree to an alternative work schedule that will ensure you can be in certain scheduled meetings or you may request assignments that have more flexible deadlines throughout the day.  Discuss how you can be most successful at work while also meeting your breastfeeding goals.

During the week before you return to work, do a dry run of spending time away from your baby, pumping and having someone else give your baby a bottle.  If possible, put your baby in day care or have your nanny start that week to work out kinks before the big day arrives.  Know that there will likely be bumps in the road but everyone will adjust over time.

Returning to Work

Upon returning to work, have a pumping schedule written down.  Give it to your supervisor so he/she knows where you are during those times.  If you feel comfortable, give it to co-workers who depend on you regularly or any of your direct reports.  Otherwise, let co-workers and employees know that you will be away from your desk occasionally to pump and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible.  You may want to have your smart phone available for urgent emails or phone calls should there be a “work emergency” during your pumping times.

Setting your pumping schedule should pretty much replicate your feeding schedule, at least for the first few months after returning to work.  Pumping at the approximate times you were feeding your baby will ensure your milk supply remains steady and you’ll have plenty for your baby to eat the following day while you’re at work.  You’ll probably continue breastfeeding on weekends and holidays so you’ll want your milk supply to be available at feeding times.

Be a stickler for keeping your pumping schedule on time.  This may mean your work has to take a back seat sometimes, but all for a good cause.  If you miss a pumping session, you may become engorged, which can be painful and may lead to blocked ducts or mastitis.  Also, if you repeatedly miss pumping sessions you could risk reducing your milk supply.  After awhile, your baby’s feeding schedule may change or you may find you can pump longer and less often.

Try to have a back-up milk supply in case you do get into a bind and cannot produce enough milk on any given day.  This may require several weeks of pumping prior to returning to work or pumping after your morning and nighttime feedings.  You will feel less anxious about your pumping plan if you know you have a back-up milk supply.

Being successful at providing breast milk after returning to work is easiest when you have a pumping plan.  Once your plan is in place, you can feel great about giving your baby the best nutritional start in life!

How to Produce More Breast Milk

If you’ve begun nursing you’ve probably occasionally had one of the breastfeeding mothers’ biggest concerns: is my baby getting enough milk?

It is important to remember that there are only a very small percent of mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their child and there are always steps to take to help produce more.

However, if you are feeling like your milk supply is a little low there are a few suggestions that could help you increase.

 

How to Produce More Breast Milk

  • Take care of yourself: Drink enough fluids and eat healthily. Never try dieting while you’re nursing, especially in the beginning when you are still forming your breast milk supply. You and your little one need you to stay healthy!

 

  • Nurse regularly, for as long as your baby will nurse: Nurse as frequently as possible and as often as your baby is hungry. The more you nurse, the better for you and your little one!

 

  • Offer your baby both of your breasts while feeding: ‘Switch nursing’ is incredibly helpful as it helps your baby to feed longer. When your child begins to slow down their suckling on your first breast, quickly switch them over to the second. Then switch again when their suckling begins to slow, until you have offered each breast twice.

 

  • Gently massage your breasts as you nurse: This helps the richer, high calorie milk let down more easily and stimulates breast milk flow.

 

In most normal cases a mother will always be able to produce enough milk for their hungry baby; but it is always helpful to be proactive and talk with a specialist to see what your options are if you are looking to increase your supply.

 

Make sure to talk with your lactation consultant to find the best course of action that is right for you. Every nursing mother is unique and specific recommendations or steps may be necessary.

How to Use a Breast Pump

So you have decided to give breast pumping a try.

This can be an emotional time for a mother, as many believe it to sever the bond that natural breastfeeding has made with their child. But don’t panic – this is one of the most traditional steps of nursing.

For many women, the idea of using a breast pump can seem incredibly foreign. In some cases, even unnatural. Yet, more often than not, it becomes a necessity. Whether your maternity leave is ending, you would like a steady supply of your milk, or your husband simply wants a chance at feeding, having a contained supply of breast milk will definitely come in handy.

But, before you begin, we recommend going through some of the breast pumping steps to have a better idea of the experience you will soon have.

 

How to Use a Breast PumpHow to use a breast pump

When preparing to use a breast pump, find a quiet, comfortable place and allow yourself a twenty to thirty minute undisturbed time range.

 

Steps:

  • Softly massage breasts.
  • Choose the appropriate size of plastic phalange.
  • Position and center the nipple on the plastic phalange.
  • Begin on the breast pump’s lowest setting and slowly increase speed until comfortable. (If your nipples become sore, try a lower suction setting).
  • While wearing your favorite Loving Moments Nursing Bra, pump each breast until breast milk no longer flows.
  • When the milk flow ends, release suction at the breast.
  • Gently rub your nipples and areola with unused breast milk.
  • Transfer the collected breast milk into a clean container or bottle.
  • Label and date the container and refrigerate immediately if you are not planning to use right away.

Make sure to speak with your lactation consultant so they can help to choose the best course of action for you. Every woman is unique and certain nursing pumps and steps may be recommended.

Whatever is decided, it is always important to remember that you should feel relaxed, comfortable, and safe. Find an area where you will not be disturbed or rushed and remember that the best milk production comes from a peaceful environment and a calm mother.

 

How to Handle an Oversupply of Breast Milk

Before you begin breastfeeding, your biggest concern might be whether you can do it at all.  You may worry about whether your body will produce enough milk to sustain your baby’s entire dietary existence.  Miraculously, almost every human mother can breast feed if she has the desire and perseverance to do it.  And believe it or not, sometimes oversupply of breast milk is a bigger issue than not enough.

Oversupply of breast milk is definitely a better problem than too little, however it be painful for mom and can cause difficulty for baby as well.  Oversupply is usually a result of overactive letdown, meaning that the release and ejection of milk happens quite forcefully all at once and more often than the baby needs.

Mom_nursingIn mothers, too much milk causes engorgement and sometimes plugged ducts and mastitis.  Each of these can be quite excruciating, not only in the breast, but also throughout the body.  Mastitis, for example, can present as a flu-like fever, achiness and lethargy in moms.

For babies, the pressure of forceful let-downs may cause a gagging reflex, inability to latch, pulling off the breast, clamping down during feedings, or require the baby to drink so fast that she swallows too much air and is gassy, spits up or gets the hiccups.  All of these issues lead to fussiness and that is no fun for anyone.  Of course the goal is to ensure your baby is getting all the right nutrients from your breast milk, which is hard to achieve if she’s not nursing properly.

Additionally, not all breast milk is created equal.  There’s the foremilk, which is sweeter and high in lactose, and the hindmilk, which is thick and richer in fat and calories.  When a baby is only nursing for a short time on each breast, she will get a disproportionate amount of foremilk and hindmilk, which is not ideal for growth and development.

Luckily there are some ways you can curb the issue.  We recommend trying several of these solutions until you find the combination that works best for you.

First, try nursing only one side per feeding.  This will ensure that your baby gets the full cycle of foremilk and hindmilk that she needs per feeding.  If she pulls off before you feel she’s had enough, offer the same breast again after taking a short break.  If your other breast is too full, pump out just enough to make yourself comfortable.  You want to ensure you have enough milk in the second breast for the next feeding.

Never restrict your baby from nursing if she is hungry, but do try to stay on one side within the 2-3 hour window before the next feeding.  Sometimes nursing more frequently is helpful.

You may want to express a bit of milk before you encourage your baby to latch.  If you can bottle some of the overactive letdown, your baby will be able to enjoy a more steady flow and you’ll have some breast milk stored for a rainy day.

When you notice your baby gagging or choking, take her off the breast immediately and express the forceful spray into a towel.  If you can nip the problem early, your baby won’t be afraid to latch in the future.  Also, burp your baby often throughout the feeding to get the gas out immediately.

Change your nursing position to give your baby more control of sucking and swallowing.  For example, if your baby is sitting on your leg and latching straight forward into your breast or you are lying down next to your baby, she’ll be in better position to handle the milk.

L377-Nude-prod-pageTry not to stimulate your breasts between feedings by pumping or taking a warm shower.  Cool compresses on your breasts can discourage blood flow and milk production.  Use a nursing bra that has slits for removable modesty pads and insert the compresses inside.  Do not discourage milk within the first 4-6 weeks of giving birth.  That is the time when you need to build a healthy supply and ensure you and your baby get into a good breastfeeding rhythm.

If your oversupply is so great that you must pump, it is always nice to have extra milk available when you cannot feed your baby.  If you have an over abundance of frozen milk, donate it to a human breast milk bank.  You’ll be helping another baby get a great start too.

Finally, remember to be patient.  Your supply may level off as your hormones rebalance after pregnancy.  Plus, babies grow and develop rapidly.  Your baby may adjust to your milk supply over time, and may even thrive on having a plentiful supply.  The important thing to gauge is whether your baby is gaining weight at a healthy pace.

Baby Bottles and Breastfeeding: How to Work Bottle Feeding Into Your Nursing Routine

Baby Bottles and Breastfeeding: How to Work Bottle Feeding Into Your Nursing Routine

Did you receive a breast pump as a baby shower gift, or did you plan on buying one after testing out breastfeeding first? Many expecting moms assume that breast pumps are most useful for women who plan to work shortly after giving birth, but the reality of breastfeeding is that breast pumps are a helpful tool for stay-at-home moms too. If you pump breast milk and feed your baby a bottle at night, you can not only cut down on nursing time (and maybe get back to sleep) but you can also get your baby used to taking a bottle. Even if you’re breastfeeding exclusively, you should introduce your baby to a bottle between three and five weeks after birth.

“I wish I had known to pump breast milk sooner and get my husband used to feeding our daughter a bottle regularly — it didn’t occur to me that she might reject it.”

One mom expressed the above sentiment on a Babycenter.com forum dedicated to sharing bits of motherhood wisdom to expecting moms. When talking about breastfeeding, there’s a lot of focus on how to get a good latch, how often to nurse, and why your nipples will hurt through the first few weeks—but not a lot of focus on breast pumps, bottles, and how to combat nipple confusion. By mixing up nursing sessions between breast and bottle (after five weeks of solely breast!), your little one will feel more comfortable taking a bottle instead of demanding only your breast.

But what happens if your baby does reject the bottle? There are a couple of steps you can take help coach your little one into taking a rubber nipple again. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation shares some of its expert advice for new breastfeeding moms: don’t change bottles if your baby is refusing the rubber nipple while nursing. The foundation stresses that your little one isn’t frustrated with whatever type of bottle you’ve been using; the problem is that your baby probably wants only to nurse from your breast. To help get your baby to take the bottle again, keep pumping breast milk and offering the bottle as a nursing alternative, but try to do so in places that will not remind your baby of breastfeeding. If possible, have a person other than yourself bottle feed your baby. If you’re not visible during these feeding moments, your baby will be more likely to accept the bottle. Until you get over the bottle-refusing hump, try keeping your schedule as consistent as possible and remaining hopeful that your little one will return to bottles too.

Did you experience this problem while breastfeeding? Leave your advice for new moms in our comments.

 

How to Effectively Pump Breast Milk While on Vacation

How to Effectively Pump Breast Milk While on Vacation I’m going on a week-long vacation without my 10-month old.  I have plenty of stored breast milk for him and I plan to pump while I’m away.  But do I need to pump as often as I would normally feed him?  I fear that will not be possible during vacation.

Congratulations, first of all, that you have so much stored breast milk at home.  I understand your fear of keeping a tight pumping schedule on vacation—so often vacation time is unstructured! Depending on where you are going and how flexible your plans are, you may be surprised how easily it is to express your breast milk.  If you are going out of the country, make sure you find out if the electric outlets in your hotel will fit your breast pump or if you need to purchase an adapter.  Also, if you have a double set-up breast pump, use it for a quick, efficient way to express your milk. Cutting down pumping time makes it easier to take a break from your vacation plans without missing anything.

If you cannot plan your pumping times around the times your baby typically nurses, try to express the same amount of times in a 24-hour time period you would at home.  For example, if you normally nurse your baby 5 times a day, try to pump the same number of times in a 24 hour period. You might have an easier time expressing your breast milk if you try to stick to the same time schedule you would at home, but it’s not necessary to match the times exactly. You may find that you can sneak in a pumping at 2 am instead of the 2 pm time slot.  Remember that as long as you are regularly expressing breast milk, you should not experience any trouble breastfeeding again once you’re home.

You may also want to give some thought to storing your breast milk.  Many hotels provide their guests with refrigerators in the room and breast milk may be stored for up to eight days in a refrigerator.  If you don’t have the luxury of refrigeration, you may want to invest in a portable ice chest.  Just remember to check the breast milk and make sure it’s been properly cooled. You may also want to consider putting the milk on dry ice and shipping it home at the end of your trip.  Enjoy your vacation!

 

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