Breast Milk Storage for Working Mothers
Breast milk is considered best for babies. It gives the baby needed antibodies to defend against infections, chronic conditions and allergies. A few years ago, formula feeding was encouraged as a replacement to breastfeeding. Doctors prescribe formula feeding as the only alternative when the mother is medically unable to breastfeed. But many people started using formula in place of breast milk for a variety of reasons.
Today, the practice of providing a healthy and natural food for babies has made breastfeeding very popular. Even though more mothers are working outside the home, they also try to meet the health needs of their children. Storing breast milk and using it later helps working mothers. Most doctors want a baby to be breastfed for the first 6 months. If possible, breastfeeding may be extended to 12 months. Longer requires the willingness of both the mother and the baby.
To assist the working mother, breast milk pumps and storage containers are available. These are quite portable and can be easily carried to the workplace. With just a little privacy, a small amount of time away from work and an office refrigerator, a working mother can pump her milk and take it home. Most employers understand and support this situation by providing private space.
A few things to remember when pumping and storing breast milk at work:
- Avoid any disturbances while pumping the milk.
- Do not forget to label it, or you might accidentally exchange breast milk for something else kept in a similar container.
- Milk storage containers are mostly reusable when cleaned properly. You can warm a container and place a nipple on the top to feed your child directly from the storage bottle. This will avoid any contamination caused by transferring the contents into another bottle.