even if the mother is not with him all the time. To do this, you must know how to store refrigerate and defrost breast milk properly.
Having a milk reserve available for any occasion, whether for work or other circumstances in which the mother is absent, it can solve many problems and keep baby healthy and happy.
At first it may seem tedious, but practice can make extracting and storing milk easier no time. For many, hand express milk is more comfortable and reduces the risk of bacteria. But for others the breast pump is the way to go.
Before extractions is essential that the mother washes her hands and utensils that are going to be sued for both extractions.
Storing breast milk
You must use food grade containers, glass or hard plastic, provided with a lid, or special bags to store breast milk (they can be obtained from the pharmacy or stores). It is recommended to save about 2 to 4 ounces and date each package.
Refrigerate breast milk
The time that breast milk can last, depends on the temperature of the refrigerator or freezer. Human milk can be stored for several days in the refrigerator and up to several months in the freezer.
May remain at 15 °, 24 hours
at 19 to 22 °, 19 hours
25 ° for 4-8 hours.
and between 0 and 4, it can remain in 5 to 8 days.
If it is inside the fridge, two weeks… while in a separate freezer, (commercial constant temperature) of -19º,it can last 6 months or more.
Defrost breast milk
The best method is to place the container under running cold water and letting the water go out progressively hotter until milk reaches room temperature.
Do not thaw breast milk in the microwave or boil it, just bring it to room temperature. And remember Whenever there is no contact with baby saliva, thawed milk can be kept refrigerated for 24 hours. If milk has been frozen and thawed, it can be refrigerated up to 24 hours to be used later, but should never be frozen again.
Adapted from: http://www.bebesymas.com/lactancia/como-almacenar-refrigerar-y-descongelar-la-leche-materna