So, you’re nursing your baby, but are soon going back to work, traveling or planning ahead in case an emergency arises and you need to be away from your little one. Whatever your situation, you need to know the best way to make sure your baby continues to get your nutritious breastmilk.
Talk with your nurse about what type of breast pump may work best for you. Even if you don’t plan on being away from baby, having a manual pump and knowing how to use it can help in case of an emergency.
Electric breast pumps are great for moms on the go who may need to pump at work or other activities throughout the day. When choosing a bottle system, start by trying one type of bottle before you invest in an entire line. Find one that first works well with your baby before you buy more.
With the right equipment and just a few strategies you can pump and store breastmilk for your baby. Even though human milk has some special qualities that help keep bacteria from rapidly growing, it’s important to follow expert advice for handling breastmilk to avoid spoiling or wasting it.
Experts at the Human Milk Bank Association of North America offer these research-proven ways to pump and store breastmilk:
Frozen breastmilk should be thawed close to feeding time:
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