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Pumping and storage of breastmilk
To squeeze is to squeeze it out of your breasts so that you can store it and later supply it to your baby. Maybe you should be pumping off breastmilk when: What is the best way to get breastmilk? It is possible to extract the breastmilk manually or with a breastpump. The number of times you breastpump and how much you breastpump depends on why you do it.
It sometimes lasts a while until your blood begins to pour. If you have your baby (or a photograph of him) close by, it can help your baby's blood work. It may be simpler to squeeze yourself out in the mornings if your boobs sometimes seem more full. During the first few nights or even a few week, some mothers find it simpler to drain breast milk manually than with a dispenser.
This also means you don't have to buy or rent a pumps or depend on a power source. Squeezing hands allows you to promote lactation from a specific part of the breasts. For example, this can be useful if one of the lactiferous passages in your breasts is obstructed.
Place a sterilized drinking flask or jar under your chest to collect the flow of it. Rinse your palms thoroughly with mild detergent and hot tap before use. A few women find that gentle massage of their boobs before squeezing their milks will help relieve them. Move your chest with one of your fingers, then with the other finger and your index finger and your palm, create a "C" outline.
Breastpumps come in two different types: manually and electrically actuated. Possibly you can rent an electrical dispenser. Contact your maternity nurse, your healthcare professional or a lactation specialist for information on your area. Never allow the breastpump to bruise or trap your nipples as it will be drawn into the hopper.
Make sure the dispenser and reservoir are always cleaned and sterilized before use. Breastmilk can be stored in a sterilized receptacle or in specific breastmilk sachets: Breastmilk chilled in the refrigerator can be stored for up to 24 h in a cooling pouch with icebag.
The storage of breastmilk in small amounts helps to prevent wastage. Breastmilk that has been refrigerated is still good for your baby and is better than formula it is. It is best to thaw your baby gently in the refrigerator before giving your baby up. When you need to use it immediately, you can thaw it by placing it in a jar of hot tap or keeping it under hot tapwater.
Do not refreeze thawed milks. If your baby likes to eat it chilled, you can use pumped off milks directly from the refrigerator. You can also heat the breast milk to your own heat by placing the flask in a pitcher of hot tap or keeping it under hot tap running hot tub.
As soon as your baby has been drinking from a breastmilk container, it should be used within an hours and all that is remaining should be wasted. Do not use a microwaves to warm or thaw your breastmilk. When you pump breastmilk because your baby is ill or early, ask the medical personnel taking care of your baby for storage instructions.
For more information about breast-feeding a preterm baby or a baby who is ill, please refer to the following pages. Do you have trouble printing? When you find it hard or awkward to deliver your breastmilk: Check out the Bliss website for tips on pumping off baby breastmilk for an early or ill baby.