Still Breastfeeding For Working Mothers

As the main source of baby food, exclusive breastfeeding is necessary for its development. Mothers can still give breast milk to babies even though they have returned to work by expressing their breastmilk.


The benefits of expressing breast milk

Breasts that are rarely breastfed will slowly stop the production of milkBy continuing to express breast milk, the body will send a signal to continue producing breast milk, so that the mother's milk production will continue to run smoothly to meet the needs of the little one.


Frequency of Expressing Breastmilk

When your little one is breastfeeding at home, count the frequency of how often your little one breastfeeds during your work hours. This frequency can be used as a benchmark for how much you have to express breastmilk. Ideally, expressing breastmilk every 2 to 3 hours is sufficient, or as much as you can.


How to store breast milk

Mother's milk milk should be stored in a sterile bottle. Breastmilk can still be given to your little one:

- If stored at room temperature, breast milk can be used for the next 6 hours.

- If stored in a cool box with ice cubes, breast milk can be used for the next 24 hours.

- If stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of 4 degrees or cooler, breast milk can be used for the next 5 days.

- Store breastmilk at the end in the refrigerator, keep breast milk away from eggs, meat and raw food.

- If stored in the freezer in the one door refrigerator, breast milk can be used for up to 2 weeks.

- If stored in the freezer in the two-door refrigerator, breast milk can be used for the next 3 months.

- If stored in a special freezer with a temperature below minus 18 degrees or cooler, it can be used for the next 6 months.


When expressing breastmilk and storing it, there are a number of things that mothers need to know, namely:

- Make sure the mother wash her hands thoroughly before expressing breastmilk or storing it.

- Ensure that the storage container is clean. Mothers can use glass bottles or plastic containers with tight lids with bisphenol A (BPA) free ingredients.

- Avoid using plain plastic bags or disposable milk bottles as these containers are prone to leakage and contamination.

- Containers must be washed with hot water and soap and aerated to dry before use.

- Save breast milk according to the baby's needs.

- Make sure that the container has been labeled with the name of the child and the date the milk was expressed.

- The date when breastmilk is expressed needs to be stated to ensure that the breast milk used is the older one.

- Do not mix frozen breast milk with fresh breast milk in a storage container.

.- Do not save the remaining breast milk that has been consumed for the next administration.

- Rotate the breast milk container so that the part that contains the cream at the top is evenly mixed. Do not shake breast milk as this can damage important components of the milk.


How to express breastmilk

1. By hand

- Prepare a very clean cup, glass or bowl.

- Wash with soapy water and dry with a clean tissue / cloth. Pour boiling water into a cup and let it sit for a few minutes. When ready to express breastmilk, remove the water from the cup.

- Wash your hands thoroughly.

- Put the cup on the table or hold it with one hand to collect the milk.

- The body leans forward and rests the breasts with your hands.

- Place your thumb around the areola above the nipple and index finger on the areola under the nipple.

- Massage the thumb and forefinger inward towards the chest wall.

Now massage the areola behind the nipple between the finger and thumb.

- Press and release, press and release. At first no milk comes out, but after being squeezed a few times, the milk starts to drip out. Breast milk can also radiate when the excretion reflex is active.

- Squeeze the areola in the same way from all sides to make sure the milk is being squeezed from all breast segments.

- Do not massage the nipples and do not move your fingers along the nipples. Pressing or pulling on the nipple does not release milk.


2. With an electric pump for breast milk

The electric breast pump uses a machine to pump breast milk and store it in a bottle that has been provided. This pump is more efficient and easier to use. .a good electric pump mimics the way your little one takes in breast milk and is painless. For best results, it's best if you are relaxed and calm.


3. With a Warm Bottle

This is a useful technique for getting rid of congestion, especially if the breasts are very painful and the nipples are tight.

How to use the warm bottle technique is:

- Look for large bottles (for example 1 liter, 700 ml, or 3 liter) with a wide neck (if possible).

- Ask the family to heat up some water and fill the bottle with hot water. Allow a few minutes, to warm the glass bottle.

- Wrap the bottle in a cloth and throw hot water.

- Cool the neck of the bottle and put it in the nipple until it touches the skin around it tightly.

- Hold the bottle firmly, after a few minutes the bottle cools and causes a gentle suction, it will pull the nipple.

- The warmth helps the expulsion reflex and the milk starts flowing and sucks the bottle. .sometimes when a woman feels this suction for the first time, she will startle and pull the bottle. So you have to put hot water in the bottle again and start again.

- After a while, the pain in the breast is reduced and squeezing by hand or suction can be done.

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