hello doc, I want to ask if for example storing breast milk in a portable refrigerator what should I do?
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ASI (Breast Milk) is very important given to infants up to 2 years. There are times when mothers have to work so they cannot bring the baby to work. Pumping breast milk is the best choice to be able to continue to provide the best nutrition for your baby. Storing and giving breast milk is not as easy as giving breast milk directly. Required provisions must be kept so that milk that has been stored for some time remains safe to drink by the baby.
Breast milk should be stored in bottles that have been sterilized beforehand. After that milking should also be done hygienically to prevent germ contamination. Milk that has been milked can be directly transferred to a bottle of milk and put in the refrigerator temperature at least 4 degrees Celsius if it will be drunk within a few days, because the milk will last for up to 5 days. If milked milk is intended to be stored in the long term, then store it in a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius. With a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius, breast milk can last up to 6 months.
It is better if the milk storage is separated from other food ingredients, so it is not contaminated by other microorganisms. In addition, the scent of other foods can worry about getting into breast milk so that it affects the taste of breast milk.
Sometimes mothers can not put breast milk in the refrigerator, so mothers can use a cooler bag for temporary storage for freshly milked milk. The inside of the cooler bag is protected by a layer of insulator or styrofoam which can prevent outside air from entering, so that the temperature inside the bag is maintained. So that ASI is well protected. Dairy milk stored at room temperature (22-25 degrees Celsius) can last up to 4 hours. If more than 25 degrees Celsius, the resistance of breast milk can be even shorter.
So if you don't have a refrigerator in your office, a cooler bag filled with cold gel or ice cubes can be a good alternative for storing milk. first prepare the cold gel in the freezer to freeze completely, the next day before leaving for work put the cold gel in the cooler bag. Dairy milk that is put into a cooler bag containing a cold gel at least can last up to 24 hours.
It takes a strong commitment and discipline from the mother to express milk. Good support is needed from the family. In addition it also requires good support from the office. Because it takes time and space for the mother to express milk. By expressing milk, the baby's nutrition will be fulfilled, the mother's breast will be empty and not painful, the flow of breast milk will be smoother, and household expenses will be more efficient because there is no need to buy formula milk for babies.
I hope this helps