Things to Consider About Expressed Breast Milk
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Breast milk, which perfectly meets all the nutritional needs of the baby during the first six months after birth, lays the foundations for the establishment of the mother and baby bond.
The World Health Organization recommends that the baby be fed exclusively with breast milk for the first six months, then continue breastfeeding with complementary foods until the baby is two years old and beyond. We are sure that you know that breast milk is a miracle and even a drop of breast milk is very valuable for your baby. Today we will focus on one of the thousands of benefits and miracles of breast milk.
“Changes in the content of breast milk according to the condition of the baby and the hours”
Breastfeeding is not just about feeding or feeding the baby. It is one of the most important ways to strengthen the bond between mother and baby.
It is a natural sedative for the mother, and a safety for the baby.
The content of breast milk varies throughout the day. While it energizes the baby in the morning, it turns into a more relaxing and sleep-inducing content in the evening.
Cortisol hormone raises the energy level of the body. The amount of cortisol in breast milk expressed in the morning is quite high. For this reason, breast milk expressed in the morning prepares your baby for the day and makes him feel more energetic.
Melatonin, known as the sleep-promoting hormone, is almost non -existent during the daytime. Since night milk contains more melatonin, which helps a healthy sleep, your baby who takes night milk will calm down and sleep more comfortably.
Thanks to this feature of breast milk, babies can more easily distinguish between night and day rhythms, and this is called “chrono-nutrition”, that is, shaping the nutrition in accordance with the daily rhythm of the body.
Researchers say that the hormones and immune components in breast milk are transmitted to babies, so that babies can develop their own patterns in their first months.
So what happens when mothers express their milk?
In the early days of human history, breast milk was given directly to the baby, and the baby was breastfed. Now, both business life, illness, and mothers’ psychology, mothers started to give their babies their milk by expressing their milk.
So, when mothers express their milk, do they separate night milk as day milk? No.
Although only the milk storage conditions are taken into consideration when expressing breast milk, sometimes these expressed breast milks can be mixed or given to the baby regardless of morning milk and evening milk.
So what happens when babies consume night milk in the morning and morning milk in the evening?
In this case, the answer to the question is very simple; The baby who drinks the wrong milk will have to struggle with sleep and digestive problems.
Actually, the solution is simple; When mothers express their milk, they should write the time they have expressed their milk on the label section of the milk storage bags and coordinate the morning milk, lunch milk and evening milk according to the time while feeding their babies.
Let’s Recall Breastmilk Storage Conditions Again;
- In room temperature 3 hours,
- In refrigerator 3 days
- In deep fridge 3 months
So How Should Expressed Breast Milk Be Given to Babies?
The baby should be given expressed milk with a spoon, spoon bottle, syringe, or goblet. You should also keep in mind that getting used to easy flow as a result of bottle use is one of the biggest causes of breast rejection.
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