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Breastfeeding Resources

How to Clean Your Breast Pump

Check out the step by step pictorial directions from CDC on how to keep your Breast Pump Clean and baby healthy!

 

https://www.cdc.gov/hygiene/pdf/breastpumpkit-clean-508.pdf

Breastfeeding Support Resources

Kelly Mom– This website was developed by a mom and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting.

https://kellymom.com/category/bf/

 

La Leche League– A national group with a local chapter with support groups, Facebook page and hotline to provide support for those wishing to breastfeed. Their mission statement: “La Leche League USA (and in turn, LLL of San Antonio) helps parents, families, and communities to breastfeed, chestfeed, and human milk feed their babies through parent-to-parent support. LLL USA encourages, informs, educates, supports, and promotes the use of human milk and the intimate relationship and development that comes from nursing a child for as long as mutually desired.”

https://lllofsanantonio.com/our-meetings/

 

Latched-Offers in home breastfeeding support for SA families as well as parenting education, material assistance, car seat safety services, and resource guidance tailored to each family’s needs. There is an option on the website to make a professional or self referral for services.

http://latchedsupport.com/about/
San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition– Local coalition to Promote, Protect and Support Breastfeeding. Has multiple links for families to find support groups, lactation consultants, WIC information, etc.

https://sabctx.org/local-resources/

 

Breastfeeding Library

Great information resource on breastfeeding and common questions for breastfeeding mothers.

http://www.ameda.com/breastfeeding/

Safe Storage of Breastmilk

Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk

Safely Preparing and Storing Expressed Breast Milk

  •  Be sure to wash your hands before expressing or handling breast milk.
  • When collecting milk, be sure to store it in clean containers, such as screw cap bottles, hard plastic cups with tight caps, or heavy-duty bags that fit directly into nursery bottles. Avoid using ordinary plastic storage bags or formula bottle bags, as these could easily leak or spill.
  • If delivering breast milk to a child care provider, clearly label the container with the child’s name and date.
  • Clearly label the milk with the date it was expressed to facilitate using the oldest milk first.
  • Do not add fresh milk to already frozen milk within a storage container. It is best not to mix the two.
  • Do not save milk from a used bottle for use at another feeding.

Safely Thawing Breast Milk

  •  As time permits, thaw frozen breast milk by transferring it to the refrigerator for thawing or by swirling it in a bowl of warm water.
  • Avoid using a microwave oven to thaw or heat bottles of breast milk
  •  Microwave ovens do not heat liquids evenly. Uneven heating could easily scald a baby or damage the milk
  • Bottles may explode if left in the microwave too long.
  • Excess heat can destroy the nutrient quality of the expressed milk.
  • Do not re-freeze breast milk once it has been thawed.

 

 

Expressed Breastmilk Storage Recommendation

Location

Temperature

How long

Countertop

15-27℃ (59-80°F)

4 hours Max

Personal cooler/ ice packs

15℃ (59°F)

24 hours

Refrigerator

4-10℃ ( 39.2-50°F)

4 days optimal (Up to 7 days)

Freezer

-4-0℃ (24-32

6 months optimal (Up to 12 months)

La Leche League San Antonio

La Leche League is an international, non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Accredited by La Leche League International, volunteer Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who are familiar with current research in all aspects of breastfeeding.

https://lllofsanantonio.com

WIC (Women, Infant, and Children’s Program)

WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program funded by federal and state governments to make nutritious foods available to women, infants and children. The following persons may be eligible:

  • women who are pregnant
  • breastfeeding mothers
  • women who have given birth within the past 6 months
  • infants and children under 5 years old

https://texaswic.org

 


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