How to keep breastfeeding after returning to work?

Written by: Dra. Luzdivina García Morales de los Ríos
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Breast milk has many benefits for the baby, as it has all proteins, fats and sugars and necessary elements that protect you from diseases that the mother has suffered.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for the first six months. However, in Spain have to return to four months after childbirth, so many mothers can not breastfeed for long enough. Fortunately, today there are some techniques to store and preserve the breast milk and the baby to take it even if the mother is not present.

Storing breast milk

Returning to work does not mean just not have much time to breastfeed, but it can also mean a drastic drop in milk production due to the levels of stress and anxiety because of an early separation. That is why in the consultations of Pediatrics two techniques are recommended for storing breast milk:

  • Milk bank: after the baby is satiated, you can try to remove the excess milk with a breast pump, which is stored in special bags, date of extraction is marked and frozen to be used when the mother is not with the baby.
  • Gatherer Cups: silicone are membranes that fit nipples and breast milk collected while working, then freeze it when you get home.


Conservation breast milk

To conserve and manage the milk properly, the advice to follow are:

  • Fractionating the extracted milk in small amounts (60-120 ml)
  • Preferably use milk collection bags or containers of hard plastic or glass, with a tight lid and are clean and boiled
  • Expressed breast milk can be stored between four and eight hours at room temperature, while it is a cool place for up to 48 hours in the refrigerator and for a maximum of three months in the freezer
*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Luzdivina García Morales de los Ríos

Dr. Garcia Morales de los Rios is a pediatrician expert in respiratory childhood diseases, asthma and allergies. With over 20 years of experience, s and has formed between Venezuela, Paris and Spain. Currently, she d irige its own query that offers: consulting children and adolescents, controlling growth and development, consultation allergy, pulmonology, allergy skin tests, spirometry, vaccines and basic diagnostic procedures. He is also professor at the Faculté de Médecine Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere La Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris and a member of various national and international associations of their specialty.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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