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A lot of energy, time, dedication, and money goes into the process of expressing precious breastmilk so that it can be given to your baby, whilst you are separated from him or her for any amount of time.
Here are a few practical guidelines on the storage of breastmilk and how to care for, and store your liquid gold, whilst if there is a power outage or when we experience load-shedding.
Power outages are not ideal, but they do happen. Whether your frozen breastmilk will be salvaged after the power outage will depend on the frequency and duration of the power outage, and the state and temperature that your milk is at, after this time. The conditions and storage of your breastmilk will also affect the rate at which the breastmilk will thaw. If you are in doubt, seek help, as sometimes the decision to use or discard your stored breastmilk may not be clear.
Breastmilk is a living fluid with live cells and immune factors that can be damaged during heating and freezing processes. The best way to feed your baby breastmilk is fresh. This is when the nutritional and immune content is at its highest. Use power outages to spend down-time with your little one and avoid using frozen milk, when proper heating is not available.