Returning to work after maternity leave does not mean stopping breastfeeding for your child. There are dairy ASI (ASIP) which can be given gradually. How can you maintain ASIP quality as well as direct breastfeeding?

Breast milk or ASIP is obtained by milking the breast from the breast to be placed in containers that will be given to the baby. Dairy milk is generally given when you are not with the baby for a long time, for example when you go to work in the office.

Dairy Management for Workers' Mothers

Blushing is also needed when your breasts feel full, but when you are not with the baby. This milk can also be mixed with baby food to facilitate digestion.

Questions About Dairy Milk

Although there are many benefits, ASIP is still not widely implemented because many people are still confused about how to manage it. In general, here are a few things that are still frequently questioned:

How to express milk?

In general, you can express milk with pumps or hands. There are two types of ASI pumps, namely manual pumps and electric pumps. A pump that is suitable for one person may not be suitable for another, so it is better to try to find a match.

Expressing milk by hand can be done with the following steps:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Place a sterilized bottle or container at the bottom of the breast to collect the milk that comes out.
  • Gently massage the breasts.
  • Position the fingers in the shape of the letter C around the areola or the dark part around the nipple. Press gently, but avoid pressing the nipples. In addition to causing pain, pressure on the nipples can actually prevent the release of milk.
  • Release the pressure, then repeat again.

If the flow of milk has begun to stop, massage the other parts until the entire surface of the breast has been massaged. Then do the other breast. And so on until the milk completely stops flowing and the breasts don’t feel full. Initially there was only a small amount of liquid milk coming out, but over time if done regularly the flow of milk will be more smooth and swift.

Just like giving breast milk directly, mothers who express milk need healthy food intake and enough rest to be able to get enough milk.

How do I save ASIP?

It is important to place ASIP in a glass or plastic bottle that is free of Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is risky for babies. Make sure the bottles are sterilized or minimally washed with clean, warm water. Avoid storing ASIP in disposable bottles that are not intended for repeated use. Special bottles of milk storage can usually be purchased at baby supplies stores.

Label the bottle with the hour and date the milk is milked. If the ASIP is placed together with another child’s ASIP bottle at the daycare or with a colleague, give the name on the label as well.

On the way to bring ASIP from one place to another, usually ASIP bottles can be placed in a special insulation bag or cooler. Workers mothers usually milk the milk at work, then bring the bottles of ASIP back home in a cooler bag. Meanwhile, if placed in the refrigerator, place the ASIP bottles in the coldest part, which is at the very back of the freezer. Start taking ASIP supplies starting from the first squeezed.

How long can ASIP last?

ASIP durability depends on where the milk is stored.

  • Freshly expressed milk can survive at room temperature for up to 4 hours.
  • If stored in a closed container with an ice bag, ASIP can last up to 24 hours.
  • ASIP stored in the refrigerator can last up to 3
  • Meanwhile, if stored in a freezer, ASIP can last up to 6 months.

The thing to remember is that the longer ASIP is stored, the more vitamin C is lost from milk. Discard ASIP that has passed the time limit for storage to avoid risk.

How to heat ASIP?

ASIP bottles stored in the refrigerator can be placed first in a bowl of warm water before giving to babies. But avoid putting it back in the refrigerator after it is warmed. Do not use microwave or boil to heat ASIP because it can damage the vitamin content in it and it will feel too hot for the baby’s mouth.

How much ASIP should be prepared?

It really depends on the baby’s needs. The need for breast milk naturally increases according to the age of the baby. This amount will then gradually decrease after the baby starts eating complementary foods (MPASI) at the age of 6 months and over.

Giving milk to babies can be done either with breastfeeding media such as special cups for babies (cup feeders). However, if the mother is already with the baby, it should remain in the condition of the baby to immediately breastfeed to stimulate the smooth production of breast milk. Well managed milk can be a solution for working mothers who want to continue breastfeeding their children.

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