You Are Wasting Your Breast Milk
You Are Wasting Your Breast Milk
Don’t Waste That Liquid Gold!
Breastfeeding is hard work! Undoubtedly it can be exhausting. That’s why you must stop wasting your breast milk, and learn to save it!
Nursing takes patience, endurance, and a whole lot of love and support. Being the only one able to feed the baby, comfort the baby (unless you pump too), can be daunting at times. The days get long, the nights even longer. There are moments when as a mom, you just don’t want to be touched or touch anyone! You are touched out and need a break.
Newborn babies require so much time and attention. They nurse almost constantly at the beginning, and they poop just as much. I remember those days, feeling like all I do is feed the baby and change his/her clothes and diaper. Showering, eating, sleeping, these were all distance fantasies! I just feed, wipe, change, repeat.
The season of newborn babies is a short but sweet one. Newborns are precious gifts. They may test your patience and challenge your mental strength to levels you didn’t realize you could be tested, but they are worth every struggle and every sleepless night.
What is in breast milk?
1. Protein – Breast milk was designed to be easily digested. The proteins contained in breast milk are both casein (40%) and whey (60%). To break the proteins down even further, here is what those proteins actually do…
- Lactoferrin works in the gastrointestinal tract to inhibit the growth of iron dependent bacteria.
- Immunoglobulins are a great source of protection for the baby’s immune system. More specifically the antibodies mom passes on to the baby protect him/her from the viruses and bacteria that she has been exposed to. Meaning the baby gets moms immune protection while he/she is nursing. The baby gets moms IgA, IgG and IgM antibodies. That alone is worth nursing a baby. Especially if you delay or choose not to vaccinate. This offers protection without the harmful additives vaccines offer.
- Lysozyme protects the baby’s GI tract as well. Specifically lysozyme protects against E. Coli and Salmonella. Two kinda of bacteria that could potentially be deadly if the baby were to have an overgrowth or come in contact with them through a contaminated surface.
- Bifidus factor helps in aiding the growth of lactobacillus. This is a beneficial bacteria to the baby’s immune system.
2. Fats – Fat is so important to a newborn baby’s growth and development. Brain, retina and nervous system development are all dependent on having adequate amounts of fat present.
3. Vitamins – Moms should continue taking prenatal vitamins even after the baby is born. Babies get their vitamins (or most of them) through mom’s breast milk. In order to have enough to give, and have some left for your own body, you should continue taking your prenatal’s unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
4. Carbohydrates – Carbs, specifically lactose help to decrease the amount of unwanted bacteria in the gut. By doing this it improves the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. The importance of this cannot be understated as it reduces disease and helps the good bacteria to thrive.
How to Stop Wasting and Start Saving Your Breast Milk
When I was nursing my little ones I didn’t have this option. I would always be discouraged at the amount of milk that I wasted in my nursing pads. As the baby nurses from one side, the other side undoubtedly leaks quite a bit of milk. Unless you have a pump attached (which is rather challenging when you are trying to hold, soothe and cuddle your baby), your milk gets wasted all over your bra, clothes or nursing pads.
Stop losing all of that liquid gold, and save it with something so simple and genius!
Milkies Milk-Saver‘s are just like nursing pads except for one really big difference. Instead of absorbing (so you can stay dry), they collect – so you can save for later! This allows you to collect milk as you nurse so you can collect with each nursing session, and possibly even avoid pumping.
Some moms find that they collect so much from their nursing sessions that they rarely need to pump. So much milk that normally gets wasted.
Milkies can collect over 2 ounces of milk. Some women even thought they got 3 ounces from the side the baby didn’t nurse on. All you have to do is collect, store and freeze. It’s that simple.
Sources: American Pregnancy, LLL