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In order to last longer, expressed breast milk (ASIP) needs to be stored in the freezer. However, when the power goes out for a long time, frozen breast milk supplies can thaw or even go stale. However, there is no need to panic, because there are several ways to save expressed breast milk during a power failure that you can apply
In order to last longer, expressed breast milk needs to be stored in the freezer at a minimum temperature of -18°C. If not stored in the right way, the quality of breast milk can decrease or even become stale. Giving expressed breast milk that is no longer fresh or stale can make your little one experience digestive disorders, such as stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
How to Store Expressed Breast Milk When the Power Is Off
Power outages, especially if they occur for a long time, can be a worrying moment for nursing mothers who store breast milk in the freezer. This is because a power outage can make ASIP unfit for drinking and must be discarded. Too bad, isn't it?
However, don't worry, Bun. ASIP can still be saved if stored in a good and right way. Here are tips for storing expressed breast milk during a power failure that you need to know:
1. Avoid opening the freezer door too often
The first tip to save ASIP stock during a power outage is not to open the freezer door too often. When there is no electricity, the temperature in the freezer will not immediately change drastically, really, Bun.So, to slow down the temperature change, avoid opening the freezer door unless it's urgent.
2. Arrange breast milk and fill freezer
Arrange ASIP with adjacent or stacked positions. This can make breast milk take longer to thaw. If the breast milk is not too much, you should fill the empty space in the freezer with ice gel or an ice cube bag so that the temperature in the freezer does not change quickly.
3. Transfer breast milk to cooler bag
Monitor the freezer temperature using a thermometer. If the freezer temperature has reached -4°C or you feel that the freezer is not cold enough, you should immediately move the breast milk to a smaller place, such as a cooler bag, and fill it fully with ice gel.
Cooler bags are generally lined with styrofoam which can prevent outside air from entering, so that the temperature inside the cooler bag is maintained. This method can slow down the thawing of ASIP.
4. Ask relatives or family for help
If the electricity doesn't turn on and the ice gel in the cooler bag isn't too cold, try asking for help to leave breast milk for relatives or family whose electricity doesn't go out.
Before placing it in someone else's freezer, it's best if the breast milk bag is lined again with plastic. This method is important to prevent breast milk from being contaminated by germs and bacteria.
Mothers can apply the various ways above to save expressed breast milk when the power goes out. In addition to ensuring that the way of storing ASIP is done correctly, you also have to look at the condition of ASIP after a power failure.
If it only thaws a little, you can freeze breast milk in the freezer again. If the milk has completely melted but is still cold, put it in the refrigerator and use it until the next day at the latest.
ASIP which has a rancid aroma and tastes very sour, you have to throw it away. This indicates that the milk has gone stale.
Storage of expressed breast milk is good and correct during a power failure is the right way to maintain its quality. If you still have questions about how to store breast milk, especially when the power goes out, don't hesitate to consult a doctor.