Keep Everyone Safe
The Lockabox One is designed to keep everyone safe, whether you’re storing medicine bottles out of the reach of little ones or managing the medication for elderly relatives.
Giving birth, will be one of the most amazing experiences for parents, however the average mother will burn 400-700 calories per hour, there will be typically quite a lot of contractions which suggests if a mother has endured a long pregnancy , the net result will be absolute fatigue , tiredness.
The Lockabox for milk storage will give mother the options for the below :
- Immediate Access to Nutrition.
- Support for Breastfeeding mothers.
- Emergency Situations.
- Medical Considerations.
- Flexibility in Feeding Options.
Why is infant Milk storage important for hospitals
Infant milk storage in hospitals is important for several reasons:
- Maintaining Breast Milk Integrity: For mothers who choose to breastfeed, proper storage of expressed breast milk is crucial to preserve its nutritional content. Storing breast milk under appropriate conditions helps retain its essential nutrients and antibodies, providing optimal benefits for the infant.
- Ensuring a Continuous Milk Supply: In cases where direct breastfeeding is not immediately possible, storing breast milk allows hospitals to maintain a continuous supply of milk for infants. This is especially important for premature babies or those who cannot breastfeed directly.
- Supporting Mothers’ Breastfeeding Goals: Many hospitals promote breastfeeding and support mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding after leaving the hospital. Proper storage facilitates this goal, allowing mothers to build a supply of expressed milk for later use.
- Feeding Premature or Ill Infants: In neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), premature or ill infants may not be able to breastfeed directly. Storing expressed breast milk allows healthcare providers to feed these infants with the mother’s milk, which is highly beneficial for their development and immune system.
- Facilitating Feeding by Caregivers: Stored breast milk enables caregivers, including hospital staff and family members, to feed infants when the mother is not available or needs rest. This supports a collaborative approach to infant care.
- Minimizing Contamination Risks: Properly stored breast milk is less prone to contamination. Hospitals adhere to strict guidelines for milk storage to minimize the risk of bacterial growth and ensure the safety of the milk for consumption.
- Transitioning to Bottle Feeding: Storing breast milk allows hospitals to facilitate the transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, which may be necessary for some infants or preferred by parents.
- Promoting Maternal Well-Being: Knowing that expressed breast milk is properly stored and available provides peace of mind to breastfeeding mothers, promoting their emotional well-being during hospital stays.
- Emergency Preparedness: In emergency situations or during disruptions in the mother’s ability to breastfeed, having stored breast milk ensures that infants have a reliable and safe source of nutrition.
In addition to breast milk storage, hospitals also handle the storage of formula for infants who are not breastfed, ensuring that proper nutrition is maintained for all newborns in their care. Proper infant milk storage is a key aspect of comprehensive neonatal and infant care in hospital settings.
Why is infant milk protection stored in hospitals
In hospitals, infant milk, whether it’s expressed breast milk or formula, may be locked away for several reasons:
- Security and Access Control: Locking away infant milk helps control access to these supplies. This is important to prevent unauthorized individuals from tampering with or accessing the milk, ensuring that it remains safe and uncontaminated.
- Preventing Mix-Ups: In a hospital setting where multiple infants may be receiving different types of milk, keeping the milk locked away helps prevent mix-ups. Each infant should receive the correct type of milk as prescribed by healthcare professionals.
- Maintaining Hygiene and Sterility: The security measures help maintain the hygiene and sterility of infant milk. Hospitals have strict protocols for handling and storing breast milk and formula to minimize the risk of contamination.
- Ensuring Proper Feeding Procedures: Locking away infant milk is part of a broader approach to ensure that feeding procedures are carried out according to established protocols. This includes verifying the identity of the infant, checking the prescribed type of milk, and maintaining a sterile environment during preparation.
- Compliance with Regulations: Regulatory standards and guidelines often require hospitals to have secure storage for medical supplies, including infant milk. Compliance helps institutions meet legal requirements and maintain accreditation.
- Preventing Theft or Misuse: In some instances, infant milk might be targeted for theft or misuse. Locking it away helps prevent such incidents, safeguarding a crucial resource for the care of infants.
- Patient and Family Education: Hospitals often provide education to parents and caregivers on the importance of proper infant feeding practices. Locking away infant milk reinforces the message that these supplies are carefully managed to ensure the well-being of the infants.
- Emergency Preparedness: In case of emergencies or natural disasters, having a controlled and secure storage system for infant milk ensures that these essential supplies are available when needed, contributing to the hospital’s overall emergency preparedness.
While the locking away of infant milk may seem restrictive, it is designed to prioritize the safety, hygiene, and well-being of the infants in the hospital’s care. It aligns with established protocols and regulations to maintain a high standard of infant feeding practices in a healthcare setting.
How to store breast milk
Breast milk can be stored in a sterilised container, or special storage bags – remember to label and date it.
Store it in small quantities to avoid wasting any. Your breast milk can then be kept:
- At the back of the fridge – not the door – for up to 8 days (at 4C or colder)
- In the ice compartment of the fridge for up to 2 weeks
- In the freezer for up to 6 months (at -18C or colder)
Defrosting frozen breast milk
The best way to defrost frozen breast milk is by leaving it in the fridge to thaw out completely before use.
However, if you need it straight away, you can defrost it by placing the bag or container in a jug of warm water, or by holding it under running warm water.
Whichever way you defrost the milk, it must be used immediately, and you should throw away any leftover milk after feeding. Never re-freeze defrosted milk.
Do not use a microwave
You should never thaw frozen breast milk in a microwave. Doing so can create hot spots in the milk that can burn your baby’s mouth.
Tips on bottle feeding
Here are some tips on bottle feeding your baby:
- Feed your baby when they show signs of being hungry: look out for cues (moving head and mouth around, sucking on fingers). Crying is the last sign of wanting to feed, so try and feed your baby before they cry.
- Hold your baby close in a semi-upright position so you can see their face and reassure them by looking into their eyes and talking to them during the feed. Begin by inviting baby to open their mouth: gently rub the teat against their top lip.
- Gently insert the teat into baby’s mouth keeping the bottle in a horizontal position (just slightly tipped) to prevent milk from flowing too fast.
- Watch your baby and follow the cues for when they need a break; these signs will be different from one baby to the next. They may splay their fingers and toes, spill milk out of their mouth, stop sucking, turn their head away or push the bottle away. Gently remove the teat or bring the bottle downwards to cut off the flow of milk.
- Your baby will know how much milk they need. Forcing your baby to finish a feed will be distressing and can mean your baby is overfed.
- If the teat becomes flattened while you are feeding, pull gently on the corner of your baby’s mouth to release the vacuum.
- Your baby may need short breaks during the feed and may need to burp sometimes. When your baby does not want any more feed, hold them upright and gently rub or pat their back to bring up any wind. This may be a very small amount, as wind is not as big a problem as many people think.
- Never use a prop for the bottle or leave your baby alone with a bottle as there is a risk they might choke.
Your baby may need a few breaks during feeding to burp (especially important if your baby has reflux or colic).
Sit your baby on your lap facing away from you, or over your shoulder, and gently pat or rub their back. Have a look at our guide to burping your baby.
When your baby burps, they may bring up some milk – this is normal and nothing to worry about, just make sure you have a muslin or cloth handy!
Latching on is how your baby attaches to your breast to feed. Lots of people assume that this comes naturally, but in reality it’s more of a skill that you and your baby need to learn together.
Good attachment also helps prevent sore and cracked nipples, so it’s important to get it right.
Knowing it’s time to feed
If possible, try to feed your baby when you are both relaxed and comfortable.
Your baby will let you know they are hungry by doing things like:
- sucking their fists
- licking their lips
- wriggling and opening their mouths, as if they’re searching for your breast
Encourage your baby to feed fully from each breast. This will help them get the fattier milk that comes towards the end of the feed.
Step-by-step guide to latching on
This guide shows you how to latch your baby onto your breast in 4 steps.
- Hold your baby’s whole body close with their nose level with your nipple.
- Let your baby’s head tip back a little so that their top lip can brush against your nipple. This should help your baby to make a wide, open mouth.
- When your baby’s mouth opens wide, their chin should be able to touch your breast first, with their head tipped back so that their tongue can reach as much breast as possible.
4. With your baby’s chin firmly touching your breast and their nose clear, their mouth should be wide open. You should see much more of the darker nipple skin above your baby’s top lip than below their bottom lip. Your baby’s cheeks will look full and rounded as they feed.
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