Providing milk for another
OK, I figured I's start a new thread because now I have actual questions. Any input is appreciated. Thanks mamas!
- My friend (L) talked to an LC yesterday and she told her she'd need to pasturize it before giving it to baby. Is this necessary? I know they do it for milk bank milk, but this is a one donor, one baby situation so I wasn't sure why it would need to happen. L isn't too concerned about pasteurizing it and was more concerned about any potential loss of nutrients/live substances that might happen as a result. Also, we'll be freezing it, at least in the beginning, so wouldn't that take care of bacteria?
- I've never frozen my milk, do I need to test it ahead of time to see if there are any lactase problems or is that something that isn't all that common and we'd just deal with it if it comes up? She's not due for a month so any milk I get between now and then will need to be frozen.
- Any recommendations on storage? Autumn I know you've told me how you did it before, can you refresh me? Or any other moms who use the medela system?
- I'm looking for a good resource showing how much breastmilk a newborn would need. Do you think it would be the same amount as formula? Maybe a resource for moms of preemies would have some info on that. I'll also check kellymom...
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