Research: Beware of intestinal bacteria that digest breast milk! What are the methods of storing breast milk?

Breast milk is essential for babies to complete their digestive and immune development. Breast milk is the source of all essential nutrients for babies, and therefore babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months.

Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that a strain of bacteria that plays a key role in the early development of the baby’s intestinal microbiome in industrial society is beginning to disappear.

The baby’s gut, which is almost completely sterilized shortly after birth, eventually becomes a collection of trillions of microbial cells known as microbiome. Breastfeeding is a solid start to breastfeeding by providing nutrients for the health of the germs that fight good germ-fighting bacteria.
Researchers at both the Stanford University School of Medicine and clinical research in the United States say that a bacterium that succeeds in digesting breast milk begins to disappear and can exacerbate health problems such as chronic inflammation.

Breaks down breast milk sugar

The work was carried out as follows:

Researchers have found that Bifidobacterium bacteria, which live in the gut, are the most common species in the microbiome of infants under six months of age worldwide, whether they are breastfed or formula fed.
According to scientific articles, the strain Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis) effectively breaks down a special type of breast milk sugar known as ‘oligosaccharides’, as well as enhances immunity and the development of bacterial microbiome. This strain has been found to be much more common among children in non-industrialized societies.

In contrast, Bifidobacterium brew, which has limited ability to break down milk sugars, has been found to be the most common strain in children in industrialized countries.

Industry has collapsed in society

The article shows that breastfeeding increases the amount of effective bacterial strain in industrialized countries, but is still lower than in non-industrialized countries.
Justin Sonenberg, professor of microbiology and immunology, who is the lead author of the study, said: “The characteristic of the intestinal microbiome is that it is changeable, so it can decay over time. This has happened in industrialized countries in the last century.”

So, what are the methods of storing breast milk?

The most important ingredient in baby’s nutrition is breast milk. Every mother tries her best not to deprive her child of this great nutrition. She tries to get her milk, she struggles to get her baby’s milk. Issues like whether milk is sufficient or not are also confusing to the mind.

Matters that mothers should pay attention to;

Most new mothers have made some mistakes in breastfeeding. Some of them are listed below;

Newborns cannot wake up when they are hungry. They need to be fed at regular intervals. The interval recommended by experts is 2-3 hours.
Children need help with burping. The baby should be helped to pass gas during each breastfeeding or even every breast change.
When breastfeeding, it is advisable to breastfeed in such a way that not only the tip of the breast, but the entire dark part of the breast enters the baby’s mouth. Breastfeeding with only the tip can cause the nipple to rupture.

It is advisable to express the milk left in the breast without being absorbed by the baby. Manual and automatic pumps are available for feeding. Expressed milk may be stored for subsequent evaluation. For storage, it should be obtained from specially produced milk storage bags.

Expressed breast milk storage conditions;

Breast milk storage bag

Expressed breast milk should only be stored in specially produced breast milk storage bags. It is recommended to use a separate bag for each milk and each teat. According to the storage conditions, the storage time is as follows;

– 3 hours at room temperature (19-26 degrees)

– 3 days in the fridge (4 degrees and below)

– 3 months in freezer (-18 degrees and below)

These storage conditions are the storage times and conditions recommended by the Ministry of Health. Milk dates should be written on the bags before putting them in the freezer. Thus, the first use of the first combined milk can be ensured. Milk taken out of the freezer and re-frozen is not good for health. Even if the baby does not finish the milk, the milk should be discarded without putting it in the fridge again.

Guidebook on breast milk preservation published by the Ministry of Health

In case of feeding and storing milk in common place at work, mother should also write her name on the bag. Thus, potential confusion is avoided.
According to the Breast Milk Storage Instruction Booklet published by the Ministry of Health, breast milk; It can be stored at room temperature (19-26 ° C) for 3 hours, in refrigerator (0-4 ° C) for 3 days and in deep freezer (-18 ° C) for 3 months. Be sure to stick the date and time of feeding in the container with a small sticker.

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