There are many questions asked by households when mothers start breastfeeding their children. Here are some examples: Is breastmilk better than formula milk? How do I store breast milk? Is there an expiration date for breast milk? What’s the shelf-life of breast milk? How long should I breastfeed my baby?
However, there is one important question most parents fail to address or even think about:
Most people do not think twice about the quality of the food products they buy until the “sell-by” or the “best-by” date. Breast milk also has a “best if used by date,” yet we shouldn’t view it quite the same as other foods.
How do you store or handle breast milk? There are many websites that explain the storage of breast milk. The shelf life of breast milk is determined by a number of factors: the environment and temperature it is kept in, storage techniques, type of container used, and clean practices used to express the milk.
The CDC has an excellent chart detailing how long one can store breast milk in various environments. (Click here to download The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine protocol for human-milk-storage information.)
Top 5 frequently asked questions in Happy Baby USA.
Why does my baby keep getting sick!
Is there something wrong with my baby? Should I be concerned? Are there any ways to prevent this? These are just a few of the many questions this article will attempt to explain.
Let us start with a little background on the immune system.
Simply speaking, the immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against foreign and infectious agents. The immune system comprises of two main components – innate and adaptive. Innate immunity can be thought of typically as your first line of defense, like the skin, mucous membranes and specific cells of the body such as neutrophils and macrophages. Adaptive immunity can be compared to an elite group of special forces – lymphocytes (B and T cells), plasma cells and antigen presenting cells. Plasma cells and B cells create antibodies for the immune system. Innate and adaptive immunity together work hand in hand to protect the body from foreign and infectious agents. Read more…
Vaccinations are one of the best means to prevent disease and malaise in babies and children.
(Click the picture to download the latest PDF vaccination schedule for babies – June 2011.)
As of 2011, there are currently 16 diseases that children are being vaccinated against. They are measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis B, diptheria, pertussis and tetanus, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A, rotavirus, varicella, pneumococcal disease, meningocooccal disease and influenza. Human papillomavirus HPV vaccine has been recommended Read more…
My baby has a cold and can’t breathe! All parents have dealt with colds that seem to all of a sudden start to crop up after 4~6 months of age. Unfortunately most parents have also experienced helplessness when they see their child struggling to breathe. It is especially distressing during this period because your newborn does not quite have the capacity to breathe comfortably through his/her mouth – thus the term obligate nose breathers.
At the time of birth, your baby is blessed with immune help from the mother – antibodies, in the form of IgG is transferred directly from the mother to the baby during the time in the womb. Babies can also receive additional immune help from the immunoglobulin IgA which is only present in the mother’s breast milk and not formula milk. (Although IgG is a wonderful protectant to the baby, IgG is less effective in fighting some bacteria namely Gram-negative bacteria.)
Do you chew food for your baby? All mothers and fathers mean well and want what’s best for their babies…
As for humans, please do not chew the food and feed it to your baby. This action has been seen quite a number of times in public and some are surprisingly even promoted on other articles and websites. While all intentions are out of love, it really is not that good for the baby. What one is essentially doing is transferring bacteria in the adult’s mouth and into the baby. This type of action will bring more cavities down the road for the little ones along with other infections which can occur – bacterial, viral and even fungal.