unhelpful old wives' tales
You'd think that in this modern age where we can test, measure and analyze the tiniest cells and bits of bacteria, we'd provide mothers and babies with the data they need for health and happiness. Unfortunately, as we have worked to bring Ceres Chill to the world, we have uncovered tedious and unsupported breast milk "rules" that complicate an already challenging process for pumping mothers.
Most recently we have looked to science to tell us whether there is any support for the widespread belief that moms cannot add warm, freshly expressed milk to chilled milk.
Every time I encountered this rule, I thought, Why not? What happens if they add it? No-one could ever answer this question for me and there were never any research citations available. That really nagged at me as a pumping mom with a ton of work and barriers to breastfeeding already on my plate. I had friends throwing away ½ to 2 ounces at a time because they felt the amounts were too small to go through the process to pump, save, chill and then combine.
THE TRUTH ABOUT COMBINING WARM AND CHILLED MILK
I am happy to report that real research by doctors in this field tells moms something great: not only can you add warm milk to chilled, doing so has health benefits for your baby!
Enter Lisa Stellwagen, MD, a newborn specialist and board-certified pediatrician. Dr. Stellwagen has been a pediatrician for 30 years, both in community and hospital settings, and is the medical director of the Newborn Service at UC San Diego Health. Her clinical expertise includes infant nutrition, breastmilk feeding, and medical care of newborns. According to Dr. Stellwagen and her colleagues:
What a relief and help to so many pumping moms!
Now comes the hard work of spreading the word and making sure we stamp out all of the useless rules holding us back and replace it with the truth about breastmilk. It is not frail. It is powerful! And we will now conveniently save every last warm ounce painstaking created for our children.