It needs to be done delicately. Gently swirling the breast milk is the optimal way to mix your expressed breast milk. For those of you mamas who take the time to pump for your babies (that takes some dedication), be sure to take an extra minute to gently mix your breast milk.
Breast Milk Handling: Why you shouldn’t shake it!
Breast milk is amazing. It is made up of living cells: living cells that are susceptible to physical damage. When you shake breast milk it denatures the molecules. It breaks the proteins up into parts. When the proteins remain intact they help to protect the lining of babies gut. We want to do everything we can to start our babies off right with good gut-health.
Oh no! I’ve Been Shaking My Breast Milk.
Have you been shaking your stored breast milk? Don’t despair! Some of the whole proteins are very likely still intact. Even if they aren’t though, you’re still giving your baby something infinitely more nutritious than formula. When babies drink formula they’re never getting complete proteins, only the parts. Breast milk has many more advantages than this though, even shaken breast milk.
Are you a mama who pumps and stores breast milk for while you’re away? Or maybe you exclusively pump for your little one. Let your baby’s care-taker know to be gentle with that breast milk. Swirrrrl. don’t shake!
Who knew you weren’t supposed to shake breast milk?