Pampers Gifts to Grow
So, the hospital uses Pampers. And I have no good way of washing diapers while we’re in the hospital (if we were local, I could probably pull it off, but we’re not), so we use the Pampers. Pampers has this Gifts to Grow program, where you can earn points toward various things. The codes for the points are inside the containers. Wish I’d caught on to this when he was in the NICU, because he had to be double-diapered and we were going through packages like crazy, lol. (and a nurse commented that she bet I was happy we weren’t having to do that at home because it would be so expensive – um, more expensive than the NICU? I don’t think so.)
Anyway. Back to my point. Pampers also every once in a while has codes they release to the Internet At Large that you can add to your account. I’m at some 350 points, and you need like 10,000 to get anything, so I’ve got a ways to go, but when one of the coupon blogs I follow has a code, I go add it.
And today while I was adding a code, I also saw this little Q&A:
I have a 6-month-old baby. How long does frozen breast milk retain its value and nutrition?
Fresh breast milk, when expressed under clean conditions, can be used safely up to four hours at room temperature, and for 24 to 48 hours when refrigerated immediately after expression. When frozen immediately, breast milk can last up to three months. In general, the freezer compartment of a household refrigerator is adequate for safe freezing. Although freezing breast milk does preserve most of the milk’s nutritional value, some of the immunological, or disease-fighting, components of milk are inactivated by freezing. No studies have been done to determine whether babies who drink fresh breast milk exclusively get fewer colds or diarrhea illnesses than babies who get frozen milk occasionally. The health benefits of breastfeeding are so important that a nursing mother should not hesitate to feed her baby frozen, defrosted breast milk during temporary separations.
For the record, the CDC is pretty conservative, and here are their guidelines (which I have also provided to Pampers).
6-8 hours countertop, 24 hours insulated cooler bag, 5 days fridge, 6-12 months freezer or longer.