Category 5 Hurricane Irma with wind speed at approximately 185 mph is currently threatening the coast of Florida and parts of the Southeastern seaboard of the United States. One of the top 3 largest hurricanes ever to be recorded is looming to touch land and cause inconvenience and possible even natural disaster to our surroundings. So now we must take the necessary precautions for the safety of our family and be ready. But sometimes things happen that we don’t expect.
As a pumping mom, something we worry about is if anything happened to that freezer stash we tirelessly worked to build every day. All those hours of pumping and saving every ounce of that liquid gold to feed our little baby needs to be preserved. It’s like that saying, “Whoever said no sense in crying over spilled milk never pumped before.” But something we don’t really consider is if there is a power outage due to a storm surge, hurricane, or other natural disaster. In that case, you need to be aware of what you can do to make sure all those ounces of breast milk don’t thaw and go to waste.
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Here are 4 steps you can take to save your freezer stash if there was a power outage:
- Open the freezer as little as possible to keep the cold air isolated.
- Have a backup generator on hand to keep the refrigerator going.
- Pack the frozen milk supply in a separate cooler with extra ice.
- Put extra dry ice in the freezer to maintain a cold temperature.
We would hate to see all your hard work and dedication go to waste. If you are in a situation where loss of power may put your supply at risk, we hope these tips will help you keep your stash safe. In the meantime, always put yours and your family's safety first. In the end, physical objects can always be replaced.
Stay safe and good luck!