Breast milk is a valuable resource that provides important nutrients and antibodies to our babies. However, it can be difficult to store and transport in its liquid (or even frozen) form. That's where freeze-drying comes in! Freeze drying involves removing the water from your breast milk through a process called lyophilization or sublimation. Once the process is complete, you are left behind with a nutrient dense powdered form of your breast milk that can be easily stored for a longer shelf life and reconstituted for use in bottle feedings on the go, at home and more.
Leche uses a proprietary freeze-drying process to ensure that each mother's milk is processed separately, efficiently and safely. Here's how our process works:
Step 1: Separation of Milk
Leche uses a unique serial number and barcode system that is applied to each step of our ordering and freeze drying process. We label, tag, and track every single step of the process from start to finish avoiding any chance of crossing of milk from different moms.
Step 2: Individualized Breast Milk Testing
Leche is the only breast milk freeze-drying service today that includes a crucial step in ensuring the highest safety and quality of your milk with bacteria testing. We test each order with specialized breast milk testing plates that can detect bacteria contamination. This ensures us as well as you that your milk is safe for consumption by your little one after freeze-drying.
Step 3: Dedicated Freeze-Drying Chambers
We have dedicated freeze-drying chambers for each individual mom. This allows for her milk to be freeze-dried alone without any other moms’ milk inside.
Step 4: Individual Processing and Packing
Each mom's freeze-dried breast milk is individually processed and packed one-by-one in an enclosed, sterile environment. We use laminar hood flows for both the pre-processing and packaging steps to ensure that each order is not impacted by the external environment.
Step 5: Delivery
Once your breast milk is processed and packed, it is ready for delivery. We take great care to ensure that the milk is shipped safely in our custom, convenient packaging, so you can be confident that your breast milk will arrive in good condition.
At Leche, we understand that being a mom is hard work. That's why we provide a safe and reliable way to store your breast milk and why we take every step possible to ensure that your milk is safe, secure, and healthy for your little one. So, go ahead and take advantage of this amazing service - your baby (and your sanity) will thank you!
Follow along and watch the process HERE!