Milk storage bag question

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Milk storage bag question
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 2:50pm
I just started back to work today. Last night I took out some frozen milk and the bag leaked and I lost all the milk, I used Lanionsh bags. Does anyone have any suggestions on better storage bags that will not leak when i defrost them?



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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 8:04pm

I use them too and its been great... be careful with the bags when frozen, dropping them can cause the plastic to crack.


Also, I use the double seal... making sure I squeeze the air out and then that they're both locked. I gently hold it upside down and make sure there is no milk anywhere leaking out.


Then, when my husband thaws them, he keeps them standing upright in a cup so even if the seal does somehow come loose, the milk won't leak out.


http://www.amazon.com/First-Years-Breastmilk-Thaw-Warm/dp/B000P1U9VE


we just use a large plastic cup. =)

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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 8:12pm

I started using the medela bags but switched to the lansinoh b/c I found them more reliable.


Make sure you don't over fill, close both zips carefully, and thaw upright as Melissa said.

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 10:19am

I had that problem too.

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Mon, 09-21-2009 - 10:32am

I have used the Gerber, the Medela & the Lansinoh ones.

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Registered: 09-18-2008
Mon, 09-21-2009 - 4:20pm
Thanks ladies for the information. I will make sure when I thaw the milk I put it in another zip lock bag.



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Tue, 09-22-2009 - 6:48pm

You can try putting the indivigual bags of milk into

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Wed, 10-07-2009 - 6:49pm

I had that same problem earlier this week, and posted the same question on another message board that I frequent (exclusively pumping). As pp's suggested, I also thaw my frozen BM in a ziploc bag so that I can still use it. Also if you contact Lansinoh they will send you some bags so that you can double bag the milk you currently have frozen. Lansinoh recommends freezing your milk laying down. I have started saving any bags that leak to send back to Lansinoh so that they can examine them.

This is the reply I got from them:
 
First I would like to extend my sincerest apology to you for the unpleasant experience you are having with our Milk Storage Bags.  Thank you very much for notifying us of this problem.   I can only imagine how frustrating and disappointing this must have been for you.  This company was founded over 20 years ago by a breastfeeding mother for the sole purpose of supporting breastfeeding and I am so sorry that one of our products has not only failed to make things easier for you but has created quite the opposite.  It takes an enormous commitment to breastfeed, even more of a commitment to provide breastmilk in your absence.  To know that a product of ours has challenged you even further is a terrible thing for you and for all of us here at Lansinoh.
 
I would like to try and explain what might be the problem:  Our biggest challenge is to make a bag that is strong enough while using a completely safe plastic.  There are many types of plastic, most of which would be more pliable and more durable.  Unfortunately, this plastic has components in it (called plasticizers) that could leach through into the milk.  Only when using virgin plastic (which we do) can we be assured that the milk can be stored safely with no possibility of an undesired element being released from the plastic.  Virgin plastic is more rigid and when the milk freezes, it places more stress on the plastic.  The development of a breastmilk storage bag has been a long and costly project for us, but we are determined to deliver a quality bag made of virgin plastic. 
 
Do you normally freeze the bags standing up or laying flat?  Do you by chance still have the inspection code that would have been printed on the outside of the white pouch? Also, do you still have the defective bags? If so, I would like to send you a self-addressed stamped envelope to return the defective bags so that we may forward them to our manufacturer. 
 
I would like to try and help you salvage the milk you have frozen now.   I can get a supply of our bags sent to you for you to use to 'double bag' the milk you are defrosting so that if they do continue to leak, you can at least catch your milk in something sterile so that it does not go to waste. I just need to know approximately how many bags you currently have frozen and you mailing address.  Again, I am sorry for the trouble this has caused and if you have any questions or if I could be of any further assistance please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
 
HTH,
Alicia
 


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Thu, 10-08-2009 - 10:08am
Wow, that's a pretty amazing response!!!

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