Breast Milk Storage

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Breast Milk Storage
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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 11:28am

What are you storing your BM in?

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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 12:00pm

Gerber bottles are cheap and hook up to the Medela pump, as do Dr. Browns and Evenflo. I don't generally have enough to freeze, but I pump into bottles and then pour into bags when I do. I'm too nervous that the bag would fall off and I would lose everything.sig by ChrissySig by Chrissy at SMFB! Lilypie First Birthday tickersby chrissy bottlemommy greenby chrissy waterwtt grad january 2011

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 12:12pm
That was my thought about the bags as well. I saw a picture of one taped on and I was like "um, no". Thanks for the heads up on the bottles.
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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 12:20pm

I pump into the bottles that came with the pump, then I freeze them in freezer trays (I have this kind), and then I pop them out of the trays and store them in freezer bags, 24 ozs per freezer bag, laying flat.

I liked the trays because they seemed greener to me, and I like being able to decide exactly how many ozs to dethaw ...

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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 1:50pm

I pumped maybe 3 times with Eloise, but with Desmond I used the Medela bags, they actually have a ziplock type closure, and worked wonderfully.




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Registered: 11-27-2007
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 2:12pm

When I was pumping for the twins, I would keep it in bottles with lids in the fridge if I knew I was going to use it within 24 hours. You can even keep it out at room temp if you're going to use it within 6 hours. I got a bunch of freezer bags. I forget the brand that I liked, but I know that I really liked having the double ziplock across the top and the bottom that pops out so you can set it on a flat surface. I would pump into bottles and pour it into the bags so it was more accurate to measure the amount in bottles and then put it in the freezer bags to keep track of amounts. Plus, then you can freeze it in the exact amounts you need so it's easier when you thaw it. I tied a string to a sharpie and put it on our fridge door so I could label the bags w/ the date that I pumped and how much is in it (label it before you put the BM in it or it's harder to write). To thaw them, I'd run the frozen bags under hot water and pour them back into bottles, then put the bottles in the bottle warmer.

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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 4:22pm

I tried the bags but didn't like them. I ended up going out and buying more Madela bottles at Babies R US. I can't remember how much they were ( I had a gift card from my registry) so I didn't really pay attention. However they were probably cheaper than at a hospital. I pumped 3X a day sometimes more once I went back to work.

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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 6:28pm
I use the Medela bags and I love them. I bought the Nuk brand because they were cheaper but they sucked...the bags werent as sturdy and didnt freeze flat like the Medela bags. I also pumped into the bottle and then poured into the bag...easier to measure and I'm clumsy so I was afraid I would spill it. Just be sure to actually empty your bag before rinsing....about a week into having a new baby and pumping (and hating the pump with a passion), I accidentally started rinsing a full bottle of EBM in my zoned out sleepy haze...I was so pissed and upset, I threw the bottle across the room and cried for an hour!! :P

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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 9:47pm
I pump into bottles (Evenflo fit into Medela pumps and they are super cheap). Then I just use the lids and put them in the fridge. I have a few 8 oz Evenflo bottles for when I have bigger pumps (I just dump the two bottles into one to save space in the fridge).

When I was freezing, I would wait until I had 2 days of milk in the fridge and then freeze a day's worth. I used the Lansinoh bags, and they worked great. I never did what Adrienne suggested using ice-cube trays, but I heard that works really well too and is WAY cheaper.




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Registered: 09-12-2008
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 11:25pm

As Adrienne mentioned earlier, I just HUTH last week after pumping for the last year (what a free-ing feeling!)

I have a Medela PIS and used the bottles that came with it and then poured the milk into Lansinoh bags. I ordered the bags off Amazon because it was way cheaper than buying a single box from BRU or another store. In one year, I think I only had like two bags leak. I found them to be very sturdy and

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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:56pm
Thanks everyone.

I thought about the tray like Adrienne suggested, by my freezer is such a mess... I can't even make ice cubes in it (LOL). I would have milk all over the place.

Good call on getting more shields Christine, never thought of that. But I did get the Medela steam bags for sterilizing and wipes for between pumping.

I also went w/ the common suggestion and got the EvenFlo bottles to pump into and the Lanoish bags (they were buy 1 get 1 50%).
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