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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Registered: 08-04-2003
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 5:17pm
We have a deep freeze.... it's filled w/ my made ahead meals and bread LOL.
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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 3:17pm
I guess I'm the cheapskate of the group:) I just pumped into the medela bottles and then poured the milk into snack size ziploc bags! I would right the date and amount of milk in permanent marker and just lay the bag flat in the freezer until it froze, before "filing" it in date order in a large tupperware type container.
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Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 12:42pm
Also, EBM doesnt stay as long in a fridge freezer as it does a deep freeze. EBM in a deep freeze is good for 6-12 months but in the freezer its less than 6 months. Just an FYI.

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 12:23pm

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 10:56am

Also, if you start pumping more than 6oz from one side, you can get the 8-9oz bottles from Gerber and the threads fit on the horns for the medela pumps. I know it sounds like a lot, but I was actually getting up to 6oz on the left and 8oz on the right in one sitting when I was EPing for the twins. Those little 6oz bottles that come w/ the pump just weren't doing it. Plus, those colored Gerber bottles are super cheap, like $6 for 3 of them.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
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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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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Registered: 04-22-2006
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: 11-01-2005
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 - 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.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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