Best Breast Milk Storage Bags?

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Best Breast Milk Storage Bags?

Hey ladies! This time I am definitely going to try and breastfeed longer than the week that I did with DS. I have been reading up on a few reviews about breast milk storage bags and am kinda confused. So....if you pumped and stored milk for your LO, what kind of storage bags did you use for your breast milk? I'd appreciate it if you could list pros and cons of the storage bags you used. For sure, for the first 6 weeks, I'll be exclusively breast-feeding, but I am sure I'll be going back to work after that time.

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I personally used ice cube trays much easier I would put 1 ounce in each cube and freeze it then you can just pop however many you need into the bottle and it works like a charm. Once they are frozen I would store them in a freezer zip lock bag.

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"AleyFamily08" wrote:

I personally used ice cube trays much easier I would put 1 ounce in each cube and freeze it then you can just pop however many you need into the bottle and it works like a charm. Once they are frozen I would store them in a freezer zip lock bag.

That is an awesome idea!

I never used storage bags. Although I breast fed, pumped, and used formula. With DD1 I only breast fed once a day and pumped a few times for about 6 weeks, then I forgot to pump one day and my supply was gone! With DD2 I breast fed for about 2 1/2 months and stopped because DH went off to boot camp and got depressed (plus living with his brother made me uncomfortable to do that since he would make jokes about my breasts...creepy lol). But whenever I pumped, it would only be enough for the next day so I never stored any in the freezer.

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not trying to high jack the thread.

What I would do when I was breast feeding is pump on one side while nursing on the other then I was able to feed the baby and have another serving ready for another time. Worked out great for me. I think it sorta doubled my supply

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When it comes to breastmilk, supply=demand so the more you breastfeed or pump, the more you make. Check out kellymom.com. This site has GREAT info on all things breastfeeding. Here is a link to their BM storage info. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html#storage

I used Medela storage bags because I have a Medela pump. But others are good too. And even if you are exclusively breastfeeding, you can still pump after you nurse or in between feedings. After you go back to work, you can pump at work and continue to breastfeed before and after work. Many moms do and very successfully. Breastfeeding in general requires determination, but if it is something you want to do, you can and you can do it while working. The have to provide you a private place to pump.

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I LOVED the Lansinoh ones - ESPECIALLY because I had previously been using ones that fold down. The Lansinoh ones have a GOOD zip-top, and area that is textured for writing the date on the outside. I also LOVED the fact that their shape made them VERY easy to freeze flat, then move to a vertical position in the freezer, It's been a while for me, so I imagine they probably have several options with the same design. Overall, I think that brand REALLY has their nursing needs perfected.

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Thank you so much for the insight ladies! I know it is early still, but I definitely want to give breastfeeding/pumping a go this time around.

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I liked the lansinoh bags too, but ended up doing the ice cube thing because it was cheaper and you could defrost a small amount at a time (once you defrost the frozen milk, you have to use it all and quickly).

Good luck!

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I breastfed and pumped for 7 months with DD. I also loved the Lansinoh bags. They were cheaper than the madela brand and were easy to freeze flat (great for when you need to thaw!). They were easy to fill from the pump bottles, you could easily get all the air out, and zipped really well. I'm definately going to use them again.

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I used Lansinoh as well and LOVED them. Once I tried the Gerber ones because they were on sale but ended up using them as snack bags for Lexi because I HATED them! I love the ice cube idea and think I'm going to try that this time around!!! GREAT idea!

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Thank you so much ladies for the feedback! I think I will be going with the Lansinoh storage bags for sure. Any bottle suggestions? I will try to do boob only for the first 6 weeks, but depending on when I return to work, I know I will have to use a bottle at times. Is there a particular brand that works best for babies going between breast & bottle?

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I don't have a bottle suggestion, but I would avoid Avent. I had the hardest time with those things leaking. While I would have LOVED to switch brands, we had way too much money invested in those to switch. I'm hoping to try something different this time.

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"Jeffininer" wrote:

I don't have a bottle suggestion, but I would avoid Avent. I had the hardest time with those things leaking. While I would have LOVED to switch brands, we had way too much money invested in those to switch. I'm hoping to try something different this time.

Really? We loved the Avent bottles. Were you using the standard wide-mouth top ones? I loved that these have the ability to vent air (like the Dr. Brown's brand) but without the many extra pieces. It's been a while for me, so my personal preference might drastically change, but the most important thing to me was having the larger nipple base & more boob-shaped nipple, so it is more like nursing. I know the BPA drama was happening right when I was using the bottles, so I'll definitely be avoiding poisonous BPA.

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"mommyof1.5" wrote:

Really? We loved the Avent bottles. Were you using the standard wide-mouth top ones? I loved that these have the ability to vent air (like the Dr. Brown's brand) but without the many extra pieces. It's been a while for me, so my personal preference might drastically change, but the most important thing to me was having the larger nipple base & more boob-shaped nipple, so it is more like nursing. I know the BPA drama was happening right when I was using the bottles, so I'll definitely be avoiding poisonous BPA.

These were the ones we used. And we originally got the ones with BPA, but babies r us let us trade them out for BPA free ones right at the beginning. That was a nice little perk!

And it seemed I was able to use them so they wouldn't leak, but DH and daycare had a heck of a time trying to keep them from leaking everywhere! I haven't even thought about looking at brands and types yet...maybe I should start soon.

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Okay, I think I will have to do a little research on bottle types and brands. I did notice that the Avent bottles only had 3 out of 5 stars. Some people mentioned them leaking, but I haven't heard about them being a leaky bottle. Glad I have some time to look into things. Thank you for the suggestions though.

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We've had sucess with Doctor Brown's bottles, more with DS1 than DS2, and have never had nipple confusion or leaking issues.

I'll be honest and say that I am not a big fan of the milk storage bags. I never really had a problem the 1st time I used them but this time they are killing me. Every time I defrost any milk in the bag, it totally leaks and I loose 1/2 of the milk. We are using our deep freezer this time and I don't know if its causing the bags to get holes or tear when they rub together or shift. I've tried loads of brands and stopped using them a while back. Instead I'm using a load of Medela, Ameda, and other milk storage containers like you collect the milk when while using your pump. Its more pricey but I've had much better luck with these. I have about 300oz stored like this right now in close to 50 bottles.

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I used Medela bags and I also have a tray that holds the bags and will freeze them flat standing up, which I loved. That way I didn't have bags of milk all over the freezer.

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Thank you ladies! This was all very helpful! Do you think if I purchased a mini fridge, that the freezer part in there would do a good job with freezing the milk? I am thinking about getting one because our refrigerator and freezer are almost always packed full of food!

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I don't know if I would trust a mini fridge with freezing milk unless you were planning on using it with a week or two. I just don't know if it can maintain the amount of coldness needed to keep the milk really frozen and fresh. We bought a 1/2 size chest freezer a few years ago (for only like $100 at Home Depot) that worked way better for extra frozen food storage.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

I don't know if I would trust a mini fridge with freezing milk unless you were planning on using it with a week or two. I just don't know if it can maintain the amount of coldness needed to keep the milk really frozen and fresh. We bought a 1/2 size chest freezer a few years ago (for only like $100 at Home Depot) that worked way better for extra frozen food storage.

This! And if you use a refridgerator freezer the milk is only good for 6 months, but if you use a deep freezer it's good for 12 months! If you are going to buy something, make it the deep freezer. We have a small one that we bought several years ago. I plan to use it this time around for BM storage so that I don't fill up our freezer with BM again.

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Thanks ladies! Sounds like a good idea. I will definitely be looking into some deep freezers and comparing prices.