As you will realize soon, you are not a machine that can produce milk at will all the time. There are occasions when you could pump more and there are other points when you just will not have the energy to do it. Not to mention the fact that breastfeeding all the time means that your husband is not able to contribute in feeding the baby. A simple process of storing the milk ensures that milk is available even when you are not able to pump out more and even if you personally are not available to feed the baby. We will be talking some of the storage bottles that you can use.
A few things to remember
- Milk can be stored in a refrigerator for upto 5 days and for several months in freezer.
- There are several issues with storing the milk in simple bottles(contamination, spoilage etc.). What you need is a solution that is easy to use, is sterilized and BPA free. Above all it should be easy to store in a fridge without taking too much space. Milk storage bags are the best option.
- It will take some practice before you start comfortable with the storage bags, so make sure you give it some days and do not fill to the brim.
- Note that these are disposable and so I would not recommend reusing them under any circumstances.
- Here are some things to consider while choosing your storage bag
- Should not leak – So test a few to make sure that this does not happen.
- Should be easy store
- Should be easy to pour
- Should stand
BEST BUT MOST EXPENSIVE SOLUTION
- Kiinde Breast Milk Storage Twist Pouch –Pack of 80 comes for $25 or around 32 cents per pouch. This would be considered too expensive but just look at the other benefits here.
- Easy-to use screw-top bags, which can be twisted on to any breast pump in avoiding any kind of manipulation you might have to do with other bags which can result in leaks.
- Ability to transform the bag into a bottle with just a cover and a nipple – which will save you hours of time spent washing bottles.
- Spout makes pouring much easier. Not a chance of spill under any circumstances.
- Too expensive if you are pumping lots of milk.
- Not the best storage shelf that I have seen.
Accesories you need to buy
- Direct-pump Adapters for Kiinde Twist Pouch Breastmilk Storage Pouches
- Kiinde 2 Piece Twist Squeeze Bottle
My recommendations in that order
- NUK Seal N Go Breast Milk Bags -$15 for 100 bags
- Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags -$13.88 for 100 bags
Dr Brown’s is just as good as NUK but they are definitely more expensive. If you are paying more – might as well go for Kiinde. Unless you are a fan of Dr Browns and are willing to pay more.
Here are some pros and cons of each
- Best quality bag at this price point
- Double zippered bag prevents leakage when thawing
- Space at the top of bag to write date of pumping so you can organize accordingly
- Bag is self standing which is a plus but it also means that you can store very less if you want to store it lying down
- Cheapest and most popular on amazon
- If you are storing(freezing) lying down with just 3 oz this would be the best solution as they take up less volume.
- Spout is most convenient to pour milk- among the budget bags
- Plastic is less thick than NUK so leaks are common
- They don’t stand up well which makes it more difficult to pour milk into them.
Best Storage organizer
The First Years Breastflow Milk Storage Organizer – This is the best storage organizer that I found – the other brands also have organizers but they simply are not as good as this one.
Some of the features that I really liked
- Spring-loaded drawer freezes milk flat and pushes it up front
- Load the rack from the back for “first-in, first out” storage
- Cover included to keep breast milk isolated from other items in the freezer, and can be used to hold bags for extra storage
- Works with most brands of milk storage bags
- Maximizes space by freezing milk flat
To end, here are some guidelines for breast milk storage from www.medelabreastfeedingus.com