Breast milk storage

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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What is best and most cost efficient for breast milk storage for the freezer? Has anyone tried the Avent storage cups? If so how many times can they be reused?

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Rachael - posted on 03/14/2009

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I love the First Years storage bags because the plastic is thick enough to stand up in the fridge and there's a pour spout. My husband especially likes that feature b/c breastmilk completely freaks him out and he would wig out if any got on him. When I put them in the freezer, I lay them flat and when they're frozen I line them up in an old shoe box or the door of the freezer. It saves a ton of room and keeps your freezer organized.

Teresa - posted on 03/14/2009

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I used the Avent storage cups. They're great! And I used them each at least 4 times (putting them in the dishwasher between uses, of course). I just stored them away to use with the next baby. I also used the small 4 oz. Glad containers. They worked just as good (size wise) and they're only a couple bucks for 8, rather than almost $10. I would write the date the milk was pumped on the container and then threw it in the freezer!

Carla - posted on 03/14/2009

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The most convenient for me are the storage bags! I have tried the cups but I don't care for them. It seems like it takes longer to thaw out.

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Teresa - posted on 03/19/2009

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I got and really liked the double pump by Lansiloh.  It's only about $160 and for me it worked great!

Robin - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:



Quoting Odette:




I have Pump-in-Style Advanced Backpack. It works really well for me...









That is the one I am looking at but at $500 I don't know if I can do it. Have you heard much about the mini electic double medela pump? I want to pump up to two times a day for the next 3-4 months (and if we have another child down the line).





I have the Medela Freestyle.  I don't know if that's the one you were talking about.  It's a small, rechargable, double pump.   It has a hands-free option but I've not really been able to use it that way as I have larger breasts and need more support.  Nonetheless, I like it alot as it's effective and easy to transport.  It was also about $280 which I got from an on-line company.

Odette - posted on 03/19/2009

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The Medela Pump-in-Style backpack should be about $275 only. Go on the la leche league website to get one with a promotion so it's cheaper! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2009

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this may sound crazy but my sister in law and I store it in ice cube trays. Each ice cube is 1 oz and at the end of each day I remove the "boob cubes" and label a bag with the date so i know which ones to use first. It is easy and pretty accurate when making a bottle. Hope this helps:)

Avi - posted on 03/15/2009

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The Avent via cups are great and can be reused. Also can be attached to a connector and then to a teat for feeding. I used bags before but when pouring from bag to bottle, you loose a little bit of milk. But I admit the cups are harder to thaw the milk when needing the milk quickly.

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2009

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Quoting Odette:



I have Pump-in-Style Advanced Backpack. It works really well for me...





That is the one I am looking at but at $500 I don't know if I can do it. Have you heard much about the mini electic double medela pump? I want to pump up to two times a day for the next 3-4 months (and if we have another child down the line).

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2009

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Quoting Odette:



I use medela bottles bec. they are compatible with my pump. The bags get to be expensive over time. They also pop at times if you put too much or if you drop it by accident.





Which medela pump do you have? I am so confused about which one to get :)

Odette - posted on 03/14/2009

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I use medela bottles bec. they are compatible with my pump. The bags get to be expensive over time. They also pop at times if you put too much or if you drop it by accident.

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