Storage BAGS or BOTTLES...?

Conni - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Which is better for freezer storage of breastmilk? Any pro's and con's of both bags and bottles are welcome!

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Kerry - posted on 10/06/2009

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I'm from australia so I'm not sure if you have them, but I used the Avent breastmilk storage cups. They are the best and i still use them for my babys food. they are reuseable and i've had mine for 2 years. the lids are stackable too and very watertight.

Carla - posted on 10/07/2009

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I have the avent storage cups too but only use them to store milk in the fridge as they are very bulky. I use the bags, but my little man doesnt like bottles so when I pump its mostly for NICU, they provide me with small sterile bottles. For thinning his food I put the milk into an ice cube tray, then put it into a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Once it is frozen I pop out the cubes and put them into a freezer bag and write the date on. I then have a cube of milk and I can thaw as much as I need to add to his meals. I use the same method for freezing veggies and fruits for his meals. Then I can mix up whichever combo of food/milk I want and theres no waste as its a handy size.

Jennifer - posted on 10/04/2009

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I always used bags and didn't have any problems. I do suggest however, that when you pull them out of the freezer to warm them up that you don't use too hot of water. For some reason that caused a leak in the bag and we wasted some of the milk.

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Carla - posted on 10/07/2009

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Quoting Conni:

I didnt think you were supposed to warm breastmilk in the microwave...? something about losing important nutrients.


Thats what I thought too.



 



You can also buy ice trays especially for milk that freezes the milk in 1oz sticks that can be put easily into a bottle and thawed. You just put in as much as you need. These come with lids as well. I would invest in these if I thought my son would take a bottle, as it would be cheaper than buying bags all the time and it would take up less space than a bottle.

Lucy - posted on 10/06/2009

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I use the lansinoh bags, they are already sterile so no faffign there and i find they take up less space in my freezer than bottles.

Conni - posted on 10/05/2009

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I didnt think you were supposed to warm breastmilk in the microwave...? something about losing important nutrients. But YES I do use the playtex drop ins and I hadnt even THHOUGHT about the fact that you could put the freezer bags directly into the playtex bottle...DUH...that's ingenious actually! The storage system for the playtex is really expensive like you pointed out...so I'm not going to be able to go that route. Thanks for info and suggestions though!

Sara - posted on 10/04/2009

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I did bags with my first. Loved the bags. We used Playtex drop ins with the wide nipple. So most bags fit right into the holder. Also much easier to trasnport and store in the freeze, less space. I used the shoe box size plastic storage bins from walmart to keep them in, after the were frozen solid in the breast milk storage holder you can buy at BRU.

I had many friends with toddlers while I was pumping with my first. I used plactic bottles for a bit. I had a few medela bottles, and several of the similac sterile storage bottles from the hospital. But I needed more. I found the Gerber 4 oz juice bottles to be perfect. Which is where the friends with toddlers came in. They were buying the juice already so I had them save me the bottles. I'd run them through the dishwasher and then boil them. It would remove the adhesive off too. They connected to the medela pump. The ones that have the veggie juice would stain the plastic, so I would throw them out.

But they got to bulky in the freezer. Plus the nipples that attached to the bottles were the small narrow ones, so I ended up having to transfer the milk into a drop in bag anyways. It is going to be trial and error. Obtain a few of each and see what you like.

Currently with my second, I am pumping directly into the playtex drop in bags and using the playtex storage tops. I like them a lot. However, they are very expensive, and I would not have purchased them on my own. A very trusted girl friend gave me about 50 sets to use, I just sterilized them. But they are great, if cost isn't an issue and it is the type of bottle you use.

Another plus for bottles. After the milk is thawed, it can be warmed in the microwave (yes, against APA suggestions, it does creat hot spots. It's faster, and I swirl really good.) But, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, place any bags in the microwave. I tried this once, thinking it was b/c of the whole hotspot thing being the reason the box and bag said "DO NOT MICROWAVE". Wrong! The playtex bags melt in like 4 secs. Leaving you with a mess! Live and learn!

BethAnn - posted on 10/04/2009

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i have been using the lansinoh bags and they lay flat and stack in back of my freezer just fine. they save space this way and are easy to read

Chelseaszidik - posted on 10/04/2009

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Bags are soooooo much cheaper! The medela ones were my favorites.

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