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Your favorite breast milk storage solution? user banned
11th Jul '13

I wasn't even sure where the hell to put this but here goes...



I've exclusively pumped with all 5 of my kids now. I end up with such a supply that I need to clear out a deep freeze and I always end up donating to a milk bank. Right now I have those awesome sterile specimen cups from the NICU but he'll be coming home soon. My problem is in the past I used the Lansinoh bags and if they get accidentally smacked together or dropped they leak when you're defrosting. So...what's your fav way to store breast milk?

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
11th Jul '13

Ice cube trays. Pop them out into freezer bags. Then you know exactly how many oz you're takin out and you can do as much or as little as you like without wasting.

user banned 21 kids; North Dakota 3800 posts
11th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" Ice cube trays. Pop them out into freezer bags. Then you know exactly how many oz you're takin out and you can do as much or as little as you like without wasting."</blockquote>



:shock: why did I not think of this before??



Couple questions:



Do the cubes stick together?



How many oz are in each cube? I'm going to assume 1?

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
11th Jul '13

i used up & up storage bags, and i laid them flat and stacked them in a paper bag, cut the bottom of the bag, and pull out one or however many you need. always add new ones to the top, and then you'll always be using the older milk first.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
11th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *Mayhem*:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" Ice cube trays. Pop them out into freezer bags. ... [snip!] ... of this before?? Couple questions: Do the cubes stick together? How many oz are in each cube? I'm going to assume 1?"</blockquote>



I think if they're the full size try's it should be one. I used to have these cheap dinky trays and I'm almost positive there's no way they were an oz. they shouldn't stick together. They're frozen when you put them in. Unless they got thawed a little somehow. Make sure all the air is out of the bag that will help.

ChristinaLynne Due October 7; 2 kids; Crockett, Tx, United States 26724 posts
status 11th Jul '13

I've used so many brands of bags because of donor milk. They all can puncture and leak. Laying them flat to freeze help. Also don't squish them when they are thawing. You will punch a hole

user banned 21 kids; North Dakota 3800 posts
11th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting JiLLiAN.:</b>" i used up & up storage bags, and i laid them flat and stacked them in a paper bag, cut the bottom ... [snip!] ... pull out one or however many you need. always add new ones to the top, and then you'll always be using the older milk first."</blockquote>



This is a good idea, too!

user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
11th Jul '13
Quoting *Mayhem*:" <blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" Ice cube trays. Pop them out into freezer bags. ... [snip!] ... of this before?? Couple questions: Do the cubes stick together? How many oz are in each cube? I'm going to assume 1?"


typically 1 oz, if completely frozen they don't stick. I usually cover the tray with saran wrap, to keep anything from getting in/on the tray while freezing.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3231 posts
11th Jul '13

I just lay my bags flat to freeze them, and only rarely have a leaker. I also just set the bag into a clean tupperware to defrost, so that if it does leak, it's still clean and I can just pour it from the tupperware into his sippy.

*beck-i* {JAS08} 3 kids; Prattsburgh, New York 4778 posts
11th Jul '13
Quoting JiLLiAN.:" i used up & up storage bags, and i laid them flat and stacked them in a paper bag, cut the bottom ... [snip!] ... pull out one or however many you need. always add new ones to the top, and then you'll always be using the older milk first."


I did the same thing and will do the same thing again... always froze them flat and very rarely had a leaker and I used Lansinoh... I used dollar tree gift bags for storage though haha paper bags were too boring for me :-)

Jae- DJ Jordyn & Cams Mom 3 kids; San Diego, California 5928 posts
11th Jul '13

The lansilin bags leaked like crazy for me- I always use the Gerber NUK they're cheap and have never leaked on me. I also have a first year milk storage container the stores them oldest to newest with a spring loaded back do they freeze flat.

♥ Jen ♥ Due May 6; 4 kids; Shawnee, Kansas 9004 posts
12th Jul '13

I used this first years to freeze them flat. It worked great with all bags. Never had a leaking issues when I froze them in this.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000K4YSVI/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?qid=1373652693&sr=8-6π=SL75

Jae- DJ Jordyn & Cams Mom 3 kids; San Diego, California 5928 posts
13th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jen S&C Momma:</b>" I used this first years to freeze them flat. It worked great with all bags. Never had a leaking issues ... [snip!] ... issues when I froze them in this. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000K4YSVI/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?qid=1373652693&sr=8-6π=SL75"</blockquote>




Yup that's exactly what I have ;) they sell it at Target too. Lansolin bags leaked on me more then one occasion