Sunday, September 9, 2012

Breastfeeding: Storage part deux

I've had a few people mention another breast milk storage method. Most mamas use the breastmilk storage bag method. But a few don't freeze flat. Here's a trick to maximize your storage of breast milk in your freezer. I have some milk stored in this fashion; however, I prefer my ice-cube method best. The reason I prefer it is I can store many ounces in one bag and there's less garbage waste. I'm a tree hugger, what can I say?

One of my girlfriends took some pictures for me of her milk storage method for me to share with you all. Many moms utilize this method once their babies are taking larger quantities of milk.

She lays each breastmilk storage bag individually inside a box of baby wipes. The reason she uses the baby wipes box is to give them a flat surface which to be stored in while they are freezing.



See how thin they end up being once frozen?

She dates and times them. This is much more detailed and precise than my method; however, many people believe the composition of milk adjusts throughout the day. I know of a few women who label if they had caffeine in the past 24 hours as well, since some babies have an extreme sensitivity to caffeine. Anyhow, since Little Miss A was in nursery school, I couldn't specify which bottles were given when, so time of day wasn't a huge factor for me. Also, when I stored my milk, I would mix the entire day's milk together and separate it out at the end of the day.


Here's her freezer


When we received donor milk during the period of time my supply decreased due to thrush, my donor used the baggie method as well. I stacked them in my freezer sideways. I cannot find a picture to show you, but it looked like a file cabinet when I opened the top.

Do you guys have any other methods of breast milk storage? What do you do?

16 comments:

  1. I just started putting mine upright in a little storage container, it sounds like the same method you used to store the donor milk. I can fit much more bags in the upright position. If you want a pic to see I believe I have one. :)

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  2. I did this! It made storage so much easier

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    1. Even laying them upright like a "filing" system would save some great space!

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  3. These people always help you to estimate the size of the unit you will need for your items. They are friendly and trustworthy and provides great advice about storing and moving items

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the views!

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  4. This is so great I love all the tips. More than anything I love that there are still Mothers that believe in breast feeding. My children are grown now but I do have several grand kids and I know having spare milk in the freezer is always an issue so I am def. going to pass this one. Thank you for some great and useful info

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  5. I WISH MORE MOMS WOULD BREAST FEED THEIR NEW BABIES. IT IS SO, SO GOOD FOR THE BABY. DID YOU KNOW IT ALSO CAUSES THE UTERUS TO CONTRACT EACH TIME YOU FEED THE BABY? MAKES GETTING THAT BABY BELLY FAT GONE EVEN QUICKERq

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  6. Honestly I've never thought of this before, what great ideas!

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  7. these are all wonderful ideas, its amazing because when i breast fed I would sometimes have to freeze to feed because sometimes i was just to sore ,, i use to feel a bit weird like i wasn't doing something right but then i got over it ;) thanks for sharing.. @tisonlyme143

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  8. Great idea will have to pass this on to my daughter-in-law.

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  9. This is so organized. I like the idea of using a baby wipe container and being able to mark the dates. Very clever way to reuse.

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  10. this is very organized, even though i've had 3 kids, i still think i need some tips! thanks for sharing!

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  11. i love how organized this is, great storage bags.. thanks for share :) @tisonlyme143

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  12. I love that idea, I alway used snappy bottles or medela bottles.

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