(Closed) Freezing/Storing Milk

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

This is just what I would probably do: I would use what you’ve already stored in your side-by-side fridge/freezer and everything new you pump, just put directly into the deep freeze for longer storage.  It’s probably just safer that way but I’m not an expert. 

I put the bags straight into the freezer.  With the lansinoh bags they freeze flat very well.  What I’ve heard of and think works well is get a small gift bag and cut a slit out of one side at the base.  Then you can store the milk bags on top of each other in the gift bag in the freezer and the oldest milk is on bottom.  The slit in the bag allows you to take the oldest milk out first without disturbing all the other milk.  Think of it like an upside down Pez dispenser.  Explanation with video.

I’d suggest you gauge how much your LO takes in an individual bottle (mine was taking 3 oz bottles but he takes 4 oz now) and pump that into your bags when you can.  If you pump more or less sometimes, it is no big deal (I’m not consistent on my production since stress at work really affects me) since when you prepare bottles you can add bags together to get what you need prepped for that day.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We actually don’t use an ice pack system in our diaper bag right now.  The only time we use it is to daycare which is about a 30 minute drive.  We thaw the milk the night before in the fridge and then pour into bottles that morning.  The bottles are put back into the fridge until I am ready to leave the house so the drive to daycare isn’t long enough to allow the milk to get warm (the side pockets in my jujube bag are insulated).  At daycare the milk goes straight into their fridge.  I know this won’t always be the case and I’ll have to explore options in the future.  I did buy a little insulated bag with gel packs marketed specifically for bottles but because my bottles are the BornFree glass bottles, it only fit 2 instead of the 3 it said it would fit so I returned it. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I freeze my milk in the regular freezer in 2-ounce portions. My daughter is almost 5-weeks, but is fickle with her eating, so I don’t wanna waste any milk. I can always thaw more if needed. I pump and pour into Lanisoh bags. Lay the milk flat to save room in the freezer. I also use this gadget to organize the milk (use oldest first): http://www.amazon.com/First-Years-Milk-Storage-Organizer/dp/tags-on-product/B000K4YSVI

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@Sulli301:  Not in my opinion.  The Lansinoh bag (as well as the Medela bags) all have double zippers to prevent any leaks from occurring.  I use a batter bowl (got mine at Target) and fill it about 1/2 way with cool water (I don’t want the milk to get hot since I’m usually prepping bottles to go to daycare rather than be used right away) and let the bag sit in the measuring cup about 10 minutes.  As the milk thaws, it moves down to the bottom of the bag.  Once thawed, just shake the bag up to mix well and pour the bag into your bottle(s).  I’ve never had any worries about spilling or leaking using that method. 

Also, you can always fill your sink with warm water (or cool water as the case may be) and drop the bag of frozen milk in.  The double zipper keeps water out and milk in without issue.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

@Sulli: After you pump, pour the milk into the Lansinoh bag (or whatever bags you’re using). Then lay it flat on top of an ice cube tray, (or better yet, on the top of the First Years Milk Storage Organizer). There’s a double zipper on the Lansinoh bags, so you don’t have to worry about leakage. When it’s frozen solid, transfer the bag to the organizer. Because you froze it flat, the bags are more compact and the organizer can fit a lot! It’s spring loaded, so you just keep putting the newer milk in the back (so the oldest gets used first). You can definitely freeze everything without the organizer, but it’s relatively cheap and super handy (in my opinion). Why not make life easier, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

@Sulli: I’m not sure exactly how many fit because I just started freezing my milk over the past two weeks. (Until then, I was just pumping a few extra bottles for the fridge in case I needed a little break from breastfeeding.) I currently have about 10 super thin (2-ounce) bags in there and the organizer is about a third of the way full. But you can also store bags in the lid too. I think the capacity depends on how much milk is in your bags, as that will determine the thickness.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

PS: Good for you for having 50+ bags! Wow! I wish I had that stockpile already! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I like that (free) gift bag idea but that storganizer is cool too.

I pump 4 oz and store it flat. When I first heard of that idea, I was amazed…like why didn’t I think of that. (Genius!)

Another free way to organize the bags is to put them in bigger sized ziplocs by month. Then you just rotate/ use up the ones from the oldest month. I do not have much to store these days so I gotta get back in the mood to pump before I go back to work in a month. Boohoo.  Thanks for the motivation. 50+ Bags…smart girl!!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Pelikila: thats what i did. i didnt do the gift bag thin i put them in the ice bucket that goes in the door. it kept them flat and organized and standing up so i could see the dates (i wrote them on the top tab of the bag)

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