Breast Milk Storage

 

If you are breast feeding your baby and need to store some milk for them for those occasions when you aren't around and someone else needs to feed your baby then you may wonder what you should store your breast milk in and how you should store it. The most popular way is to use Breast Milk Storage Containers, and the popular branded on is Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, or any other Breast Milk Storage Bags would do.

In order to express the milk you will need a breast pump. These often come with bottles so that you can express the milk into those to save it for later. These are fine if you are going to use the milk later the same day, you can simply put a lid on the bottle and store it in the fridge.

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Breast Milk Storage

 

However, you often will want to cater for long term breast milk storage. You may need to keep the milk for a couple of days or even longer, and a bottle isn't the ideal storage container for that. However, there are a lot of different choices.
 

Storage Of Breast Milk


In theory you can use any container you like. You can use small plastic pots with lids to store small amounts of milk, although it would be advised to sterilise them first. However, you will want to be sure that they are BPA free so that harmful chemicals won't come through the plastic into your babies milk. There are specific containers sold for you as well. You can buy disposable pots with lids that can be used several times and then thrown away to keep your milk either in the fridge or freezer (just remember the milk will expand when frozen so don't fill them right to the top). You can also get plastic bags to put the milk in. These are useful as they don't take up too much space to store before you put the milk into them, and can easily be put into the freezer or fridge. They are cheaper than buying lots of pots or bottles but do have the disadvantage of being worse for the environment.

So there are plenty of options when it comes to breastmilk storage, you just need to decide which type will suit you best.