Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Breast Milk Storage

Posted by 6 years ago 57 Comments

I’m taking a slight detour from my normal food musings to share a quick tip for fellow nursing moms.

I already had a video outlining my approach to store breast milk but it was long and didn’t really need to be. So Little Bean and I set up the camera and I ran through the idea real quick.

Below the video is the step the step instructions and if you have a spare 7 minutes you can click here to watch the original. I’m learning to get to the point much faster these days. :)

The idea here is simple.. use a regular old gift bag and your standard breast milk storage bags to create an easy system to store and retrieve your frozen breast milk.

Supplies Needed

Supplies for the Breast Milk Storage Technique

  • Breast milk bags
    (like Lansinoh Breast milk Storage Bags)
  • A gift bag large just large enough to fit
    the breast milk bag
    (most standard size ones work)
  • a pair of scissors
  • scotch tape

The Set Up

Step 1. Make sure a breast milk storage bag frozen with milk will lay flat in the gift bag.

Fill the breast milk bag with milk and lay it flat in your freezer. Once frozen, attempt to lay the flattened bag of milk on the bottom of the gift bag. If it just fits and lays flat, you are good to go!

Note: The label portion of the bag, above the ziplock (the part without milk) may be squished on the side of the bag, that’s OK! As long as the frozen milk part can lay flat.

Now that you know the breast milk can fit in your bag, remove it and return it to the freezer.

Step 2. Cut a dispensing slit on the bottom of the gift bag

Using the scissors cut a slit on the side of the gift bag just high enough where a frozen breast milk bag can be pulled out. Use the scotch tape to protect the edges of the slot.

Lay your frozen breast milk bags in the gift bag where the label portion can be seen through the slot.

Cut 1 in gift bagcut 2 in gift bag

Step 3. Store away!

Now the gift bag can be used to not only store your breast milk that is frozen flat but it also acts as a dispenser allowing you to use the older milk first.

You now have a simple breast milk storage dispenser for your freezer! The best part is, the milk is stored flat for fast defrosting.

Finished Breast Milk DispenserFinished breast milk dispenser in freezer

Hope you find the trick useful.
If you have any questions or tips you want to share please leave a comment

Storage Guidelines (from LLL)

All milk should be dated before storing. Storing milk in 2-4 ounce amounts may reduce waste. Refrigerated milk has more anti-infective properties than frozen milk. Cool fresh milk in the refrigerator before adding it to previously frozen milk.

Preferably, human milk should be refrigerated or chilled right after it is expressed. Acceptable guidelines for storing human milk are as follows. Store milk:

  • at room temperature for 4 hours (ideal), up to 6 hours (acceptable) (Some sources use 8 hours)
  • in a refrigerator for 72 hours (ideal); up to 8 days (acceptable)
  • in a freezer for 6 months (ideal) up to 12 months (acceptable)

See other recipes using: breastmilk

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    March 21, 2014

    Thanks for the great idea! I had pinned it when pregnancy and put a similar concept in effect in our freezer. I linked to your idea on my post as the inspiration: First Time Mom Advice: Tips for Breastfeeding and Changing Baby


      March 21, 2014

      duh when pregnant. sorry for the grammar error! :)


    April 4, 2014

    This is fabulous! Thank you!


    January 30, 2015

    Thank you SO much for sharing this. My freezer is completely full and I was beginning to get desperate for ideas on how to fix it, with the added worry of 'Wait.. which bag needed to be used next??" Money is tight with the new one and I can barely afford the bags, let alone a dispenser dealio too! This fixed everything! And I already had the bags from the gifts I had received from the baby shower! Thank you a million!