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