Cheapest Way to Store Breast Milk
I BF my daughters for only 4 months each and am determined to go until at least a year with this one.
Nursing has always been extremely difficult for me, but I will at least pump what my baby needs if I dont feed directly from the breast.
I have bought Playtex bottles (the drop-in liner ones) and am looking for the easiest and cheapest way to store milk. I’ve read about people freezing it in ice cube trays, but that seems like a lot of transferring to me. I’m on the fence between an Ameda or Medela pump, so not sure about that, yet. I know the Gerber/Nuk bags are cheaper than some others, but can you pump directly into those or are they too thick? Ideally, I’d like to pump, store and feed from the same bag.
I breastfed directly when at home and while at work, would pump into the Medela bottles that came with my pump and just store the milk in the Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags.
The Lansinoh bags (for me at least) worked a lot better than other bags. The Medela bags tore too easily and then would leak. The Gerber bags leaked from no apparent hole, but always seemed leaky.
I would pump and store 2-3 oz per bag and just date them and line them up in the freezer, using the oldest milk bags first when I wanted to reheat them under warm running water or a bowl of warm water. Once thawed, I could pour into whatever bottle I wanted. Usually I wasn’t doing all of this in one day because I’d be feeding pumped milk that had been stored for however long, so it didn’t feel like much work at all.