Breast Milk Collection, Storage, and Freezing
If your breastfeeding goals include continuing to breastfeed after you return to work, or feeding from a bottle on occasion, finding simple and convenient ways to collect, store and freeze breast milk is a must. Breast milk is a precious commodity, after all, and you won’t want to waste a drop.
Guidelines for Storing and Thawing Breast Milk
Room Temperature: 4-6 hours at 66-78 degrees F (19 – 26 deg C) Cooler with 3 Frozen Ice Packs: 24 hours at 59 deg F (15 deg C) Refrigerator: Up to 8 days at 39 deg F or lower (4 deg C) Freezer: Up to 12 months at 4 deg F or lower (-18 deg C)
Products to Aid with Collection, Storage, and Freezing
Milkies by Fairhaven Health is a line of innovative breastfeeding products created for moms, by moms. Included in this product line are three products that take the hassle out of milk collection, storage, and freezing – the Milk-Saver, the Freeze, and Milk-Trays.
The Milk-Saver, Save Every Drop
The Milk-Saver is a one-of-a-kind product that collects leaking milk while you nurse, allowing you to collect extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. The Milk-Saver slips into your bra or tank and attaches to the nipple, allowing the reservoir to collect any drips and leaks. The Milk-Saver holds up to two ounces of milk at a time. The milk can then be poured directly from the Milk-Saver into a bottle or storage container. Made from food grade plastic, the patented Milk-Saver contains no BPA or phthalates and has been rigorously tested to ensure zero chemical leaching. For some moms, using the Milk-Saver allows them to collect enough breast milk to meet their bottle-feeding needs, saving the time that would otherwise be needed to pump.
Into the Freezer
In many cases, the milk you collect will be headed straight for the freezer to be frozen, and then thawed and reheated for your baby at a later date. Keeping frozen breast milk organized is challenging, and too often parents find themselves digging through the freezer to locate buried bags of breast milk. With its compact, space-saving design, the Freeze provides a solution to breast milk storage problems. The Freeze is a “first in, first out” storage system that fits in your freezer. Collect your breast milk in any storage bag, and lay it flat on the metal “quick freeze” tray. Once the milk is frozen, slip the bag into the top slot of the Freeze – your bags of breast milk will be kept confined and protected until you are ready to use them. When you need to reheat some milk, pull a bag from the bottom of the freeze – this ensures you will use the oldest milk first.
A Must-Have for Pumping Moms
If you’d prefer to not freeze breast milk in bags, Milk Trays provide an alternate way to freeze your milk. Milk Trays are similar to ice trays but are designed specifically from freezing breast milk and are made from PET plastic, a food-safe plastic that contains no BPA or phthalates. Milk Trays freeze your milk into convenient 1-ounce “milk sticks” that fit through all bottle openings, which allows you the flexibility to reheat only the amount you need for each bottle feeding. Freezing milk in the 1-ounce cavities in the trays also means that the milk will freeze quickly and then thaw quickly when reheated, resulting in a minimal nutrient loss from your milk due to freezing and reheating. For more information about these and other Milkies products, visit the Milkies section at Fairhaven Health.