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Whether you’re pumping at home or at work, there are several ways you can store your milk. The most important factors in milk storage are ultimately how and when it will be used.
Storage Bags Breastmilk storage bags are inexpensive and easy to grab as you need them. They are particularly convenient for freezing breastmilk. It’s important that you only store breastmilk in bags designed to store breastmilk and not regular household plastic bags that may break or not be sterile. You can freeze the bags of milk laying flat to save space and stack them in the freezer for 3-6 months. It’s best to freeze milk in small amounts so you can make the exact size bottle you need without wasting milk. Freezing a mix of bags with different amounts such as 1, 2, or 3 ounce increments is useful if you typically make multiple bottles of breastmilk for a caregiver. The bags also let you write the date the milk was pumped and how many ounces are in the bag.
Some daycares allow moms to put extra breastmilk in their freezer on-site. Bags are very convenient for moms trying to build a large milk stash in their freezer. They are also handy for moms who pump at work; we recommend that moms always have a few extra bags to use in their toolkit.
Breastmilk storage bags are even more convenient to use today, as you can directly pump milk into the bag and then store it. Healthy Horizons carries the Medela Pump & Save bags which come with an adapter so you can pump directly into the bag. Ameda has the Ameda Store’N Pour bags which has an opening for pouring milk. You can also pump directly into the Ameda bag with an additional adaptor. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags are the most popular bags and an adapter is now available to pump directly into the bags.