Advantages Handy, sterile
I breastfeed both of my kids and its something I am very proud about. I think it was the best thing I could do for both of them to provide them a great start in life and I enjoyed it too. When I had my little girl I expressed milk everyday and stored it in plastic bottle but this got quite expensive and filled the fridge and freezer up quite considerably so this time around with my little boy I sought a bit of advice from my breastfeeding group and they suggested I try breast milk storage bags. QUite a few of them had used them in the past and were using them now and they convinced me of all the benefits so I decided to try them. I found a box in Boots in the section with all the bottles and breastfeeding tools. In fact the box looked just like the Boots own breast pads so I did have to look at the contents twice to see what I was buying! I have given up breastfeeding now, my little boy is nine months old and has teeth that he likes to use to bite my nipples with so I think a nine month start on breast milk wasn't too bad.The bags came in a box of forty which cost £6.99 which I didn't think was too bad as because I only really use one a day this will last for over one month which I don't think is a bad price for £6.99. The bags look essentially just like a sandwich bag although they are made of a much thicker plastic which as good as I think with anything thinner and the liquid inside would not be contained very well.
Its really easy to use these bags. I would express my milk as normal using a manual pump into a plastic bottle at the end. Then I would get one of the bags ready to pour the milk into. What I really like about these bags is that they are already sterilised which is a big thing for me as I wanted to make sure that they were safe and would store my milk hygienically for my little boy. This was one of the questions I asked the girls at my club and they reassured me that they had had no problems with their little ones being sick after using milk from these bags and my little boy never got sick either which is nice so the hygiene bit of it really was good. Each bag has a little strip on it that you tear of and then so obviously once you open them there are open to the elements so you need to fill them up pretty quickly and put them in the fridge. The bag has a locking seal at the top, the type you would again get in a sandwich bags that seals the bags really quite tightly and securely and you can turn it upside down and none of the milk came out which was nice.The bags have markings on them, just like a bottle would so you know how much milk is in each one. The bags hold up to 7oz each which is quite a lot. This is handy but I found I didn't really use the measurements too much. As anyone who has expressed breast milk will know, whatever you can squeeze out is a blessing as its like ambrosia (the food/milk of the gods in my opinion) so I would make sure I used all of it whether it be as a drink for my little boy or to use as a mix for his breakfast cereal of to put into his food.
On the Boots box it says that they bags are suitable for storing breast milk for up to 5 days but I would never keep milk in the fridge that long. My midwife gave me a fact sheet with strict timings for how long you can keep breast milk in a fridge/freezer so I would really only keep it in the fridge for up to a day that was it. These bags always kept it nice and fresh and safe in the fridge and I was really pleased with how they worked and would recommend them to others who express.
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