I am working with a mom with whom I will be donating breastmilk for her little one. I already have a HUGE stockpile of Lasinoh bags that I plan to use. We are trying to figure out the most effective way to store the milk because it will be shipped from Washington to Colorado on a regular basis in a foam cooler shipping container.
You can only fit 6 oz of milk into each Lasinoh bag which adds up to 5 bags every single day. That both adds up in cost and waste which ends up in the landfill.
I am wondering if any other moms have ever pumped milk into bottles and then frozen it into containers like this http://www.amazon.com/Green-Sprouts-Eco-friendly-Silicone-Freezer/dp/B002F9MUM0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1292111293&sr=8-7
I would then place the milk into Foodsaver brand vaccum bags to lock out any air each morning after allowing it to freeze overnight in our chest freezer. I found this information on them http://thesoftlandingbaby.com/2010/03/01/are-foodsaver-and-seal-a-meal-bags-safe/
It would be easier all the way around for both of us I think if the milk were sealed up in small batches which she could pull straight from the freezer in 1 oz portions. It would also be alot easier to pack square cubes into the cooler box than a bunch of semi flat bags.
I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with storing and/or shipping large amounts of milk. We want to make sure it is totally safe especialy during the summer months because it will be traveling via 2 day air.
I will also be utilizing Dry Ice or reusable ice packs with each shipment.