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I thought there was a pumping Moms forum here, but couldn't find it. So I hope this is the right place to ask this question.

Anyway, I am due in February. I teach Lamaze classes 2 nights per week, so will need to pump and store breastmilk for those evenings.

I definitely want to freeze in glass. Which containers are the best?

I have some glass Evenflo baby bottles with sealing discs. Are those good? I wasn't sure if they created a tight enough seal for the milk to stay really fresh?

I have heard of the Lansinoh glass bottles. Which site is the cheapest?

I have also heard of using small Mason jars. Where can I buy these? And do they create a nice, tight seal?

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Hi! There is no pumping mamas forum, so you're in the right place

I use Lansinoh glass containers. They seal tight, they are good quality and much better than plastic. I also like how they stack in the freezer (very neatly, I have a weird thing about my breastmilk being neat in the freezer)

I bought these online at drugstore.com. They were $6 or $7 for a set of 4, I believe. I also *really* like that the containers say "mommy's milk" and they can be used with standard nipples. Although I don't pump anymore, that was great when dh had to give ds a bottle of breastmilk because I wanted everyone to know that was my milk and that he's never had anything else
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Thanks, Carmen. I really like those bottles because they are really cute.

Has anyone used the Mason jars? Where can I buy those?
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I did a search for your for mason jars, I found them here:

http://store.yahoo.com/pasternackstr...2pa12ptma.html

There are 1/2 pint size, so those should work. I don't recommend storing more than 2 oz. in each when they are little, because sometimes they don't drink the whole thing and you don't want the milk (or "liquid gold") to go to waste. These jars are a great idea! They seal very well too, I have never used them for breastmilk but my mom always made homemade jam when we were kids and used these jars all the time, they seal super tight! I would imagine even tighter than regular bottles!

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also, another idea, if you or your dh will be feeding the baby outside your home, and want to make sure it's clear that what's in the bottle is breastmilk, you can freeze the milk in the mason jars but have a couple lansinoh bottles at hand, so you can take those when you go out and have to feed her then, that way it's clear she's having mommy's milk I'm sure not everyone cares about this, but I didn't want anyone to think I was feeding ds formula, so as silly and pathetic as this sounds, LOL, I love how these bottles make it clear that what's inside is mommy's milk
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Cool. Thanks, Carmen. I figured the Mason jars would seal pretty tightly.

The only time our little guy will get a bottle is when I am at work (and DH and kiddos are home!) so it doesn't really matter about the bottle. I really don't care what other people think about those things anyway. :LOL

But the bottles really are cute. I like the cute little phrases on the Medela bottles too, but I'd like to avoid plastic.

Thanks for the info!
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Ummm....I thought I had read that you *shouldn't* store BM in glass because the white blood cells stick to it.....??
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I have heard too that more stuff sticks to the glass, but it probably weighs out ahead of using plastic which leaches harmful chemicals into the milk, such as Avente bottles, I believe.
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Lisa, when will you be going back to work?

(Just being nosey)

I hope you get a good couple of months to be home FT...
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I really don't care what other people think about those things anyway. :LOL
I know, I guess I shouldn't care, but I don't want people to think I'm feeding him that stuff by choice. blech!
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Hmmm. I never heard that about white blood cells. I know that LLL recommends storing in glass. At least that is what I have been told. Anyone have any sources for me to read more?

Carmen, I have taken February and March off. But I may take just a tad longer. Since I only work 3-4 hrs. at a time, twice a week, that should be fine. But we'll see. It will be tight monetarily while I am off. But it will be sooooooooooo hard to leave my little guy for even a couple of hours!
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Ummm....I thought I had read that you *shouldn't* store BM in glass because the white blood cells stick to it.....??
This is from LLL website:

What Type of Container to Use

Refrigerated or frozen milk may be stored in:

-hard-sided plastic or glass containers with well-fitting tops
-freezer milk bags that are designed for storing human milk

Here is more info from an article on LLL's site:

Choosing a Milk Storage Container
After expressing milk into a clean container, milk should be stored in a tightly closed glass or plastic container. There have been controversies about what type of container will best protect the nutrients and immunity factors in human milk. Current research suggests that human milk can safely be stored in glass or plastic receptacles with no significant nutrient loss. THE BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK recommends glass, clear hard plastic (polycarbonate), and cloudy hard plastic (polypropylene), in that order, as storage containers for freezing milk. If a baby receives expressed milk only occasionally, any possible effect of the container on the quality of the milk will be negligible.
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Thanks, Sara. I appreciate that info.

Jenn, I PM'd you.

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