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Cross-posted in Life with a Babe...

Hi all! I am planning on breastfeeding my newborn when he arrives, but I also pump occasionally and freeze the milk for when I might be out and Daddy or Grandma takes care of the kiddos.

I just bought Medela bottles, because it's what I used the last two times, but I'm thinking of returning them and going with the glass Evenflo bottles I hear so much about. But I'm wondering, aren't they awful heavy hanging off the pump? I'm afraid of the added weight.

And I have never frozen in glass, so I'm a bit scared of that. I can't just stick one in a mug of hot water to thaw out can I? How long does it take to thaw out a 4oz. bottle of breastmilk? Overnight in the fridge? Or do I leave it on the countertop?

Since I'm breastfeeding, and these nipples (on the Evenflo) are so narrow, I'd then have to pour it into a second glass bottle, like Born Free, correct? I wish I could just pump and store in a wide mouth glass bottle, and feed from there. But I haven't figured out a way yet. Too bad Avent doesn't make glass!

Help me figure this all out please!

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Can you pour BM into glass baby food jars to freeze? That would be a small enough amount that you can thaw them quickly and easily - I can imagine that it might take far too long to thaw a several-ounce bottle. Then, you could just pour into a regular wide-mouth bottle (Avent or Medela or whatever) that has the appropriate size nipple. That would preserve the benefits of freezing/warming in glass rather than plastic. Plus, glass bottles are expensive.

FWIW, I think Medela also makes glass bottles now... I vaguely remember seeing them at Target.

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I have an Ameda Purely Yours Electric Breast Pump and I use the Dr. Brown's 3.5 oz. glass bottles to pump into. Initially I thought they would be too heavy, but they're not bad once you get used to them; have also used the Evenflo glass bottles with similar results. I froze my milk in the Lansinoh breast milk storage bags (holds 6 oz. per bag, I think). I can't for the life of me remember how long they took to defrost, though because it's been so long since I froze milk. HTH!
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