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Hello!<br><br>
I am hoping to get some answers from people who are experienced or know the answers...<br><br>
I am trying to start storing a bit of breastmilk by pumping a little bit every day now that my milk is in. I have some of those Medela freezer vials that are quickly filling up and they are expensive. I want to have lots of them filled by the time my DH takes his FMLA and I am back to work.<br><br>
I am wondering how the freezer BAGS work because they are a lot less expensive and would probably take up less space in the freezer. Can you just insert them in a special bottle when you want to use them, or do you have to try to dump them into a bottle after thawing, or...? I've discovered that the plastic vials can just have a bottle nipple screwed on top of them, making them SUPER convenient, but...I don't want to spend a fortune on those things, only to use them for several months and possibly never need them again.<br><br>
What did/do you do about storing breastmilk for another caregiver to use later? Help, please!<br><br>
Thank you!!!<br><br>
Kristin
 

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We do the freezer bags for longer-term storage. They kind of stink, though. We haven't found a brand that doesn't leak, no matter what we do!<br><br>
If you use a funnel, it's pretty easy to get the milk in any bottle without making a mess or wasting precious milk once it's thawed.<br><br>
I freeze the bags flat, and then put them in a Ziploc storage bag by date, which takes up very little room in the freezer.<br><br>
So although we have the irritating leaking issue, it's cheaper and more space-efficient to use the bags.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We do the freezer bags for longer term storage.<br><br>
I freeze the bags flat, and then put them in a Ziploc storage bag by date, which takes up very little room in the freezer.<br><br>
So although we have the irritating leaking issue, it's cheaper and more space-efficient to use the bags.</div>
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we use the Lansinoh bags. I've had only a couple of leaks, which cost me about 8oz <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
But, they work pretty well. You just have to be careful when pouring them into bottles
 

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Do they break and leak or?? I would be so mad if I lost that precious milk!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do they break and leak or?? I would be so mad if I lost that precious milk!!</div>
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I've found you have to handle with care. I've had one that leaked along the bottom/side corner and one that somehow developed a small hole <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
It was very upsetting to lose that milk because I already have supply issues and it's so hard to get enough.<br>
If you freeze them flat and place in a larger freezer bag to protect them it does help. Also be careful with them when you pull them apart (they sometimes stick together)
 

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I've used a combination of the medela and lansinoh bags. never lost any milk that way. Did lose a little bit when an early bottle took a header out of the freezer and cracked though.<br><br>
Anyway... if there's not too much in the bag and it's pretty flat we've had decent luck breaking up the ice and putting that into the bottle without thawing.
 

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I use the lansinoh bags. I make sure to express all the air from the bags, then I freeze them flat, with only 5 oz. in them. I have found this works the best to ensure no leaks. I also warm them up straight from the freezer (no thawing in the fridge. I worked all this out through trial and error w/ my DS. I have had 2 leaks w/ my DD in the 7 months we have been pumping.
 
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