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So I don't like the Medela hard plastic storage bottles because it seems to take forever to thaw the milk. I don't want to use the bags because they are soft plastic and I'm worried about this leaching into the milk while heating. Medela does not use the supposedly only one chemical that is bad, but I don't trust that. I only drink out of hard plastic or glass myself, so I can't see letting my baby drink from heated, soft plastic.<br><br>
I got some covered ice trays yesterday--figure I can store 1 oz cubes in ziplock bags and drop a few in the bottle he will drink from and thaw them in there--at least that bottle is hard plastic and maybe the milk will thaw faster if it is in 1 oz cubes--plus we will have less waste if it is in 1 oz portions. I'll see how this works, but also curious what others are doing or if anyone has any knowledge/thoughts on the health issue with the plastic bags.
 

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I tried the cubes. I stored them in a ziploc and when my mom tried to feed him she had to thaw the entire mass (about 20oz) so lots of wasted milk there. then I was just freezing them in teh trays and leaving them in there and she was taking the cubes out of the trays as needed. that worked while she was the one watching him.<br><br>
now though I just use the bags. my dh warms it with water so I don't think there's a problem. its not like he sticks it in the microwave or anything.
 

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Would it be possible just to not heat the Medela bags? I rotate my freezer stash by using frozen milk on Mondays and freezing Friday's milk. Late Sunday night, I take Monday's milk out of the deep freeze and my Monday morning it's liquid and pourable but still cold. It actually gets warmed in her bottles, not in the bag.<br><br>
I would be scared about freezer burn with the ice cubes since even though there is a lid, you still can't squeeze out all the air.
 

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We use the freezer bags, but...I also have the Mother's Milk Mate storage system for the fridge, and since milk is good in the fridge for 7 days, we haven't had to use any frozen stuff yet. The fresh stuff is better anyway.<br><br>
Also, hard polycarbonate plastic (i.e. Nalgene bottles) is actually worse than some softer plastics, as it leeches hormone-disrputing chemicals. I just read an article that I can't find now, but basically the "bad" plastics are #3, #6 and #7. Most bottles that you buy at the store are polycarbonate (#7).<br><br>
You can buy the Mother's Milk Mate system here:<br><a href="http://www.babybungalow.com/breasmilmat.html" target="_blank">http://www.babybungalow.com/breasmilmat.html</a>
 

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I had the same concerns so I store my milk in glass whenever possible - in the fridge or the freezer - and always warm it up in glass instead of plastic by setting it in a bowl of warm water. The nipples that come with the glass bottles (evenflo) suck, though - so DP feeds him in Avent plastic bottles. So yes, she has to dump the warmed milk from the glass into the plastic feeding bottle. An extra step, but it works for us. When he's with me he only bf anyway, so I don't have to deal with the bottles much at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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we freeze in the bags and the soft bottles. i take out the milk from the freezer and put it in the fridge when getting ready for bed the night before it will be needed. for the most part it is defrosted by morning. it never gets heated in the container in which it was frozen.
 
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