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June 15th, 2012, 08:26 PM
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So I'm starting to get a mini stock pile in my fridge. I just put it in extra bottles that are too big for her right now and write an expiration date for one week after on the bottle. Well I'm not really using a lot of it... So how can I store it away for maybe future use?
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June 15th, 2012, 11:41 PM
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You need to freeze some of it. I really liked the Lansinoh brand breast milk storage bags. I froze mine in 2oz and 4oz increments. Even when I was just putting the breast milk in the fridge, I found the storage bags way easier than storing it in a bottle, because it was easier to warm it up in the bag and then dump it into the bottle.

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June 16th, 2012, 03:29 AM
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Freezer bags are the way to go. Hardest part is remembering to cycle through them so they don't go bad. For me, Mondays were always use frozen milk day since I would go back to work and have frozen all of Fridays.

I gave up with 2oz and went straight to 4 or 6 ounce size bottles. Yes some gets wasted but I also end up throw out a ton at the end anyway. (can't donate since I am taking meds).

Date and put the amount on the bag. I do find that you really need to lay them flat in the freezer and then they will stack better. Best to hide in the back of freezer if you don't have a stand alone one. Also make sure you get all the air out. With deep freezers, it will crystallize if you don't.

There are a few brands. I found target had the best selection.
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June 16th, 2012, 05:02 AM
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I hated the bags and have about 25 Medela storage bottles. I put mine in the fridge until I have the amount I want to freeze in the bottle, date it and freeze it. I don't let it hang out in the fridge to long I go right to the deep freezer where it is good for up to 12 months.
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June 16th, 2012, 07:10 PM
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I freeze mine in bags. I date, time, and put measurements on the bags. I was told by the hospital not to use milk over 48 hours old from the fridge. I do keep 3 bottles in there though to use throughout the day and night for hubby and for his meds. I rotate them in bottles with numbered lids.
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June 16th, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Ditto on the 48hrs in the fridge. regular freezers (in your fridge) can be stored up to 3mo. Bags or mini breast milk bottles work best. Make sure to date it if your not gone on a regular basis (like working full time) My dr. said deep freezer for 6mo. I never had that problem when I BF'd though, as I worked full time and refrigerated milk during the week for the next day feedings and froze my Friday milk for Monday feedings.
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I was told that I could have it in the fridge up to a week if my fridge was cold and it was in the back...

Here's a good chart Breast Milk Storage Guidelines

I used the lansinoh bags too.
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June 18th, 2012, 07:54 AM
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I have used both the Medela bags and the lansinoh bags.
If you know you will be freezing milk, I would just put it directly in the freezer.
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June 18th, 2012, 08:15 AM
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I also use the lansinoh or gerber (not my fave) bags. I quit storing in 2-4 oz b/c I had an abundant supply. We bought a deep freezer. Milk in the fridge can last up to 5-7 days. Just smell before you use it (sometimes mine would last that long and sometimes it wouldn't). Bottles were too expensive for me to store b/c I literally had a deep freezer full of milk. Only a few other nonbreastmilk items in there. I would date every bag and got the gallon or 2 gallon ziplock bags. I would fill those bags with the other bags and date that with how many total oz. I had a problem with all my bags falling out when I opened the door. That also helps you keep it more organized so you can rotate your stock. If you have a bigger stock.

Always date the bags and rotate. In a deep freezer they can stay good for 6-12 months. I think I have a high lipase in my milk and it makes mine taste funny to me, but doesn't bother my son at all. Kinda tastes soapy or something.
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I freeze mine in bags. I date, time, and put measurements on the bags. I was told by the hospital not to use milk over 48 hours old from the fridge. I do keep 3 bottles in there though to use throughout the day and night for hubby and for his meds. I rotate them in bottles with numbered lids.
From what I understand the 48 hour rule is for Premies or NICU babies.

Here is my stash from the last month in the deep freezer. As soon as I get 40z in the big bottles or the 2.5oz in the small ones I freeze them right away. I am running out of bottles and going to have to start using bags because I refuse to buy anymore and these are left over from when Madison was a baby.
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June 19th, 2012, 05:49 PM
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I pump in the morning and if it doesn't get used that day, I put it in a milk storage bag (Lansinoh) and freeze it. I only pump if DH wants to feed Cameron or I'm going to be gone for one of his feedings.
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