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December 17th, 2012, 06:13 AM
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I feel like breast milk is taking over my freezer! I only pump once a day, but quite the supply has built up and Im running out of room! I've already started storing it upright in a rectangular ice cube bucket, when that filled up I started using a loaf pan, and now that's full, too, and there are bags just piling up. I'm planning on going to get more ice buckets, but I though I'd see if anyone has better ideas!
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December 17th, 2012, 07:03 AM
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I don't have that problem yet. I just store mine in the deep freezer and have plenty of room in there, and use grocery bags to sort them.
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December 17th, 2012, 07:05 AM
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In large zip locks in breast milk bags.
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December 17th, 2012, 07:10 AM
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Do you lay the bags flat when you freeze them? That can save a ton of space.
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December 17th, 2012, 07:19 AM
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I wish I had a deep freeze.

I do lay them flat, a good tip I got from a friend.

I guess using big zip lock or grocery bags is a good way to contain them, thanks!
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December 17th, 2012, 07:40 AM
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I'm not much help because I'm very leery of the bags (plus buying a coupe dozen bottles is way cheaper than continuous need to purchase bags), and we use it as fast as it is pumped, because it goes to another baby. However I use the medela plastic breastmilk bottles with lids, and just toss them in the freezer ice bucket until we pass the milk on.
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December 17th, 2012, 05:36 PM
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maybe elastic bands? dont forget to always use the oldest milk first!!
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December 17th, 2012, 08:45 PM
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I ziploc them too and label by date.
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December 17th, 2012, 09:52 PM
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Mine are in 2-4oz increments, dated in breastmilk storage bags, then organized into two large freezer ziplocs by week they were pumped. The two large freezer ziplocs are in an even larger ziploc from the hospital, with the oldest milk on top. I have the large bag laying flat in the freezer. If I were you, I would consider looking for a used chest freezer on CL that you could stick in your garage or someplace in the house.
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December 17th, 2012, 10:02 PM
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I was having this problem (had 23 5 oz bags and a handful of bottles) but I gave the bags to another mom in my area. I'm trying to figure out how we will manage to store 3 weeks worth of milk if I'm away for AT in May since we don't have money for a separate freezer (or anywhere to put one).
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December 18th, 2012, 12:10 AM
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We have a deep freezer. First I lay them flat to freeze and save room (a tip I wish I had known with my other boys). Then I layer them in a Walmart plastic shopping bag in the freezer. I am on my 3rd bag. I store 6oz in each Lansinoh storage bag and I have over 60 bags already.
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