We’re excited to announce that we’ve just released our very own breastmilk storage bags from Pumpables! Breastmilk storage bags are a great alternative to bottles if you’re going to be pumping several times throughout the day, and they’re also great for freezing some milk for future use. If you’re new to pumping, you might be wondering how to work breastmilk storage bags into your routine. Here are our best tips and tricks on how to use breastmilk storage bags.
Use your flange as a funnel
Worry less about spilled milk: did you know that your breastshield doubles as a funnel for transferring milk into breastmilk storage bags? If you’re using a two-piece breastshield, like the Pumpables Pro Breastshield Set that comes with the Milk Genie breast pump you can use the flange as a funnel. When you’re done pumping, place the flange part of the breastshield over the top of the bag, and carefully pour your breastmilk into the bag.
Tip: This works both ways: you can transfer milk from a breastmilk storage bag into a bottle with the help of the flange, too.
Freeze breastmilk storage bags flat
Freezing your breastmilk storage bags flat will make it easier to keep them organised in the freezer. Freezing flat means you can stack them like in the image below, or arrange them upright like books. Conversely, freezing them in the upright position will take up a lot of space at the base of each bag which means it won’t be as easy to stack things on top of them or arrange them into a drawer. To freeze flat, lay them down on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Make sure as many air pockets as possible have been removed (a few frozen air bubbles are fine). Once frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and arrange as desired in the freezer.
How long can I leave breastmilk storage bags in the freezer?
Current guidelines state that breastmilk can be kept in a regular freezer (-18-20°C / 0-4°F) for up to 6 months, and a deep freezer (-20°C / -4°F or lower) for up to 1 year. Check out our complete breastmilk storage guide for how long you can keep breastmilk in the refrigerator, in a cooler, and in other situations.
Other uses for breastmilk storage bags
You can use breastmilk storage bags to store more than just breastmilk. If you’re making homemade purees for your baby, you can use breastmilk storage bags to freeze and save for future use – they are food safe freezer bags, after all. If you’re in need of an ice pack (such as for transporting your breastmilk during a car trip) you can freeze water in them.