As I have mentioned in previous review, when it came to stocking up on baby related products when I was pregnant with my first bubba, I was completely clueless. I knew I wanted to breastfeed yet I was also sure that I wanted the option of expressing milk and giving the odd bottle. I did my research and opted for the Avent breast pump and microwave steriliser and after a few weeks I was sure that I had made the right decision by going with this brand.
A couple of months after she was born, things had settled down and I was ready for a meal out with my friends. I looked for options for storing the milk so it could be stored in the freezer and again Avent seemed the obvious choice. I found this kit in a big branch of Mothercare and snapped it up. I've just checked online and I believe it now costs £8.49. I opted for this set as it is fully compatable with the Avent breast pump and bottles.
The set includes 10 x 180ml steri-packed cups, 10 reusable lids and 2 feeding adaptors. The feeding adaptor mean that you can use these cups with the Avent breast pump and then also connect it to a Avent bottle teat without the need of transfering the milk into a different container. Each cup as a reusable lid which screws on firmly.
The great thing about these cups is that they are also great for weaning, they make perfect containers for those early days of weaning when your bubba is just having the tiniest amount of something like pureed carrot or good old sweet potato.
On the downside, I don't really rate these cups for storing milk. They all just seemed to leak when I used them and it really put me off. I much preferred using the storage bags.... they take up less room in the freezer and tranferring the milk to a bottle really isn't an issue as far as i'm concerned.
I would definately recommend buying a box of these for weaning purposes but I do believe that there are better option for storing milk.
I was lucky enough to be given this product as a freebie by a midwife at a breastfeeding workshop I went to just before my son was born. At the time I thought I would find it really useful for storing breast milk but actually I have only recently begun to use this product for storing baby food instead.
~~~ What you get in the kit ~~~
10 cups which hold 180ml each
The cups come in a sealed and sterile plastic bag together with a clip that you can use for re-sealing the bag once you have removed one cup. The lids and adaptors require sterilising prior to their first use.
According to Avent, the cups should only be used and re-sterilised four times before you dispose of them which means that this is really not an environmentally friendly option even though the cups can be recycled.
The adaptors can be used to attach a cup to an Avent breast pump or to attach a teat so you can feed baby directly from the storage cup.
The cups are marked in ounces and millilitres and stack into each other for ease of storage. The lids twist securely onto the cup to ensure there are no spills. You can also buy larger size 240ml cups separately for when your baby is older.
~~~ My opinion ~~~
I only used these storage cups a few times for freezing breast milk because my son was so hungry, any milk I managed to express ended up being fed to him the same day. However since weaning my son, I have found the cups extremely useful for storing baby food as you can freeze the correct portion (I find my 11 month old can eat a whole 240ml cup of food now) and then just defrost it in the container without having to faff around with ice cube trays.
If you do freeze milk or baby food in one of these cups, be careful not to drop it when you take it out of the freezer. I did and the cup shattered like glass - because the plastic is so thin it becomes really brittle and fragile when frozen. The cups could also be used for storing milk or food in the fridge.
I did think that the markings on the side of the cup could be a little clearer as it is quite difficult to see how much you have put in it. You can write on the side of the cup to label what is inside and the date which is useful.
I don't think I would have gone out and bought this product but am glad that I was given it because it has been really handy to have. If you are using other Avent products such as the breast pump and feeding bottles and are intending to store lots of expressed milk then these would be invaluable.
~~~ Pricing and Availability ~~~
The Philips Avent breast milk storage kit is available from Boots for £8.50. You can also buy larger cups and separate lids directly from Philips Avent at shop.philips.co.uk.
I believe that this product is quite expensive for what you get and given that you can only use each cup four times I don't believe that it is very good value for money.
My Reasons for buying the Avent Breastmilk Containers
Whilst pregnant with my one and only child I had decided that I was going to breastfeed. Then came the birth and a four day stay in hospital. The midwives and breastfeeding advisor were brilliant and encouraged me every step of the way in my efforts at breastfeeding but it seemed an uphill struggle. My daughter didn't seem to latch on properly but I was insistant. We were both duly discharged from hospital and then the panic set it. How much milk is she having, is she getting any milk at all. Oh my god what a nightmare. The first full day at home and we realised just how lazy a baby Holly was going to be. The milk started to drip and she just lay there with her mouth open. You could see her brain working, why should I suckle when the tap is turned on!. That was it no more breastfeeding. My home visit midwife suggested that maybe I should express if I was that set on my daughter having breastmilk. So with my little Avent handpump I set about expressing as much milk as I could, every two hours for 40 minutes at a time to ensure my milk supply would continue.
When the health visitor came for her first appointment she said I looked absolutely knackered and suggested that if I was to continue expressing, why didn't I hire a hospital grade electric pump, they are available on the internet. This was great I could extract the milk from the udders in 20 minutes.
My milk production line was going so well after one week I was producing about 20 oz per 3 sessions of expressing, gradually reducing through out the day. 80 oz is a bit too much for a 3 week old baby to consume in a day. Next problem, where to keep all the milk I was expressing. The health visitor suggested freezing it. Go to Boots and you can buy freezer bags. So off the husband duly went and came back with about 5 packs of freezer bags. These were fine, however they weren't very easy to stand up in the freezer draw, so we balanced them with bits of cardboard slats.
I then spotted the Avent containers on the internet at Boots and ordered a couple of boxes. That made it much easier to store the milk in freezer.
A bit about Avent.
Avent was launched in 1984 and redesigned the baby bottle to closely resemble the natural feeding process and gave mothers the freedom to combine breast and bottle feeding, whether the bottles were used for expressed milk or formular milk. 90% of their products are designed and made in their factory in Suffolk, England and is certified to ISO 9001. In 2006 Avent joined the Philips group to become Philips Avent.
Avent make products to help mothers through pregnacy and beyond upto when your baby is about 18 months old.
They make skincare products for expectant mums and a skincare range for babies. Their breastfeeding range contains pumps (hand and electric), breastmilk storage containers, nipple cream, breast pads, breast shells and nipple protectors. Three sizes of bottles, the smaller one holds 125ml/4 oz and the medium one holds 260ml/9 oz and the large "magnum" that holds 330ml/10.5 oz. Teats that reduce the risk of colic. Formular milk dispensers, bottle and teat brushes. Sterilizers and a bottle warmer. Daytime and nightime dummies, sorry, soothers upto the age of 18 months. Cups and spoons for weaning and different types of bags suitable for carrying everything.
Avent products are used in more than 60 countries around the world.
These containers come in boxes of 10. They are pre sterilized and packed in two bags of five containers with lids. The 10 lids are screwtopped. The box also contains two adaptors for use with the breast pump or you can screw the teat system to it, enabling you to use these instead of a bottle and one clip for securing the open pack closed enabling you to keep the containers sterilzed.
The containers are made of a sturdy plastic material that is clear on one side, with a slight frosting on the other side to enable you to write any dates or information that you want on them. They hold 180ml/6oz of milk or 240ml/8.5 oz (the larger pots are difficult to buy) and are dishwasher and freezer safe. They can be resterilized up to four times for holding milk then recycled with your plastics or reused to hold food.
The pots are about 8cm high, 8cm diameter at the top tapering down to 6cm at the bottom. The lids are made of a clear light blue plastic and screw easily onto the container. The adaptors are also a light blue in colour and have a screw bottom and a screw top for fixing to the pump.
The top of the lid had a ridge the same size as the bottom of the container, thus making the easy to store one on top of the other.
These containers are the best thing I used for storage of breast milk and are very versatile. I continued to express milk until my daughter was 10 months old. Every so often I would take milk out of the freezer to use and replace it with fresh expressed milk. I was able to give my daughter breastmilk until she was about one year old. I was much happier with her having breastmilk than formular. I am still using these pots two years after I purchased them. When my daughter went onto solids I was able to make up large quantities of food for her and freeze it in these pots which I still do today. Any resh food that is left over from dinner time, she can have it for lunch the following day. They do take up quite a bit of room in the freezer but I am lucky as I have a fridge/freezer and a seperate freezer, so I have pleaty of room for storing.
I gave some of these pots to my sister-in-law. She takes them to work with her and puts salad in one and cheese or anything else she fancies for lunch in another. She also uses them for her milk for work as she is dairy intolerant.
My husband also uses any damaged pots for keeping screws and nuts and other rubbish in his shed.
Price and Availability
I have found them online at Boots for £7.50 and Amazon for £6.99. They are also available to buy as a refill pack of 5 pots only, for £1.99 at Mothercare. The Avent Baby Shop sell the 240ml pots in packs of 5 for £5.99
For further reading the Philips Avent website is www.avent.philips.com or www.aventbabyshop.com
Many thanks for reading. Anna
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Without these storage bags and my breast pump I would never have been able to keep feeding my baby breast milk whilst I went back to work. Firstly you buy a kit at £7.99 which contains 20bags, 10 clips, labels and 4 circular 'base supports' to put them in until they are frozen. You can also buy bags separately at £2.99 for 40 and a pack of clips and labels at £2.99 for 20. The bags themselves are presterilised so you don't need to worry about sterilising them - one less thing to worry about! They have a printed measurement on the side which is fairly accurate, which goes up to 8oz. (You can't freeze that much though - see below) You can either tip milk into them from a bottle or breast shell which is the method I find best. Or if you buy the Avent bottle (really more a 'bag supporter' than a bottle) that goes with the bags then you can put the bag in that and express milk, via your Avent pump, striaght into the bag. You then seal the bag with the clip and label it with the date. I also put how much is in the bag on the label as once frozen it can be hard to tell. Then you can put in the freezer. I have heard two differing opinions as to how long breast milk can stay frozen for. Some say 3 months and some say 6 - for best measure I try to stick to 3 and continuely replace old stock. On a Friday that days expressed milk gets frozen and on a Sunday evening 'older' milk gets defrosted. Avent tell you that you can feed your baby striaght from the defrosted bag via a special bottle and special teats but I have never done this as I prefer to defrost the bag and then tip it into the bottle. Also this falls down as often I need two or more bags per bottle, depending on how much I have frozen in each bag. Avent advise you that you can freeze up to 6oz of milk in one bag, however I would advise you to only freeze 3, or perhaps 4oz, as I find the incidence of bag splitting during
defrosting is a lot less with a smaller amount. Or you could try double bagging - either way you use roughly the same amount of bags.
I have used Avent breast milk storage bags for 3 months and have found the idea a good one. You only use up the space of the milk expressed and you don't have lots of empty space in containers that are half full because you didn't manage to express much one day. You can clearly mark your milk with the date, time and amount, which is great if you have small amounts and need to make up a certain amount for a bottle. I found this product rather expensive when you can only use the bags once. Granted you only need to buy one (or 2) lots of clips which can be reused. My biggest disappointment with this product was that you lose precious milk when carefully defrosting the milk from the freezer as the bags leak.
Hi my name is Karleigha,this is my first time to write my opinion so I hope I don’t bore everyone,so, here I go. I have been using Avent freezer bags for about four months, to store breastmilk for when I started back to work. The pump I used which was easy to use had bags supplied with it. Also supplied were clips and labels to write the date on the bags when you freeze them, as breastmilk can only be stored in the freezer for up to three months, I found the use of the bags great and easy. I could visit friends and family and feed without leaving the room. I could go shopping and feed my baby in resturants and cafes without people starring. But the best thing is that my partner could feed her when I went back to work, I only work part-time but she still needed to be fed, so I could express my milk and store it in the bags. Also there is no sterilizing as they come pre-sterilized.
These are very useful it you want to build up a supply in the freezer,whether its for the odd day out or because you are returning back to work. There are small bags with measurement on the outside so you can tell how much is in there,a plastic fastener,one for each bag,for non leakage and a plastic fastener to expel the air out of the bag.There is a place you can write the date and time. Just tip the milk in,expel the air and fasten it up,then put it in the freezer.The dating idea is good so you can rotate you stock,and breastmilk can be frozen upto 6mth in deep freeze.If you want to add to the bag just undo the bag and pour more in but it needs to be frozen within 24hrs. I used these for storing expresed milk,or if using the breast sheilds,the milk that they catch.They are quite expensive £7.99 for 40 bags with ties, but I think they are invaluable especially if you are planning to go back to work you can give your baby expressed milk while you are not there.
Kit includes 20 disposable pre-sterilised bags that can be used to store your expressed breast milk fresh in the fridge for up to 24 hours, or for up to three months in the freezer