“ Brand: Avent / Type: Storage Bags & Containers „
- Why I Bought -
I had always planned to breast feed my son but as I wanted the option to express milk I did also stock up on bottles, milk storage pots, steriliser and bottle brushes. In fact I was so well prepared that from looking at the huge selection of feeding equipment we had you could easily have thought we were intending to bottle feed formula. Most of our feeding equipment was from the Philips Avent brand but the milk storage pots they make seemed really flimsy to me so I decided to look around for an alternative. Then I found a set of four Avent pots in TKMaxx. These were different to the ones I had seen before; they were in fact exactly the same container as the bottles from the range except instead of a teat they had a sealing disc. This seemed like a much better option so I purchased the set and then bought an extra pack of six sealing discs so that all our bottles could be transformed into storage pots.
- The Storage Container -
The container is the same as the Avent bottle and the ones I bought came in a pack of four. It is transparent plastic (BPA free ) and can store 125mls of milk. It has the measurements for this up the side of the container. It also displays the Avent brand. You then have the same white plastic ring top that comes with the bottles. This screws onto the bottles very easily but is secure once on. With the bottles you get a small anti-colic ring that sits on the neck of the bottle but you don't get this with the storage containers and if you try to use one from a bottle you will find that the lid of the bottle won't screw on properly. Instead of a teat there is a sealing disc which fits into the bottle top tightly and doesn't leak. Despite there being no anti-colic ring you could still use these containers as bottles simply by replacing the sealing disc with a teat. Obviously this is not a good idea if your baby suffers with colic.
- In Use -
I used these storage containers quite often in the six months that I was expressing milk for my baby. The containers attached directly onto my Spectra breast pump which made expressing and storing milk as hassle free as possible as I didn't have to worry about pouring the milk into another container and risk spilling it. You can then add the teat in place of the sealing disc to feed your baby. The measurements on the container meant I knew exactly how much milk I was storing in each pot. The sealing disc and lid create a very good seal and I never had any leaking. They didn't come to any harm in the fridge or freezer. Just remember not to fill the container past the 125ml marker as liquid expands when frozen and if it is over filled the container could split. I found it was useful that I could write on the sealing disc as it meant I could label the milk with the date it was expressed. This ensured I never game my son milk that was past its best. The discs are very easy to put into the bottle top and to remove again. As I had the four storage containers plus six extra bottles and sealing discs I was able to store quite large quantities of milk ready for when I was having a night out away from my baby. These pots could also be used to store baby food when weaning, although I never used them for this purpose as I bought food storage pots.
- Cleaning -
These containers are dishwasher and microwave steriliser safe. I usually cleaned them by hand with a bottle brush and sterilised them prior to use. They fit nicely into my Avent steriliser.
- Price and Availability -
I don't think these are widely available any more as most places seem to stock the smaller pots with the blue lids or the sealing discs alone which can be used to convert any avent bottle into a storage container. For me it was more cost effective to buy this set as it was only £5 in TKMaxx and therefore much cheaper than buying bottles and discs. However, there are a few places that still stock them such as a website called Pampered Baby that is selling the four packs for £10.99.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend these storage containers as they store milk effectively, are leak free, are easy to assemble and take apart, are easy to clean, and they are BPA free. It is a shame they are no longer widely available.
I've been expressing milk since my daughter was born as it is not always practical to breast feed her, for example when we're in public or when I'm feeling particullary sore!
I've tried a range of different breast milk storage options including breast milk storage bags, however I find that these little containers are the most practical way to store it for me personally. What I like most is that I am able to express straight into the container as I find this more hygienic and it saves extra washing up, too.
I'm not sure if the containers are compatible with all breast pumps, however they are really easy to use with my Avent pump and two easy to use adaptors are included. It's also possible to attatch teats so the container acts as a bottle, however I find the containers a little awkward to hold when feeding my baby as they're so wide and hard to get a good grip of. Transferring the milk from the containers into my baby's bottle isn't a problem - no mess at all.
These containers are £9.50 per pack of ten which I think is brilliant value - I've had mine for nearly six months now and they're all in very good condition. I bought my pack from ASDA and they are also available from a range of other shops including Amazon. The plastic containers are really simple in appearence - they're transparent with light blue lids.
The lids are secure enough for me to be able to put one of the containers in my bottle bag without the worry that it will spill everywhere and they are leak proof. The containers are really versatile as they're freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. The containers are stackable which I find very handy as I have quite limited fridge and freezer space.
The containers are BPA Free which basically means that there's no harmful chemicals in the plastic. Each container can hold 180ml of liquid and they can also be used to store food (eg pureed fruit/veg) aswell. There are measurments on the side so I am easily able to see how much milk I've expressed and I currently express 5oz into each bottle.
I have quite a bit of expressed milk at the minute (around a months worth!) stored in the freezer as it comes in handy whenever I go out without Erin, as my boyfriend or my Mum are able to feed her. I also pack these in her baby bag when she goes to her biological Dad's on weekends.
Breast milk can be stored for up to six months in a freezer, and I usually freeze it straight away unless I plan on giving it to my baby within the next 3/4 days - if so, I just stick it in the fridge. The containers are in fabulous condition after nearly six months of use and I've had no problems with leakages etc at all.
They're easy to wash as they're dishwasher safe and they don't take up too much storage space at all. Overall, these are brilliant - durable, good value for money and really handy!
When I purchased an Avent Breas Pump about 4 years ago, the pack contained 2 of these milk/food containers.
The containers are just over 2 inches in diameter and approx 3.5 inches tall with the lid on.
The cap is a white screw top which fastens very securely. When screwed on properly, these containers do not leak even if left on their side in the fridge.
The bottles are transparent, with the Avent Naturally logo written across one side in colourful lettering.
The measurements are clearly marked on the other side, so you can accurately see how much liquid has been poured into the container. After 4 years of use, the markings on my Avent bottles show no signs of fading.
The containers hold 4 fluid ounces, which is equivalent to 125ml of liquid.
The bottles screw on directly to the Avent breast pumps, which means you can pump straight into the container and then store the milk straight away in the fridge or freezer.
When it comes to feeding time you simply need to warm the liquid, replace the screw on lid with an avent disc and teat and you are ready to feed from the bottle.
Even when my babies had finished breast feeding we continued to use these storage containers. They take a decent amount of puree or mashed food, so they are brilliant for weaning on the move as well.
The bottles microwave well, although you need to remember to remove the lids and always check the temperature of the liquid before giving it to a child.
When not being used by babies, my husband has even used these containers to take milk into work for his coffee - saves him taking in a whole carton!
These are vey handy little containers that have lots of uses even when your baby days are over.
In my opinion, these are a great buy! Especially for breast feeding mothers. As with most Avent products, they are not the cheapest on the market but are well worth the money.
The main use for these containers is for breast milk to be expressed into by pump or hand and then stored in the fridge or freezer. The Avent Isis pump can be bought to go with this product as it can be attached and the milk can be released directly into the container. They can be sterilised (if your baby is under 12 months) and are also dishwasher safe.
The containers are see-through and have measurement marks on the side so you know exactly how much you have expressed. They also have good strong lids to prevent any unwanted leakages.
Once the breastfeeding stage is over, the containers then double up as food storers and are really handy for weaning as you can simply divide food into containers and freeze for future use.
Even when your babies grow up they can be used in lunch boxes to store fruit or at home.
We brought these from boots with our first child, i had opted to breast feed to begin with but also purchased a breast pump for me to be able to express milk for when we went out and also so that hubby could get involved with feeding our baby too.
These were an obvious choice as the rest of the range i had brought, bottles, steraliser and breast pump were avent.
The containers are dish washer, microwave and freezer proof which was great as i could steralise them in my microwave steraliser and store them in my freezer for upto 3 months.
The containers screwed directly onto my avent breast pump so i found these easier to use for storage than the plastic bag storage which was the other option as i didnt have to transfer the milk to anything else to store it.
The lids are exactly the same as on the bottles with a screw on top so are good at preventing leaks and keeping the milk germ free.
Each container holds 125 ml of fluid and the lid has a sealing ring in the middle that can be replaced with a teat for feeding which makes these ideal for taking with you.
I used these for the first few months with my daughter and used to store the breast milk in them for going out and put the sealing ring in instead of the teat to prevent spillages, i would then put the teat in the lid and put the lid on the bottle ready for use when we needed them.
These retail at around £10 for 4 which basically you are getting 4 bottles and 4 sealing rings, the breast pump itself came with two sealing rings so that allowed us enough for 6 bottles but you used to be able to buy the sealing rings seperately so this may be better if you already have the bottles.
These are supposed to double as a food container when your child starts weaning but to be honest if you are not going to be breast feeding there are cheaper food containers available.
For convenient storage of breast milk or baby food in the fridge or freezer. Express your milk directly into the containers by attaching them to your Isis Breast Pump. Simply replace the sealing discs with Avent teats for feeding.