“ Brand: Boots / Nursing Aid: Storage Bags & Containers „
Whilst I was pregnant I went shopping with my sister to Boots to stock up on some essential items. I took my sister along as she had 2 children and I didn't have a clue what I was going to need! I was planning on breastfeeding my twins and so my sister suggested that I got a pack of these storage bags in case I ever needed to store some of my expressed milk.
Initially expressing was done purely to increase my supply and the amounts are produced were tiny and certainly didn't need a storage bag. Once my supply was established I stopped expressing as I had only borrowed the electric pump I was using and had to return it. I didn't get on with the manual pump I'd bought so when my twins were a few months old I bought myself an electric pump. My twins were drinking most of what I was producing and so I was never expressing more than 100ml at a time, I would leave this in the bottle I had expressed it in and use it for top up feeding the same day.
I thought that these bags were going to remain unused until my twins both became poorly with bronchiolitis. They pretty much stopped feeding and I found myself expressing at the end of each feed to ensure that my supply didn't drop off as I was worried it wouldn't return. As I wasn't going to be using the milk the same day I needed something other than a bottle to store it in and so reached for my box of storage bags.
Easy to use?
Yes, these bags come pre-sterlilised so you just need to write the details on the front of the bag; date, time and amount. The bags just pull apart to open and you poor the milk in. There are quantity amounts on the front of the bag but I found it useful to have it written on the bag as once the bag was frozen you can no longer tell the quantity. If freezing you need to make sure there is space for the milk to expand to prevent the bag splitting. I found these bags to be of good quality and never had any splitting.
When my girls were better and I wanted to use these bags I just let them defrost at room temperature before opening them and pouring the milk into a bottle for feeding.
Price and Availability
Being a Boots own product these bags and only available in Boots stores or at www.Boots.com. A box of 40 currently costs £7.15. I think this is expensive and I'm glad that one box lasted me through my breastfeeding months.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these bags are good quality and will keep your precious breastmilk safely stored until you are ready to use it.
I breastfeed both of my kids and its something I am very proud about. I think it was the best thing I could do for both of them to provide them a great start in life and I enjoyed it too. When I had my little girl I expressed milk everyday and stored it in plastic bottle but this got quite expensive and filled the fridge and freezer up quite considerably so this time around with my little boy I sought a bit of advice from my breastfeeding group and they suggested I try breast milk storage bags. QUite a few of them had used them in the past and were using them now and they convinced me of all the benefits so I decided to try them. I found a box in Boots in the section with all the bottles and breastfeeding tools. In fact the box looked just like the Boots own breast pads so I did have to look at the contents twice to see what I was buying! I have given up breastfeeding now, my little boy is nine months old and has teeth that he likes to use to bite my nipples with so I think a nine month start on breast milk wasn't too bad.
The bags came in a box of forty which cost £6.99 which I didn't think was too bad as because I only really use one a day this will last for over one month which I don't think is a bad price for £6.99. The bags look essentially just like a sandwich bag although they are made of a much thicker plastic which as good as I think with anything thinner and the liquid inside would not be contained very well.
Its really easy to use these bags. I would express my milk as normal using a manual pump into a plastic bottle at the end. Then I would get one of the bags ready to pour the milk into. What I really like about these bags is that they are already sterilised which is a big thing for me as I wanted to make sure that they were safe and would store my milk hygienically for my little boy. This was one of the questions I asked the girls at my club and they reassured me that they had had no problems with their little ones being sick after using milk from these bags and my little boy never got sick either which is nice so the hygiene bit of it really was good. Each bag has a little strip on it that you tear of and then so obviously once you open them there are open to the elements so you need to fill them up pretty quickly and put them in the fridge. The bag has a locking seal at the top, the type you would again get in a sandwich bags that seals the bags really quite tightly and securely and you can turn it upside down and none of the milk came out which was nice.
The bags have markings on them, just like a bottle would so you know how much milk is in each one. The bags hold up to 7oz each which is quite a lot. This is handy but I found I didn't really use the measurements too much. As anyone who has expressed breast milk will know, whatever you can squeeze out is a blessing as its like ambrosia (the food/milk of the gods in my opinion) so I would make sure I used all of it whether it be as a drink for my little boy or to use as a mix for his breakfast cereal of to put into his food.
On the Boots box it says that they bags are suitable for storing breast milk for up to 5 days but I would never keep milk in the fridge that long. My midwife gave me a fact sheet with strict timings for how long you can keep breast milk in a fridge/freezer so I would really only keep it in the fridge for up to a day that was it. These bags always kept it nice and fresh and safe in the fridge and I was really pleased with how they worked and would recommend them to others who express.
About two weeks after my daughter was born, I decided it was time to start expressing milk as I am not too comfortable feeding in public, especially alone. I was also a bit fed up of visiting friends and family and having to disappear for up to half an hour at a time whilst I fed her.
As any new mother knows, however, it's not always guaranteed that you can express the amount you need in one sitting. Feeding my daughter is always the priority over storing milk, but when I can, I express 5oz and store it in the fridge. Milk stored in a sterilised bottle in the fridge can be used within 24hours, great if I am going out the next day, but what if I'm not? Do I feed her at home (seems a bit of a waste). And what do I do if I want to build up a stockpile of milk so my husband, or extended family can care for my daughter, and give me a break?
The answer of course are breast milk storage bags, and the ones I use from Boots are absolutely brilliant. They come in a box of 40, and are available at all branches of Boots including the smaller pharmacy stores, which is great. The box costs £6.99 which is very reasonable - these are no plain plastic bags.
The bags come in a sealed plastic carrier and are pre sterilised so you can put your expressed milk in there right away. The top is double sealed with a press lock (as opposed to ziplock) seal, so there is little chance of spillage even if one of the seals fails. The bags are printed with measures (oz and millilitres), and white bars at the top which you can write on the date, time and amount, so you can be sure to use the older milk first and make sure it is all used (or choose the amount you want). The bags are thick and feel very sturdy. Pleasingly you don't need to worry about standing them up in the fridge or freezer, because they are made with a base which naturally allows them to stand up when they are filled. This means when you keep them in the freezer (I place them in a tupperware box) you can flick through them and choose the one you need easily.
To use the milk, all you need to do is (if the milk is in the fridge) simply snip off the top of the bag, pour the milk into a sterilised bottle, and place in the bottle warmer. If the milk is frozen all you need to do is place the bag in hot (not boiling) water for a few minutes to defrost and then do the same (I find that once the milk has defrosted it's easier to warm it in the bottle than try to warm it in the bag)
The bags are so well made and easy to use, and the fact they are pre sterilised means that you can open the packet and go, it couldn't be easier. I have seen bags for sale online however with the fact these are from Boots the Chemist makes me feel reassured that I am using a decent brand and let's face it, who wants to take the chance when it comes to feeding your child?
Another great bonus in being able to freeze and label your milk, is that you can donate it to your local milk bank if you find that you have a lot of it which you might not get the chance to use, or if you feel able to produce say a few ounces a day for a needy mother. The milk is donated to the bank, and used for mothers who are unable for medical reasons to feed their children naturally themselves - most usually with premature babies. I am using these bags to donate my milk to a mother who is unable to feed her baby as she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. So it's fantastic that I trust these bags and can use them not only to store milk safely but transport it too.
I cannot recommend these bags enough if you are a breastfeeding mother wanting to work on storing her milk. They are brilliant value for the money and well worthy of a five out of five from me.
When wanting to review Boots Breast Milk Freezer Bags a product request was made to Dooyoo. The reply came back that they were already listed here on the database, so am reviewing them here. I cannot find any other link to a similar nursing freezer storage bag listed, so here goes.
The Boots Breast Milk Freezer Bags are handy to have when you are breast feeding and need to express milk for various reasons. The bags can be used to save milk for later use. They are easy to use and store either in the fridge or the freezer to re-use as required and I found them a useful thing to have.
The pack you can buy is made from simple cardboard and can be found amongst the nursing and feeding aisle in Boots stores. For anyone wanting to look for these here is a short description of the pack. The pack is a very simple and plain pinky toned colour which has the Boots logo on and just says 'breastmilk storage bags' in large letters. There is a small piccy of a bag on the front too.
Within the pack you get 40 Boots Breast Milk Freezer Bags for £6.99. Each bag is pre sterilised and sealed ready for use. All you need to do to use them is take one out of the bag and remove the piece at the top along the handy perforated line on the bag and fill with the amount of milk you need to store. Then seal the bags with the easy seal dual system, similar to that you get with many normal freezer bags where you push one side of the seal into the other so they lock together.
Each Boots Breast Milk Freezer Bag can hold up to 7 oz of expressed milk, but you can sneak a teeny bit more in without any adverse effects. I found I did try to keep to the 6 to 7 oz mark so that the bags were not overly full, as this made them easier to store in the fridge and also easier to defrost from the freezer.
These Boots Breast Milk Freezer Bags are very simple to use and although they are just a slim plastic freezer bag, they are thick enough to hold everything safely in. Once you need to use them its simple enough to pour the milk from the bag into a bottle. You can also squish the bags a little prior to pouring out the milk, so that its all nicely mixed and ready for use.
Boots Breast Milk Freezer Bags can be used when away from home as long as you have access to a fridge. You can easily pop a few of the bags into your baby bag to take with you to fill. The expressed milk can then be used when out and about for use in places where breast feeding may perhaps be difficult. I found them very handy for times like that as I could then whip out a bottle with the expressed milk in and use that anywhere.
These bags are also handy to use when you are just feeling generally full and using breast shells to catch anything from the other side when feeding your baby. The bags can store that milk for later use and it would be a shame to waste it, as its so good for baby. The bags are clearly marked in ounces so that you know how much is stored in each one. You can also write in the date the bag was filled, which is helpful for monitoring for freshness.
Over all I feel these are very handy to have and use. They are very portable and don't take up too much room when full. At £6.99 for 40 bags, that means the cost per bag is just under 18p. You should never re-use the bags and do be careful when filling them as they are sterile prior to using them and need to be kept that way. The bags get a 4 star rating and are something I would recommend.
I breastfed my daughter from birth but was unable to use my milk to bottle feed her as she totally refused a bottle. I'd stored some milk early on in the freezer just using a spare bottle, but I had to get rid of that eventually. Finally, she decided to start using a bottle, so I needed to start storing some breast milk. I saw these bags in my local Boots and decided to buy them.
The Boots Milk Storage Bags come in a pack of 40 bags. They are sealed so are pre-sterilised so you can put the milk straight into them. To use them you need to tear off a strip at the top before you can open themand fill them. Once opened, they are easy to put the milk in to and easy to seal again. They have approximate fluid measurements on the side but they are not accurate once the milk is put in - this is stated in the instructions. The measurements go up to 7 fluid ounces, but you could fit more in one if you wanted. The milk can then be stored in the fridge until needed. It is easy to pour the milk out again into a bottle when needed.
I found these really useful. I could take them places with me to add milk to and I found them very eay to use. Once opened, I could easily pour the milk from the bottle I expressed into, in to the bag. I didn't need to use the measurements so it did not bother me that they were not accurate but this would be an issue if you need to know how much you are feeding/storing for any reason. I used them to put milk into throughout the day so I could use them later on in the day.
They cost around £7 for a box which sounds a bit expensive but that only works out as 17.5p each and they are definitely worth that for convenience.
Continuing on a bit of a theme with my reviews of late, this one is another breastfeeding related product. As I have said before, when you have a baby you become drawn into a completely different world where your mind is filled with nappies, wipes and all manner of other baby wipes. You find yourself scouring every shelf of an aisle in the supermarket that you previously walked past without giving it a second glance.
I have chosen to breastfed my bubba's, it has just worked for me really well and probably has a lot to do with the fact that I am a lazy lump who recoils at the idea of having to get up and visit the kitchen to make bottles up in the middle of the night. I have been lucky and my preferred feeding option has worked for me and my babies but I have always given them the odd bottle of expressed breast milk. It just gives me that little bit of freedom, should I need to pop our for a couple of hours, I can safe in the knowledge that I can leave Daddy with a bottle of expressed milk.
There I try and always keep a little batch of expressed milk in the freezer so I am never caught out. I express using the Avent breast pump and bottles but once this is done, I then use these Boots Breastmilk Storage Bags.
Now I had never actually bought these, as it all sounded a little fiddly, but during my most recent pregnancy, a friend passed on a box to me that she hadn't needed. I started using them straight away and now I am fully converted and think that they are a fab hassle free way of storing the milk.
The box contains 40 bags and I believe it costs £6.99. This does sound quite a lot but I do think that this box would probably last most people quite a long time. The bags come pre-sterilised which is great and are suitable to be used in the fridge and freezer.
Once I have expressed the milk, I simply pour it into on of these bags. They have a easy seal top, so you just squeeze out the air and seal them. You can then pop them striaght into the fridge or freezer. There is a measuring scale up the side of the back and also a space for you to add the date. This is very helpful, as then I always know to use the oldest of the batch first.
Overall I am really happy with this great product, they don't take up much room in the freezer and just help to make my life that little bit easier.
If I'm honest I had no intention of breastfeeding Freddy, I'd had a particularly horrific experience of trying to feed my eldest 18 years ago that had put me right off. But Freddy had other ideas and at 4 days old decided that breast was best. I've loved feeding him myself, but it's hard work and it's nice to be able to have the occasional break, so I've been expressing him a bottle a day. I can't express much at a time, so that's where these Boots Breast Milk Storage Bags come into their own.
At £6.99 for forty bags, they are a relatively expensive purchase (after all they are basically fancy plastic bags), but they are also a purchase that I'll be making again. Each storage bag is made of reassuringly thick plastic, with very clear markings giving approximate amounts in ounces and millilitres (up to 9oz/250ml). The bags are pre-sterilised and need to be unsealed by pulling off a strip at the top before opening the two seals.
As I can only express a little milk at a time, I only tend to use one or two of these bags a day. I'll open one after I've expressed for the first time that day and pour the milk in from the bottle. I never have any difficulty pouring the milk into the bag, I've never spilt any of the precious boobie juice. I'll then seal the bag and put it in the fridge until the next time I've pumped when I'll add more milk to the bag. As I express every two to three hours during the day, each bag is opened and closed in excess of five times and still seals as tightly as the first time and never leaks.
On the few occasions I've had more than enough milk for a bottle at the end of the day (or not needed the bottle) I've used these to store milk in the freezer, writing details of the date it was pumped on the special area where details of whose milk it is, date pumped and amount. Once filled with more than an ounce of milk, the bags stand up in the fridge.
In the three weeks I've been using these bags, I've never had a single problem with them leaking or tearing. I find them so handy for storing milk throughout the day. Although they are clearing marked in ml and oz, these markings are only approximate, and very approximate at that. Last night a bag appeared to have 8oz in it, when in reality there was only 6oz, so I never rely on these markings.
However, I can't recommend these bags enough, for me at least they are a godsend. Yes I could store the milk in a bottle in the fridge and freeze any excess in ice cube trays before transferring to ordinary freezer bags. But these are so much more convenient. They are sterile, easy to fill and label, very secure (there's nothing worse than losing the milk it's just taken 20 minutes to express) and can be used in both the fridge and freezer. It's even easier to mix the milk back together once it splits than with a bottle, with a bottle the some of the thicker, fatty milk always sticks to the sides, but with these you can squidge it into the rest of the milk. My only real gripes are how much they cost, (£6.99 for 40 bags, each of which can only be used once, I do feel that I'm slightly been taken advantage of), they can't be defrosted in the microwave and the very inaccurate measurements. So these handy bags get a very respectable four stars out of five from me.
Pre-sterilised, easy seal bags are suitable for the fridge and the freezer. Specially designed for the storage of expressed breast milk.