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This is a review for Lansinoh Breastmilk storage bags. I brought these following a recommendation from a friend who had used them with both of her children. Lansinoh do a great range of products for breastfeeding mothers including both an electric and manual breast pump, disposable nursing pads (see previous review) and HPA Lanolin nipple cream to ease sore nipples.
The bags are used to store breastmilk in once it has been expressed to use at a later date. The breastmilk can be stored in the freezer for up to six months (three months in a freezer compartment of a fridge).
Before adding the milk, there is a tab at the top where you can write the date that the milk was expressed and the volume. The bags hold up to 180ml or 6 fluid ounces and have markings on the front of the bag so that you can see the amount of milk in the bag. I write the amount as per the bottle which I expressed in to as I have found this more accurate. The bags are sterilised so the milk can be poured straight in. The opening is wide enough to avoid any spillage. The bottom is gusseted to allow the bag to expand and also so that it will stand once filled. There is a double zip lock seal to ensure the bag is securely closed and there are no leaks.
I have found these bags very easy to use. I have had no spillages when pouring the milk in. When freezing I have laid the bags flat to make storage easier and have had no leaks. By doing this it also means that the milk can take less time to defrost when needed. It is also easy to pour back into a bottle to be fed to your baby. As yet I haven't stored any milk for an extended period, but my friend has told me that she had no split bags or any other issues with storing milk for the recommended maximum time of six months. The milk can be defrosted by leaving to thaw, or by running under a warm tap.
I will continue to buy this product whilst I am breastfeeding my daughter to ensure that if I am out there is milk ready for her.
A box of 50 storage bags costs £8.99 from Mothercare or are available on Amazon for £8.44 including delivery (about 17p per bag). I did look for a cheaper alternative, but Boots own brand are £7.49 for 30 (about 25p per bag).
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I have been using Avent VIA cups to store my breastmilk, however they were taking up too much room in the freezer. I didn't even realise these bags existed it was only when I was on Amazon that they were shown in my recommendations. I ordered a pack which contained 25 bags and cost me £5.98.
The bags themselves come in a white plastic wallet through which you can pull out one at a time. The bags are see through with purple writing on them showing measurements in oz's and ml's. The bags are made from a food safe plastic called polyethylene which contains no additives so there is no risk of any of these substances getting into your breastmilk. The bags are double zipped for security and have a separate tab attached to the top so that you can write the date the milk was expressed. By having a separate tab it means there is no chance of damaging the bag and contaminating the milk or causing it to leak.
The bags are simple to use, you remove the safety seal at the top of the bag (all of the bags are presterilised) you then pull the zipper apart and pour in the breastmilk. The instructions recommend you make a note of how much milk is in each bag so you can write it on the top of the bag along with the date. You then need to remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing you do this by using your fingers like a scissors to press the air upwards. The bag can then be double sealed before freezing.
The great thing about these bags is that they can be stored upright or flat in the freezer, this means that they will fit nicely among other things in there!
When you are ready to use the milk you have to defrost gently so not to destroy any of the goodness in the milk. You can either leave the bag at room temperature for 24 hours or run under a warm tap. Once the milk is thawed it can be stored unopened in the fridge for up to 24 hours, after this it must be consumed or discarded. If the milk settles in the bag you can also shake it gently and the bag will not leak.
I would recommend these for all breastfeeding mum's who express milk, they save so much space so you can store more milk. I don't know how I managed without these but they are now an essential for me! They are also shaped to fit in your hand so they are easy to pour milk into and out of minimising spills.
You can store the milk for up to 6 months in a freezer -18c.
Well when I was pregnant with my first baby I was pretty keen to breastfeed but I was also aware that my husband wanted to do his part and feed the baby too so we decided to combine both to allow him to feed baby when I was not there or to help me out.
I needed to express milk to be able to do this and then came the problem of how to store the product, so I turned to Lansinoh Breast Storage bags as I had received several as free samples at the hospital and they looked ideal to use and store the milk in the freezer for when it would be needed.
The bags are oblong clear bags which have measurements in ml and oz it seals securely at the top with two resealable fastenings and there is also a section to write on the date and the volume included inside. The good design about the bags is that you can write easily once the bag has been filled as it is a separate style tab at the top which sticks up in a kind of strange shape as you can see from the image above.
The bottom of the bag expands once filled so it can stand up if required and also allows it to expand.
To use the bags it is really simple, simply tear off the strip at the top of the bag and carefully open the resealable seal which will open the bag, the bags are sterile so you can poor the breast milk into the bags and then reseal once filled, ensuring any excess air has been removed and the store in the freezer where in a deep freeze it can be stored for up to 6 months.
As a guideline full term breastmilk can be left at room temperature for up to 6 hours.
It can be stored in a refrigerator (<4 °C) for up to 72 hours
If you have a single-door refrigerator with freezer section, breastmilk can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks (due to continuous open/closing of freezer door)
If you have a two-door refrigerator/freezer, breastmilk can be stored in the freezer section for 3 to 4 months Deep freeze at a constant 0°F (-18°C) for 6 months.
I do however recommend that you check as this could change.
When you are ready to use the milk it is important to remove the milk from the freezer and defrost thoroughly in the fridge provided it is unopened it can be left there for up to 24 hours, if you defrost at room termperature it should be used within 4 hours and never refrozen and heat under warm, running water.
Using the bags takes up less room and you have the measurements and date which is helpful to ensure that your baby is well taken care of. It is important to store them well in the freezer as they can easily be caught or tear so it may be a good idea to store flat on a flat box product or even in a tub to prevent any damage.
The bags are a great way to store sterile milk and to ensure that you always have supplies for Dad when he is doing the feeds. The bags are strong and durable and completely safe for your baby. They don't take up much room in the freezer or fridge and its easy to notice that they are for breastmilk so no nasty accidents when reaching in the fridge half asleep!
While I was pregnant and preparing for the birth of my daughter, milk stoarge bags were definitely not on my list of things to buy. However, I was given some at a baby shower and as I thanked the giver profusely wondered why on earth these bags had been invented when there is Tupperware! How naive I was!
These bags are brilliant for storing expressed milk and if you are a breastfeeding mother I would whole-heartedly recommend that you invest in some. This is why I like them:
- They come with a tear-off seal so that they are already sterile and you don't have to cram even more into your steriliser.
- Each bag can store up to 6oz milk (I think this would store even the most highly lactating mother's milk)
- Bags can be refrigerated or frozen easily and squash into space available (unlike Tupperware)
- Bags have a place to write date and quantity of milk on, and the packet has a guide on the bag on how long to keep milk
- Bags take up very little room (until you fill them of course)
-Bags make it clear that they do not contain regular milk and say 'My Mommy's Milk' on them, so that unsuspecting babysitters don't end up with odd tasting cups of tea!
-The bags can be put in hot water to warm up the milk to the correct temperature for baby's feed or to defrost
The only negative points are that the bags are not reusable and I always feel a little pang of guilt whenever I throw one away after using the contents. Also, they are quite expensive at £8.99 for 50 at Mothercare, but I justify this by thinking that I am probably saving money by breastfeeding rather than using formula.
These are fantastic little pouches that make life with a baby just a little bit more straightforward, but I'd probably wait to see if you are definitely going to be expressing milk before buying a pack.
Why use these
There often comes a point when your breastfeeding and expressing that you will want to store some expressed milk in the freezer. Generally for this you need some milk storage bags. I found the 3 bottles I had with my Medela Pump were great if the milk was going to be used in a couple of days but if not I wanted to decant the milk into to another container for the freezer, so I still had my bottles to enable me to express. I tried these ones straight away and becomes I never had any real problems with them I stuck with this brand.
What are they?
Lansinoh Breast milk Storage Bags are a pre-sterilized oblong bag with a double zipper to provide a secure seal. There is a write-on tab outside the fill area to eliminate potential punctures and milk contamination from pens. They are made from food-safe polyethylene the manufacturing process produces medical grade bags without using plasticisers, so preventing substances which could be harmful to your baby from getting into your breast milk. The bags come in a tissue pack dispenser for easy access and storage. The bags have a gusseted bottom to allow for the expansion that occurs in the freezing process,
How to use
*Tear off the safety seal at the top of the bag and open by gently pulling the zipper seal apart. The safety seal is what keeps the inside sterile
*Pour breast milk into the milk storage bag.
*Close the bag and mark the content in the inscription area. To avoid freezer burn, the air should be removed from the bag as completely as possible before freezing. To this properly take the bag between your forefinger and middle finger (like scissors) and press the air above the liquid level towards the zipper
*Seal the bag by compressing the double seal. Repeat the procedure to ensure safe sealing.
As most mums who have expressed breast milk will know it takes a while to express and you are left viewing the contents of the bottles as liquid gold. As such it is very important that these bags work properly as there is nothing worse than having spent time expressing only to lose the valuable breast milk.
I found these bags better than hard containers in the freezer because you can squeeze the air out and prevent freezer burn and they take up less room. If you follow a few of my tips they will take up even less room in the freezer and you will reduce the risk of the bags leaking. Prior to using the method below I had experienced some slight damage to the bag by them getting caught on other things in the freezer. Then during the defrosting period they leaked but since doing this method below I haven't had any problems.
I put my warm bags of milk into a rectangular Tupperware container and stack them up on top of one another. Then when I am ready to freeze the milk I put the container into the freezer and they freeze perfectly flat. I keep them in the Tupperware box in the freezer for several reasons this stops the bags getting knocked or scraped which can lead to them leaking in the defrosting stage. It also means that I can keep a track of the milk in the freezer as prior to doing this it was possible to lose then in the basket in the freezer. It also allows me to rotate the bags so that when I am defrosting them I use the in date order.
Another reason that I like these bags is that they are sterile which is especially important in the early stages of feeding a baby. I also like the fact that the plastic does not contain any chemical softeners and is medical grade plastic, as this stops me worrying about plastic leaking into the breast milk. I know neurotic mum stuff plastic leakage but it it's was one thing less for me to stress about!
I also like the tab of plastic that is away from the milk where you can write the date and amount on the bag as this to prevent any chemicals from your pen leaching into the milk or you accidentally piercing the bag and losing the breast milk.
When I defrost, I put the bag into a Tupperware just in case there has been a small nicks in the bags and hence a risk of leakage. The bag opens easily enough for you to decant the milk into the bottle for use.
One of the problems I do have with these bags is I am not sure how accurate the measurements on the side of the bag are. This was because it always seemed to read differently to the amount on the side of the bottle I had either expressed into or decanted the milk back into. Hence I would always write the amount on the top tab part and this I found to be a better way of knowing how many bags to take out of the freezer.
A great way to store expressed breast milk in the freezer in a sterile way just don't rely on the measurement on the bag to be too accurate. Also watch out that you don't nick the bag in the freezer or it may leak on defrosting. I would recommend these bags to any one wanting to freeze their breast milk.
I have bought mine from Mothercare for £4.99 for a box of 25 bags
Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags have a tissue pack dispenser for easy access and storage, double zipper for secure seal, write on tab outside fill area that eliminates potential puncture and ink contamination. With a gusseted bottom for expansion during freezi