Most mothers, despite being busy, are supporters of breastfeeding. And you can make the necessary supply of breast milk during your absence by freezing it.
Milk freezer bags
Collecting breast milk in bags is very convenient because the bag will take up little space in the freezer. Breast milk freezer bags are sterile, made of durable food grade material and equipped with a special zipper (many manufacturers make it double or even triple) to avoid leakage no matter in what position the product was stored.
Each bag is marked with a scale for determining the volume of milk it contains. There is also a field for specifying the pumping date, which allows you to track the shelf life. Before opening the bag for the first time, cut off the upper part - the protective strip, then open the zipper and pour milk into the bag.
Before closing the bag, remove excess air from it by pinching the empty space of the bag between your fingers. Then you need to squeeze the fastener and check the bag for leaks. If everything is in order, you can freeze breast milk in the chamber.
The principle of the bag for expressing and freezing breast milk is the same, regardless of the manufacturer. However, some companies are trying to bring something special to their product. For example, Medela Pump & Save bags have a special adhesive tape that allows them to be attached directly to the breast pump, making it especially convenient to collect breast milk.
Milk freezer bags from the Japanese manufacturer Pigeon have a special spout for easy filling with breast milk, and after defrosting, milk can be poured from the bottom of the bag, which ensures complete sterility of the product. The only drawback of all packages is their one-time use.
Breast milk storage containers and bottles
Breastfeeding experts and pediatricians say breast milk can be stored in regular food grade plastic containers and glass bottles. However, some manufacturers have tried to make storage more convenient.
For example, the renowned manufacturer of products for babies and mothers, Avent, has developed a special set of reusable containers that are convenient for storing breast milk in the freezer. Containers with a capacity of 160 and 220 ml are easy to sterilize, and adapt to various kitchen needs, not only after stopping breastfeeding, but even for storing various kinds of products that have nothing to do with the baby's nutrition, which is undoubtedly a great advantage and justification for the price of the set.