How to Use Reusable Breast Milk Storage Bags?
How to Use Reusable Breast Milk Storage Bags?

Breast milk is the most important food for your baby, which provides all the nutrition the baby needs. Many mothers that are breastfeeding their babies storage breast milk in the fridge or in the freezer. Frozen breast milk can be kept in the fridge for 4 days and frozen for much longer. When you thaw it your baby will have a perfectly balanced meal, even if you are not at home. Breast milk is usually stored in reusable breast milk storage bags. How to use reusable breast milk storage bags? How many pieces do you need to buy? Let’s see.

Reusable breast milk storage bags are made out of a special kind of silicone, but they are perfectly safe for storing breast milk. They do not contain BPA and they are FDA approved. Also, they can be sterilized the same way you sterilize all other baby equipment – baby bottles and pumps. Reusable breast milk storage bags are durable – they are meant to be reused and they won’t leak after a couple of times you fill them. 

Storage bags will allow you to safely transport and store expressed breast milk. There are also disposable breast milk storage bags, but reusable ones are far more economical version.

So, how to use reusable breast milk storage bags? Just fill them with breast milk, right? Depending on the kind of bags you use, you can attach them directly to the breast pump and fill them immediately when you express breast milk. This way is practical, but you’ll maybe express a bigger amount of breast milk than you want to storage in one bag.

Another method is to pump milk into a bottle and pour it into the reusable breast milk storage bag. You can easily decide how big portions you want to store. Fully open the storage bag and pour the breast milk into the desired graduated line. It’s easy, and practical.

After you fill the breast milk storage bag, push out all the air. That way you’ll prevent air bubbles in the breast milk and you’ll get more storage space in your fridge or freezer. Seal tightly to prevent any leaks and write a little label with quantity and the date of freezing.

How to Use Reusable Breast Milk Storage Bags
Reusable breast milk storage bags filled with breast milk (shutterstock.com)

How to thaw breast milk in a reusable storage bag?

The thawing process is equally important as breast milk expression and freezing, so you give your baby bacteria-free milk. Thaw frozen breast milk during the night in the refrigerator. If you’re in a hurry you can also thaw it in a bowl of warm water or under running warm water. Never thaw breast milk at room temperature! Once breast milk is thawed, pour it into a baby bottle and give it to your baby. Always use the oldest breast milk you stored and never re-freeze once thawed breast milk.

Do we need to wash the breast milk storage bag before use?

Yes. Before every use, you need to carefully wash and sterilize reusable breast milk storage bags. If you pump breast milk manually, ensure your fingers don’t come in touch with breast milk. No matter how clean your fingers might look, bacteria could contaminate a baby’s food and cause cramps and other kinds of problems.

How many reusable breast milk storage bags do I need?

6 months baby eats about 750ml breast milk daily. If you leave your baby with the nanny, you’ll need at least 4 to 5 reusable breast milk storage bags, depending on their size.