Now that I seem to have a clear winner from the breast pump advice post (Medela Pump In Style), I have now switched my focus to breast milk storage. I am hoping that I will be able to pump enough to be a day ahead (at least) of my baby’s food needs. Even though I will continue to be a work from home mom that doesn’t have to leave her baby, I like to be prepared for anything. An even more insane thought, I would like to know that if my husband and I get the opportunity to be alone together for more than three hours that my baby won’t be starving without me. This baby, as with my daughter Eva, will have no shortage of loving grandparents. So, maybe a night out with my husband might not be a crazy thought that will only seem real in my dreams.
For breast milk storage, I am looking for something that is reliable (spills, tears, or cracks are not okay), reasonably priced, either drops in or transfers easily to a bottle, and has quick, easy clean up! I don’t want to spend hours every day washing and sterilizing. For Eva, we used the cheapie bottles made by Gerber (which I only sterilized upon purchasing). Since then, Gerber has changed the nipples to a harder plastic that do not vent well in my experience. So, Gerber probably isn’t happening this time around. That also means I am open to purchasing a bottle that goes along with the breast milk storage system. Amazon reviews aren’t overly helpful this time around because there doesn’t seem to be a clear winner or detailed enough reviews to know why some people like a certain type better than another. I realize that Medela pumps have tubes for storage purposes that I can pump directly into the tubes, but I was hoping for something that could be flattened to save space in my freezer. Any of you moms out there, if you have any breast milk storage system or bottle advice to give me, please leave me a comment, even if it is only the name of the brand you have used and love!
I will post the results next week for everyone!