Well, I asked for feedback on the blog here about what was the best breast milk storage system. I didn’t get much feedback on that post, so I started asking all of my real-life mommies. Everyone had a different answer. There wasn’t a single system that was mentioned more than any other by these ladies. Now what do I do? Well, I plan on following the advice I did hear time and again from these ladies. Here it is:
1. Buy the cheap stuff! Each one had started off with one expensive storage system or another, but none of them had stayed with it. One mom hadn’t been able to stick with breastfeeding for longer than 6 months, and her biggest lament was she felt she hadn’t gotten her money’s worth out of her storage system. The other moms (comprised of a group that breastfed until 12-24 months) all switched from the expensive reusable storage system to the cheapest disposable system they could find. None of them were any less or more satisfied with either product, which brings me to piece of advice number…
2. Storing breast milk can get messy no matter what you do! Don’t cry over spilled milk, seemed to be the general consensus. Sometimes bags and storage bottles break. Sometimes bags and storage bottles don’t seal as well as they should. There doesn’t seem to be a perfect answer for these issues.
3. Don’t drop the reusable storage bottles (such as those that come with the Medela pumps) while they are frozen because they will crack!
4. Do what works for me. That one is pretty simple. I think I can handle that!
In my research, I found a website with some helpful tips as well. It provides a list of suggested buys for breastfeeding accessories. Carol Johnson is the author and you can take a look here if you’re interested.