Let's be honest. If you're looking for breast milk storage bags (which is the best way to store your breast milk), you're probably breastfeeding. If you're breastfeeding, you probably have a small(ish) baby. And if you have a small(ish) baby, you're tired. And busy. And tired.
The bottom line: You don't have all day to read pages upon pages about the intricacies of breast milk storage bags. You wanna get in and out. Am I right?
With that in mind, we've simplified the process by rounding up the top 7 breast milk storage bags for you and highlighting all of their features and their pros and cons so you can make a quick but informed decision, get on with your life, and go do something else that's important like... say... pumping breast milk!
We take an up-close look at the following brands:
Before we begin though, we want to tell it to you like it is. No beating around the bush. Maybe you should be sitting down for this.
Are you ready?
No breast milk storage bag is 100% leakproof. It's the sad truth. If you look at people's experiences with every single brand of bags, they have all seen leakage with every single one of them.
That being said, some bags are thicker than others, some are easier to pour from, some you can pump right into!
We're going to bring you up to speed on all of that, but please do keep in mind that if a company says their bags never ever leak, well, we'd take that with a grain of salt. And make a back-up plan (read on for ideas on how to do that).
Now, if you're on the fence about which brand to go with, we've spelled out the finer points below, which should help you pick one without taking all day. After all, you can't trust just anyone to hold your hard-pumped "liquid gold"...
Medela is pretty much synonymous with awesomeness and all things breast milk-related. They're known for their fabulous breast pumps, but do their bags live up to their reputation? Read on.
These 5 oz. bags have the following redeeming qualities:
If you want to see exactly how they work, check out this short video from the peeps at Medela.
These breast milk storage bags are another popular option.
These 6 oz. bags have a lot of the qualities you should look for when picking the bag that's right for you.
Here's a list of some of their best features:
These here bags are a top seller and a very popular option among nursing moms. You definitely should consider them and check out their features below.
For a look at how to use these bags, check out this video from Lansinoh.
Dr. Brown's bags are another heavyweight in this segment. But who is this Dr. Brown anyway?
Dr. Brown is a highly trusted name in breastfeeding products, and these bags have the following features:
If you want to see the bags in action, check out this video from Dr. Browns. It's less than a minute.
HoneySuckle bags are another option for you breastfeeding moms. They may not be the most well-known brand, but they have a great product and a loyal following.
The main features of these bags are as follows:
Another option we ladies have is Evenflo, an excellent company that has been around for 3 decades. To use their bags is to love them.
Additional things you should know about these baggies include:
Check out this short video from Evenflo highlighting some of their bags' best qualities.
Philips Avent is a big name in baby products, so it stands to reason the company would have some kickass breast milk storage bags.
Here's the 411 on these bags:
If you want to see how the bags stack up to each other in terms of their main characteristics, check out the table below and compare their specs.
25, 50, 100
50, 100, 150,
Yes! With a hack!
50, 100, 300
Dual track zipper
It's important to be familiar with the do's and don'ts of breast milk storage: how long does it stay fresh, how long can it last in the fridge or freezer, and how to thaw it, among other topics. Check out the very helpful information here and here for the lowdown.
It's also important that you be careful with your frozen bags. Falling on the floor or even hitting each other ever so slightly could lead to tiny nicks and tears, which could in turn cause your milk to leak when defrosting.
With that in mind, you need to be very careful when storing the bags, and you might want to consider investing in a breast milk storage organizer to ensure that the bags don't bang up against one another. It may very well be the best breast milk storage system around.
When thawing your milk, you want to safeguard against any potential leaks. Many a mama has cried over spilt milk, and with good reason. Consider putting the storage bag inside a Ziplock bag and then letting it thaw, or placing it inside a bowl to catch any milk that might escape. Better safe than sorry.
Also keep in mind that milk will expand once frozen, so don't fill the bag up to the brim or you're asking for trouble.
The honest truth is that, for the most part, the bags are very similar.
Sure, some have a double zipper, some seem thicker, and others feel more pliable. But the best way to find the bags that are best for you is to pick one brand, buy a small box, and try them out.
Don't go all-in with any one brand if you're a noob to the breastmilk storage game.
People complain about some aspect of all of the bags, and no brand has escaped the ire of an angry mom who has watched her hard-pumped milk slowly leak out of a bag. We'd like to give a shout out to Honeysuckle here, as they tell it like it is: "No storage bag is 100% leak-proof". It's the truth.
So what's a girl to do?
Buy a small box of one brand, and try them out. If they work, rock on with 'em! If not, move on to another!
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