There are a lot of essential tools for nursing mothers and breast milk storage bags are one of them. Breast milk storage bags allows the mothers to be away from their babies and at the same time alleviate their worry that their babies are not getting enough food. They need not worry anymore considering mothers can now pump their breast milk and put them in breast milk storage bags. There are breast pumps that are directly connected to the breast milk storage bags so pumping milk in them is hassle-free. After pumping the milk, they can store these breast milk storage bags in the refrigerator or freezer for future use.
It is advisable and at the same time it is a great idea to have breast milk stored in the freezer. There are a lot of unforeseen contingencies and it is better that the babies have ample supply of breast milk in case the mother would be called away from the baby.
Better label the breast milk storage bag of the date as to when breast milk is pumped into it.
This is a significant thing to do because a properly stored breast milk storage bag means a longer shelf life. For the sake of your baby’s health, you should be aware how long the milk has been stored.
If you leave the milk at room temperature, then it should only last between 4 to 8 hours. Refrigerated milk inside a breast milk storage bag, usually lasts from 3 days to a week.
If you think that the milk won’t be consumed within those times, then the next thing to do is freeze it. It is advisable to consume it within 3 to 4 months though and it is important to note that once the frozen milk is thawed, do not refreeze it.
This is why storing milk in the freezer should be in small amounts. This is because once the frozen breast milk storage bag is thawed, you cannot refreeze it again and if the baby is not capable of finishing the contents of the bag, then it would just go to waste. You should consider putting in small portions inside the breast milk storage bag so there would be less waste. If you are conserving resources, you can use other items such as sterilized baby food jars in lieu of breast milk storage bags.