First let’s celebrate that you have breast milk to freeze! (Go Girl!) Here are some tips to make freezing your breast milk a little easier. Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. I am grateful for your support of this site in this way.
Tips on Freezing Breast Milk for Breastfeeding Moms
- Use bags instead of bottles. While bottles are totally okay, trust me I used bottles for the first month or two until I discovered how easy it was to thaw a bag of breast milk instead of a bottle. Bags take up less space. I loved the Lansinoh Storage Bags for storing breast milk.
- Store your milk in the middle of the freezer. Like most food and beverage items, storing in the middle of the freezer will help keep the milk at a consistent temperature as opposed to the freezer door.
- Store in a deep freezer. So I know most people may not have that option, but if you have one use it. Your milk can stay frozen for up to a year in a deep freezer. While breast milk stored in a normal freezer is good for up to 6 months. (Read more about how long you can freeze your milk here). If you’re interested in buying a deep freezer check your local newspaper for one. You can find a used deep freezer in really good condition for a fraction of the cost.
- Don’t fill storage containers all the way to the top. Milk expands as it freezes so it’s good to leave a little room.
- Freeze smaller quantities of breast milk. I would recommend freezing 2 to 4 ounces per bag or bottle. Freezing less may prevent you from thawing milk that doesn’t get used.
Bonus Tip: Make sure you seal and close your containers tight. There is nothing like spilling freshly pumped milk on the counter/sink/floor. (I’ve done this)
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