Disposable bags are great for storing different kinds of personal and hygiene products, but they aren’t a good option when it comes to breast milk storage. Breast milk storage containers often don’t keep the contents sanitary enough to be safe for babies. The following article will help you determine if breast milk storage bags are a good choice for storage.
If you want to use disposables for breast milk storage, you have a few options. One option is to use the standard freezer bag and label it “breast milk”. In this case, you could just use this one of a kind breast milk storage container with the plain breast milk tag on it.
Some are so accustomed to their own reusable bags that they don’t even think twice about using them for anything related to their milk. These moms have all the confidence in the world in their plastic storage containers, as long as there is nothing harmful or potentially infectious lurking inside the packaging.
I recommend using containers that are not only biodegradable and environmentally friendly, but are also inexpensive and lightweight. You may be able to find a cheaper or smaller container, but the best ones are reusable or recyclable so that you can use them again for any number of reasons.
Simple Cloth Purse
Another option is to use a simple cloth purse or outfit bag. Simply buy a disposable bag or two, which will be labeled according to their use, and use them when you need to store your breast milk. When you are ready to use them again, simply wash them in a public laundry.
Disposables can become a problem for some women who have delicate skin. They can shed the breast milk at the slightest provocation, which means that these disposable bags can wind up collecting more germs than it could ever possibly absorb. This means that you should be extremely careful with where you keep these. For those of you who are breastfeeding, and use disposables, please note that the breast milk is not the only thing that can come through the plastic.
Ideas To Avoid Problems
Most disposables come with a temperature control feature, and most moms will find that there is a way to keep the temperature of the breast milk at a comfortable level. Be careful, though, as it’s easy to accidentally heat up the breast milk too much or even burn yourself. Here are some ideas for how to avoid these problems:
The biggest problem that moms have with disposables is that they tend to heat up the breast milk too much, causing it to transfer from its original packaging into the plastic container. Make sure that the nipple doesn’t get hot enough that it triggers a reaction with the container. Try placing the bottle or the dispenser away from the heat source if you can.
Make sure that you always have an open bottle of breast milk in hand. If you don’t have one to keep, think about buying a bottle warmer or even a breast milk storage tray, which will make cleaning up the cooler a breeze.
Keep Other Items Clean
Try to use the other things that you have lying around that can be used for storing breast milk, like a big cloth bag or a washcloth. Keeping your other items clean and sterilized is very important. Using the same things you would use for your other laundry items can keep your surroundings germ free.
If you have a bigger container that can accommodate a larger amount of breast milk, be sure to use it. Using a smaller container can make it difficult to manage, especially if you are breastfeeding, and can create the potential for it to transfer easily from the container to the breast milk.
Finding the right options for breast milk storage can be a challenge. If you take your time and think about what is best for you, you should be able to find the right solution for you and your baby.