Breastmilk Storage Bags are a things of the past
Let me start off by saying that as a breastfeeding mom I completely understand the need for breastmilk storage bags! However, there are a few things that bother me about them as well.
First, is that they are made out of plastic! Did you know that a recent study found microplastics in the placentas of unborn babies! Additionally, it's estimated that our little ones are exposed to 1.6m microplastic particles A DAY during their first year of life when fed with plastic bottles! Microplastics are made up of a handful of harmful chemicals which have toxic effects and contain carcinogenic properties, which give us or our babies a higher chance of cancer. I had to look into a solution to try to avoid my little girl ingesting these harmful toxins that could potentially give her cancer later in life.
Second, is the reoccurring cost. Depending on the brand were talking about $15 (give or take) for 100 bags. Now depending on how much milk you produce and how full your making your bags, that can quickly run out and you have to buy more, and spend another $15 and another and another and so on until you stop producing milk.
Third, the waste! I like to take the greener approach to the products I buy when its not going to break the bank. While I would love to purchase the eco-friendly version of everything sometime that option is no budget friendly. Every time I throw one of these plastic baggies in the trash, it makes me feel like I've disappointed mother earth.
Lastly, the freezer mess! I don't know about you, but zip locks are my nemesis, I subconsciously always worry that I never sealed it tight right and the milk is going to leak all over my freezer. Also, given that they are a plastic bag, I worry that anyone who opens the freezer and starts putting things in there is going to pop one of the bags and its going to leak out either in my freezer or during the defrost stage. Also, trying to nicely organize these little baggies without putting them in a bulky storage organizer doesn't work for my freezer.
The Breast Milk Bag Storage Game Changer
The breastmilk storage bags didn't work for us due to all of the reasons mentioned above, I quickly had to find another solution as I didn't want to take another trip to the store and spend $15 on these things. I looked into silicone reusable breastmilk storage bags, you know to avoid the microplastics and so I wouldn't have to constantly spend money on new ones, but like I said earlier, the greener alternative sometimes isn't budget friendly. I know that over time I would spend less money buying the silicones ones, but I just couldn't see myself spending close to $100 on these things. So I continued to look and look and boy did it pay off! I managed to find an alternative solution to breastmilk storage bags that was not only eco-friendly and reusable but also extremely affordable that I didn't have to think twice about it.
Why Breast Milk Storage Containers Aren't Necessary
Now, when I need to dig into my freezer stash, all I have to do is pull out a few sticks, put them in her silicone bottle and warm it up. While they are being stored in plastic zip locks bags, I do still feel better about the amount of microplastics being transferred into the milk than as if I were using the standard storage bags. The milk only gets put into the plastic bags once its already frozen, and its thawed and warmed up in her silicone bottle, instead of the storage bag. Given that the milk is already frozen into popsicles when it goes inside the plastic bag, also little to none harmful toxins get transferred over when compared to the storage bag process of freezing and thawing/warming.
So this very affordable breastmilk milk tray really solved all four my problems that I had when it came to breastmilk storage bags. My first problem regarding microplastics, was solved since these trays are BPA free and the milk is not being frozen or defrosted in the plastic bags. My second issue of the reoccurring cost, well this is a one time investment of roughly $20.00 which is almost the same price as one box of 100 milk storage bags. My third problem regarding the
waste, well I am pretty sure I've earned a few kudo points in Mother Earth's book as I no longer toss those little bags in the trash on a regular basis. And my last problem of the mess I fear, well the plastic lid that covers the tray eliminates my need of messing with the zip lock and the hard plastic shell protects it from anything anyone will carelessly drop on top of it.
Before you spend another penny on breast milk bags from any store, I highly recommend you give these breastmilk milk trays a try. After starting this, I could never imagine myself going back to the storage bags. These are not just more convenient for me but better for my amazing little girl who deserves the best!