Jun 14, 2008
When you freeze bags, lay them flat in the freezer. after they are frozen, you can stand them upright- it saves TONS of space. That is how I froze bags. Once I had 8-10 bags frozen, I would put them all into a gallon sized ziplock and label the ziplock with the month it was pumped. if you ended up pumping a lot, this is a helpful way to keep the milk organized in the freezer. The bags are expensive, so I always put at least 6 oz in a bag. It does take a while for them to defrost in the fridge, but we figured out a great trick- I would fill a deli soup container (the taller kind) with cold tap water, drop the bag in, and put the whole thing in the fridge. It would defrost in a fraction of the time, but stayed cold so you could keep it in there up to 24 hrs. If i needed less than 6 ounces, i gently mixed the layers, poured what i needed into a bottle, and warmed what i needed. It was cool- as the milk defrosted, ice actually formed around the bag.
you can add COLD milk to a bag you started in the fridge. Put the bottle you pumped into into the fridge to cool off before adding it to the milk already there. Adding warm milk to cold milk results in warming of the milk. You would have to use it within 1 hr or 2.
a word of caution- certain bags tend to leak, especially defrosting. or you may just get a bad batch of a normally good brand. a good way to avoid tears over spilled milk is to drop the bag into a small ziplock as you defrost it. any leaks are caught by the extra baggie.
Milk that has been frozen will often change in color, smell or taste. This is normal and does not mean that the milk is spoiled. Unfortunately, some babies will not take frozen milk. Thankfully, mine did. If your baby does not, you may want to save it and try again in a few weeks. She or he may take it when older. Don't panic. Worst comes to worst, you can save it to make cereal when she or he is older, or you can mix it with formula if/when you start formula.