Getting Breast Milk from Bag to Bottle without spilling is a hold-your-breath kind of moment for all pumping moms.
‘Crying over spilled milk’ is a saying I am convinced a pumping mom made up.
So what are some of the best ways to get breast milk from bag to bottle?
Sophia Nguyen from Happy Baby Happy Earth takes us through some methods to help pumping moms save every drop of that precious liquid gold!
How To Transfer Breast Milk From Bag To Bottle With These Easy Methods
Guest Post by Sophia Nguyen
Breastmilk might be the main product you use for feeding your baby at the moment and it can be hard to transfer it from the bag to the bottle. When the milk is pumped, storing it in the bag is the safest option and it means the milk will never leak or have problems when stored for prolonged periods of time.
Since this is a problem many mothers struggle with, we have decided to investigate and find the most efficient ways of transferring breastmilk from the bag to the bottle to ensure that you can feed your baby when they need to be fed. These methods have been tested and they do work for the transferring process.
Top Methods For Transferring Breastmilk From The Bag To The Bottle:
Are you tired of spilling the milk that was so painful to pump in the first place and you want an efficient method to ensure that the milk is transferred without any problems?
Well, we have tested a couple of methods to find those that will work the best. Here are the most efficient methods you can try to do it:
1 – Pump it directly into the bottle:
While this method might be a little hard to do at first, the breast pumps will often allow you to do this. The milk will not be wasted and it can be readily accessed for the baby when they are hungry and need to be fed.
Unfortunately, the drawback is the storage and the bottle will not be the best way to store the milk for prolonged periods of time.
This method is fast and efficient if you have the right breast pump.
2 – Use a funnel from the bag to the bottle:
The funnel is a revolutionary piece of technology for squeezing liquid into smaller spaces. It enables you to pour the breastmilk from the bag into the bottle if needed.
However, the bag might be hard to handle and it could slip out of your hands at any moment. In addition, the funnel could fall out. If you consider using this method for transferring the breastmilk to the bottle, you will need some assistance to ensure that everything does stay in place.
It is also worth noting that you should use a food grade funnel and something that will not contaminate any of the milk during the process. When purchasing one, you should look for it to be FDA approved not contain any harmful additives.
3 – Buy a breastmilk storage bottle:
As you can see, we are not really keen on the bags, but they are effective for storing the milk and freezing it after you have pumped. The downsides are that the bags can easily rip or tear and this will be really frustrating, but thankfully, storage bottles or containers have also been designed to simplify the process.
Pouring the milk from the storage container or bottle into the drinking bottle is much easier and the bottle is solid so it is also steadier to use.
The bottles can also be reused and most breast pumps will come with adapters that will ensure they fit on the bottle. To avoid the hassles of transferring from bag to bottle, we recommend a solid container. They are available in both glass and plastic.
4 – Only make a small hole in the bag if you are in a rush:
You might need to transfer it immediately and buying a funnel can be too time-consuming.
Since these bags are mostly designed for one use, it can work if you make a small hole in the corner of the bag. This will give you the same effect as using bags of milk in your home. It will be much easier to control and you can easily pour the milk into the bottle.
However, there is a risk associated with spilling and messing some of the milk.
This should only be used as a last-ditch effort if you are out of time. Also, keep in mind that the bag will be ruined and you need to use a new one for storing milk from then on. Using the funnel method should be your best option.
Which One Will You Use?
This is one of the toughest topics to really help mothers with and it mostly comes down to basic physics and how to keep the spilling to a minimum. Nevertheless, these methods should help you when it comes to getting the milk in the bottle and we would recommend them.
We would like to thank you for reading this article and if you have used any other methods, please let us know in the comment section.
This guest post is written by Sophia Nguyen, from Healthy Baby Happy Earth
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