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    Default EBM storage question

    I hope I don't sound like a complete twit writing this thread. I'm sure there is a really simple solution I just can't think of it

    My mum is babysitting DD this coming Monday night so I'm going to express so that there is a bottle.

    Usually I get 50-100ml at a time. If that's all that is going into the bottle there is no issue.

    My question is how on earth can I store the expressed milk so I can pour about 400ml (I want more than needed) in to one bottle when the milk separates? The separating isn't an issue if it's just my usual 100ml. I heat it up and the fat has dissolved back in to the milk.

    Can DD do without that fat if I have a few containers and it separates?

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    Are you just keeping each portion you pump in the fridge and then combining them to make one bottle, or are you freezing the portions?

    When I defrosted frozen EBM I would run it under warm water, so the fat would dissolve back into the milk, pour into the bottle and heat the whole bottle a bit more if needed.

    If you're combining bottles straight from the fridge you can just leave them out at room temperature for 5 minutes then swirl around a little and the fat should mix back in, you can then combine the bottles and heat.

    HTH?

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    agree with above post!!! if you are freezing it and want to defrost start by running it under cold wwater and gradually increasing the water temp until it thaws... this will help the milk not to separate etc...

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    I would store it in 4 x 100mL (or so) bottles and then your mum can just defrost as she needs. we used to defrost by putting it in a container of luke warm water. I have never heated EBM.

    You can buy the little Avent bottles (125mL). I found those a good size, as my son would never drink more than that in one go.

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    Oh by heating I mean just sitting the snap lock bag or the bottle in warm water. I don't microwave it.

    I wasn't going to freeze it, I've got enough in the freezer. I just want more than needed cause I won't be here. And that feed of the night is usually DD longest.

    I find even refrigerating it the milk separates. I've also only got 2 teats that DD will currently take so I need to make sure those two bottles are ready to go.

    I couldn't wrap my head around heating 4 separate containers so that the fat dissolves. I figured there had to be an easier way.

    ETA as a test run my mum gave DD a bottle today. She guzzled 60ml in under a minute (took me 40 minutes to express it lol) and then she had 8 minutes on me. Is 400ml allowing too much you think?
    Last edited by Mrs E; 10-08-2012 at 17:48.

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    But if you mix a couple of fridge batches together in a bottle, and give the bottle a shake, it will have the correct ratio and should mix together.

    I feel really dense, like I'm missing the point, lol. My son had so much EBM both from the fridge and freezer, but I can't remember the separation being an issue.

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    Haha sorry I'm probably explaining myself terribly!

    I find that the fat rim stays in the storage containers or snap lock bags (in the fridge) if I pour them straight in to the Tommee Tippee bottle. If I warm the EBM up in the storage container and snap locks bags then the fat dissolves back in to the milk successfully.

    On this occasion I want the Tommee Tippee bottle ready to go so my brain can't figure out how to make sure the milk and fat don't separate without involving any heat.

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    Oh, I see - I am having recollection of that fat ring on the bottles now.

    Can you just warm up the stored milk simultaneously and then pour it in the big bottle?

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    Yer I'm thinking mum will have to if there's no way around it. I was just trying to make it really easy for her.

    Haha thanks for your help and sorry for making no sense

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    Yes, i dont really understand your question either??

    I pump every night and on the third day i combine the two bottles from the previous two days into a snaplock bag and it goes in the freezer.

    When i combine, I just tip the two bottles straight into the bag. The glob of 'fat' (I've actually been told it's not fat at all, just the way it goes but I have no idea if thats true lol) and the rest just all goes in the bag together. When you heat the milk it all dissolves back in....


 

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