A breastfeeding mom essential — especially if she's pumping and storing breast milk for her baby — are breast milk containers or bags. Many moms opt for breast milk bags because container bottles are too bulky and take so much space in a freezer or insulated bag. (Click here for mom-recommended breast milk bags.)
Many breast milk bags available today are made of plastic — thankfully, they claim to be safe from harmful chemicals. But almost all of them are recommended for single-use only. Many nursing moms are left with difficult choices between space-saver single-use plastic bags or bulky but environment-friendly containers or bottles.
The good news is that breastfeeding moms now have the option of using space-saving but reusable non-plastic breast milk bags, thanks to Zip Top, a brand of silicone zippered containers. The company, designed and headed by industrial designer and mompreneur, Rebecca Finell, recently launched their breast milk bags. (They have snack containers for toddlers, too!)
According to its website, Zip Top's products are made with 100% platinum silicone, the highest grade that passes all U.S. and European standards of food safety. They also do not contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), lead, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates, which are all harmful to the human body.
They're also safe to use in the oven (up to 220°Celsius) or microwave. Zip Top's breast milk bags are also safe in the freezer. They will not burst or leak, as long as they're filled up to the "fill line" to ensure there is room for liquid expansion when the milk freezes. It's also recommended to keep the bags upright. Don't worry, the bags have a flat base, so they won't be easily tipped over.
The best thing about Zip Top is they're reusable, so that's a big plus for environment-conscious homes. The product is designed like a container with lid, except you don't need to worry about missing covers or matching them as you just zip them to seal. They're easy to clean, just wash with soap and rinse with water or put it on the top-rack of your dishwasher.
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You can use a washable pen to write on the bags and label your breast milk and then wash it off later. To thaw out frozen breast milk, simply place the bag on a basin of warm water. It also has "pour corners" that make it easier to transfer the milk into a bottle when it's ready. This ensures that not a drop of your precious liquid gold will go to waste.
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