I don't review every product I receive. Lately I haven't even bothered with reviews because I haven't felt up to it. I don't want to waste my time writing about something I feel blah about, so when DexBaby sent me their new breastmilk storage system MilkBank, I was skeptical. Having pumped my milk for all three of my kids, I've tried dozens of bags and bottles and trays (breastmilk popsicles anyone?), and only a couple didn't leak or frustrate me.
What MilkBank provides, however, is actually useful -- a vacuum pump system that not only saves milk for longer than the average 4-6 months but reportedly keeps it fresher than just storing it in a bag or regular bottle. By eliminating the oxygen trapped in the bottle your expressed breastmilk is in (you attach a vacuum pump to a cap, give it a quick few pumps and you're done -- well, first you detach the pump and put the bottle in the freezer), your milk stays safe for a lot longer. That's important for breastfeeding mothers who have to leave their little ones with caregivers for work.
- Vacuum-sealed breastmilk retains the taste and nutrient content of milk
- Milk stays fresher for a longer period of time
- No leaks (at least for me)
- Insulated feeding bottles (sold separately from the storage bottles) keep thawed milk warm, since you can't microwave breastmilk
- All components are lead, phthalate, PVC, and BPA free
- Affordable (starter kit is $24.99, but 3-packs of storage bottles are only $9.99)
- You can't pump directly into the bottles
- Vacuum pump adds an extra step before freezing bottle
- Bottles have extra parts (vent straws), but so do other popular bottles like Dr. Brown's
- You must buy MilkBank bottles/caps for the pump to work
Regardless of what breastmilk storage system you use, pumping and saving your milk, while not easy, is the key to a successful breastfeeding relationship when you work part or full time -- or just want a day or date out without your baby in tow. Happy breastfeeding!