Milk Trays – a breast milk and baby food freezing system invented by moms for moms!
Let’s face it – pumping and storing breast milk takes effort. It is a labor of love, of course, but hard work nonetheless. But, if pumping and storing your breast milk helps you reach your breastfeeding goals and allows your child to have your breast milk for as long as possible, it is worth every bit of effort, right?
Milk Trays, a breast milk freezing system, can help to make this chore easier. At first glance, Milk Trays look similar to typical ice cube trays. But, take a closer look and you will see that Milk Trays are much, much more. Unlike ice cube trays, Milk Trays are specifically designed for expressed milk with a total of 16 semi-cylinder cavities holding 1 oz. each.
Most importantly, Milk Trays are made from PET plastic, a food-safe plastic that contains no bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, or dyes. Milk Trays freeze your milk in 1-ounce “Milk Sticks” that fit through ALL bottle openings and allow you to thaw just the right amount of milk for each feeding – so that not a drop of your “liquid gold” goes to waste. Milk Trays have fitted lids that protect your milk while it freezes and allow for space-saving stacking in the freezer, and the trays are flexible enough to allow the Milk Sticks to be removed easily. And, last but not least, Milk Trays are reusable – making them the most economical and environmentally-friendly choice for freezing your breast milk.
Wondering how much milk baby needs? Read our articles about feeding your baby at 7 weeks, and throughout the first year.
Instructions for use:
1) Pour breast milk directly into trays just below the “fill line” – Do not overfill (milk will expand as it freezes).
2) Cover trays with lid and place in freezer, milk will be frozen in 3-4 hours.
3) After removing frozen trays, wait approx. 30-45 seconds before flexing to remove your milk sticks. For a demonstration, please click here.
4) To remove milk sticks, hold tray at both ends and begin flexing back and forth several times. As the milk sticks begin separating it will become easier to flex the tray.
5) Place sticks into a ziplock bag (quart size recommended) and place back in freezer for future use.
6) Hand wash trays. DO NOT PUT TRAYS IN THE DISHWASHER.
When it’s time to introduce solids, use the Milk Trays to freeze homemade baby food!
Is your baby ready to start eating solid foods? With so many pre-packaged baby foods available, finding the healthiest foods from the grocery store shelves can be a difficult chore.
Instead of spending valuable time in the supermarket aisles scrutinizing baby food jar labels, many parents find it easier and more comforting (not too mention more economical) to make baby foods at home. Homemade baby foods are fresher and more nutrient-dense than many pre-packaged baby foods. And, by making your own, you get to choose exactly what goes into the foods your baby is eating – that means no additives, preservatives, starchy fillers, sugar or sodium!
But, life with a baby is hectic and unpredictable, so trying to make homemade baby food each day can become burdensome. Making a big batch of baby food from your favorite vegetables or fruits and freezing it for later use is a great way to be sure you have food ready for your baby when you need it.
To view answers to some commonly asked questions pertaining to Milk Trays, see the FAQ’s.
I really want to love this environmental friendly option for milk storage. However, the milk sticks are incredibly hard to expel from the container, even after I’ve let them thaw slightly on the counter for a few minutes. Time is so precious in motherhood, and spending a few minutes trying to expel the sticks from their respective containers can feel so aggravating. Conceptually, the idea is fantastic. I hope that this product can be improved.
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I loved the thought of being able to freeze single ounces so you only have to defrost and use what you need. The unfortunate part about storing these is that there’s no way to label the date the milk was expressed. When transferring it to a ziplock bag you are mixing milk from many dates, and the ziplock bags aren’t sterilized. You can store them in smaller bags to label the dates better, but this takes up a lot of space in the freezer. To defrost it, you need a fairly large container, you can’t fit more than one or two in a bottle at a time. This product needs a component that helps you easily defrost what you need.
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