Pumping at work is a job in itself. So you’re definitely going to do everything in your power to protect each hard-earned ounce. As one mom learned, your storage container of choice plays a big role in keeping breast milk safe.
According to a recent Reddit post, breast milk went incognito in a communal office fridge, stored inconspicuously in a Coffee-mate container. But over the course of the week, the owner realized her stash was being depleted. So she took action, slapping a note on the container.
“To whomever has been enjoying my coffee creamer all week...surprise! You’ve been drinking my breast milk. Hope you’ve enjoyed. Cheers!”
Yikes. She leaves off on a reassuring note: “P.S. It’s organic. So no worries.”
While we sympathize with her plight, it’s hard to fault someone for swiping a few servings of creamer from a shared refrigerator. We have a few suggestions for more suitable breast milk storage, like the Tommee Tippee Pump and Go storage system. We’re also big fans of Kiinde, but understand if you want something slightly more discreet in the office.
Some pumps come with their own cooler bags, like our top pick for working moms: the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. So if you invest in some ice packs, you can skip the communal fridge altogether, as long as you properly refrigerate the milk within 24 hours.
If you are leaving your milk in the fridge for an extended period of time, keep in mind it only has a shelf life of about five to eight days. Frozen milk, however, can be stored for three to six months.