Because it’s just too slick not to share, here it is. Developed by David Green himself: The Green Family Breastmilk Storage System. (I know, you’re totally excited. Me too!)
Step one: Pump milk.
Step two: Pour milk into plastic storage bag. (I like the Lansinoh brand- they are a thicker plastic, have double zippers, and a nice place on the tab- instead of on the baggie- to record date and amount.)
Step three: Place bags of milk on a flat surface in the freezer. We use a little piece of cardboard.
Step four: When frozen, take your slender volume of breast milk and file it in your card catalog, by date. We use an old ice cream container to organize our frozen milk.
Step five: When it comes time to thaw milk, select baggie (by date, using oldest first) and run under hot water. Since the milk is frozen in such a thin layer, it will thaw and heat quickly under hot water, shortening the time you have to make a fussy baby wait.
David developed this system for two reasons. First, the thin “slices” of milk are so much easier to store than the little blobs of frozen milk. So freeaing them flat works perfect. They take up so much less space this way. Second, the milk thaws so quickly this way, and since a nursing baby is not used to waiting for a bottle to warm, this made life much easier for David. If you try to thaw breast milk that is frozen in a plastic or glass bottle of some kind, it will take forever to melt the frozen core. In a plastic bag, David can use his fingers to move the milk around, which helps to speed the thawing process.
While I do much sighing and eye rolling when it comes to David’s detailed way of life, I do find that this system to be genius. (Know what I hate about the word genius? I hate that no matter how many years I spend on this planet I cannot spell genius. No matter how I spell it, it looks wrong. Then I spell check it, and I’m still not sure I have it right. Which is pretty ironic, and completely idiotic, to be using the word genius, but misspelling it. This irony describes many areas of my life, come to think of it.) Anyway, as I was saying, David detailed side balances my own personal philosophy, which is: Do it as quickly as possible, even if it’s sloppy, but just GET IT DONE. Deal with the consequences of the sloppiness later. This is a philosophy that I follow faithfully, followed by my other motto: Do it later.
So David and me, we are the yin and yang of things. Which is the way it should be… right?