I finally talked Papa Bear into a pump. He didn’t want to buy one since Clara will probably be our last little monkey, and since I am home with her all day, it really is a luxury item. However, after a few invitations in which we had Clara out WAY later than necessary, Papa Bear realized that a pump might be a good thing for the next nine months that Clara will be needing a bottle.
I pumped and I was so excited to have a store of milk, but I didn’t want to keep investing in milk bags. First of all, they are messy. I would invariably tip them over while trying to fill them and then the caretaker would have to empty them into the bottle leaving more chance for spills. Secondly, it is an added expense for something we are just going to throw away.
Milk Trays by Sensible Lines solved my dilemma. Milk Trays, a breast milk freezing system, will freeze your expressed breast milk in one-ounce servings eliminating waste commonly associated with nurser bags. Unlike ice-cube trays, Milk Trays are specifically designed for expressed breast milk giving you, a breastfeeding mother, the confidence in knowing that none of your breast milk will be wasted. The first time I pumped, I put my expressed milk in a bottle to use for rice cereal. At dinner, we used about half of the bottle for rice cereal, but the kiddos thought it would be fun for Clara to try a bottle too. She drank a few sips, played with the bottle and was done — so was the four ounces of liquid gold that were left in the bottle. All of that time wasted. (I hate to pump and find it uncomfortable but necessary.)
After the second time pumping, I used the pre-sterilized Milk Trays and poured one ounce of milk into each tray. After five hours in my freezer, I took the frozen milk and emptied each tube into a baggy dated so I know which milk to use first. That night for dinner, I made Clara’s rice cereal using four milk cubes and I allowed the kiddos to use one ounce to *feed* Clara a bottle. Only a small amount of milk was wasted, and I had a store of three ounces of milk for the next day’s rice cereal.
Ingenious if you ask me!
Using Milk Trays™ allows you and/or your baby’s caregivers (dads, grandparents, day-cares, etc.) the ability to:
1) make each bottle to order
2) freeze expressed breast milk in one-ounce servings
3) achieve your breastfeeding goals
4) take up less space in the freezer allowing you to create a reliable “stash” of expressed breast milk
On Saturday, I had the luxury of going to my hair appointment all by myself (NO BABY!) because I now have this snazzy new pump. I didn’t think Clara would be hungry – I had just fed her and I didn’t think I would be gone longer than a couple of hours. Alas! Clara awoke from a nap and wanted to eat. Papa Bear popped one ounce of milk out of the freezer bag and made her a small bottle just to tide her over until Mommy could get home. No more wasted milk!
Milk Trays are not ice cube trays (or ice cube trays with lids). Milk Trays are a breast milk freezing system that has been specifically designed for expressed breast milk. From the higher quality of plastic, exact measurements, versatile shape, flexibility down to the lids, Milk Trays™ are the right choice for you, the breastfeeding mother.
Milk Trays are made from the safest medical-grade plastic with a recycle rating number “1”. Milk Trays have fitted lids and the trays are flexible enough to allow the Milk Sticks, one-ounce frozen breast milk, to be removed easily. Milk Sticks will fit through any bottle opening. Milk Trays, breast milk freezing trays, are reusable and a huge cost savings because they are a one-time expense for moms! I love that I don’t have to keep stocking up on nursing bags that are just thrown away. The Milk Trays are durable too. Two Milk Trays will last us a year. We won’t need to replace them – we’ll just refill them each day with a new supply of milk.
Another reason I love Milk Trays? I love that they are proudly made in the USA! I try to support any company using American resources and putting Americans to work! GO USA! :0)
Milk Trays™ are the best choice for when you are ready to go back to work or if you are an on-the-go mom! Do you want to freeze your expressed breast milk in an easier, safer and more economical way? Choose Milk Trays™. You can find them at http://www.sensiblelines.com/shop.html. They are also featured at baby stores across the US. Just pop on over to the Sensible Lines website, click on your state and find a store near you.
About the moms who created Milk Trays:
Tobi Porter has lived in Lithia, Florida for the past 7 years and is originally from Florida. She is married and has one daughter. Tobi became a full-time firefighter paramedic eight years ago at a local county fire department. She came up with the idea for Milk Trays, “with my profession as a firefighter, my schedule took me away from my daughter for 24-hour shifts. After maternity leave, I wanted to continue the benefits of breastfeeding. Finding only one means of doing so, I was inspired to give moms a better choice and help them feel confident that their babies are getting exactly what they need.”
Abi Merkle has lived in Lithia, Florida for the past 7 years as well and is originally from Texas. She is married and has two sons. Abi works full-time as an Advertising Manager for a furniture company which operates in the southeast. “Tobi and I were scrap booking one night and she approached me with her inspiration. Having the advertising background, I began sketching our logo and the look of the Milk Trays. I was instantly convinced!”
Sensible Lines was founded in Florida in April 2007 and Tobi and Abi have enjoyed this new opportunity to helps moms be more successful at breast feed longer.
|Lauralee Saad loves homeschooling her three kiddos: Ballerina, age 8, Big Boy, age 6, and MESS, age 3. She enjoys sewing when she can find a spare corner to set up her machine and dig out fabrics, cooking and baking – especially if the kiddos are helping, and enjoying a good book after the kiddos have gone to bed. She is thrilled to have welcomed a baby girl into the family on March 23, 2012.|
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