As a breastfeeding mother pumped breast milk is like gold…spilling any is a disaster, but it’s even more disastrous when whole bottles sits and goes bad! There are some lucky ladies who can pump an astronomical amount and freezing there huge stash works for them, but for others who don’t pump quite as much storing milk in the refrigerator is a much easier option in my opinion…however, it is very necessary to keep track of when the milk was pumped as to not let it go bad.
When I first started pumping I decided to check out Baby Center to see the answer to my most burning question 😉 How long can breast milk be stored in the fridge, here is their answer “That depends on how and where you store it. Under most conditions, breast milk stays fresh at room temperature (60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) for three to four hours. But expressed milk that has little bacteria can last for six to eight hours if room temperature remains on the cooler side.
You can refrigerate breast milk for three to five days and freeze it to keep it fresh even longer. Thawed breast milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (but don’t refreeze it). If you’re traveling, you can store breast milk in an insulated cooler with ice packs for up to 24 hours.” ( http://www.babycenter.com/404_how-long-does-breast-milk-stay-fresh_8918.bc )
So knowing that, now the question remains, how do you keep track of when each bottle was pumped? In comes Eepples! Eepples” MilkCharm – the award winning dial system that lets you quickly and easily set and read the day and time when your breast milk was pumped. The MilkCharm is made with BPA and phthalate free materials, is dishwasher safe and works with ANY bottle. It is also great for formula, unfinished bottles, baby food and many other food containers, so it’s usefulness last long after you’re done breastfeeding.” What an absolutely perfect yet adorable way to be assured that your baby is getting the freshest milk!
Not only are the charms super duper cute, but they fit any bottle, making them super wonderful and economical! Who wants to go out and buy all new bottles?! Not me… and who here has tried using a marker or pen to label your bottle only to have it rub off? I know I have. With two dials, one for the days of the week with an am/pm option, the other even more precise letting you set the exact time of pumping/storing these MilkCharms are the perfect for the breastfeeding Mommy and I have read nothing but rave reviews from the lucky parents who use them! I think these would make absolutely FABULOUS shower gifts for breastfeeding or formula feeding Momma’s ! I know that I would have been thrilled to receive them!
If all of that wasnt enough, Eeples is green! Check out some information that I found super informative from their website ( http://eepples.com/pages/being-green )
Eepples is committed to producing products with as small of an impact on our environment as possible.
Our products are 100% recyclable. The MilkCharm dial is made using food grade polypropylene (#5 – PP) which is commonly collected in curbside recycling programs and at local recycling centers. The MilkCharm band is 100% food grade silicone. Silicone is not typically collected in local curbside collection programs nor is it typically accepted at local recycling centers. However, silicone recycling programs do exist and we are committed to making sure our products are recycled if their useful life should come to an end. Therefore, should you ever find yourself needing to dispose of this item and are not sure if you can recycle it locally, please send it back to us (dial, band, or both) and we’ll happily take care of it for you. We’ll even pay for the shipping. Simply drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a pre-paid shipping label for recycling, send it off, and we’ll take care of the rest.
We incorporate as much quality recycled polypropylene as we can get our hands on. Our goal is to continually increase the recycled content of our product, so we are constantly searching for reliable sources of quality recycled material.
Made in the USA
Our products are 100% made in the USA. We like having our products made in the San Francisco Bay Area for a few reasons. First, we like the idea of supporting our local economy. Second, we like being able to hop in the car, drive down to the factory, and see how things are going. This means better quality control, plus it’s really cool to watch the machines pump out MilkCharms! Third, local production means reduced shipping distances which saves gas.
MilkCharms purchased directly through the website are packaged in a plant-based plastic sleeve which is certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) by meeting ASTM D6400 and EN 13432 standards. The card inserts are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled card stock (FSC-certified, Ancient Forest Friendly, Green-e Certified) using soy-based inks. The cards are, of course, recyclable.
We hate ordering stuff then finding at our doorstep a huge box with a tiny item inside surrounded by a mass of plastic bubble wrap. We don’t do that. We use mailers and boxes that are sized appropriately for the order to reduce the amount of material used. For ground shipments, we use padded mailers made from 100% recycled paper (25% post-consumer) which are fully recyclable. For expedited shipping, we use USPS supplied mailers, so we’re at their mercy on that front. If packaging filler is needed, we either use one made from 100% recycled paper (90% post-consumer) which is fully recyclable, or we reuse the packing material that was used in shipments we received to give it more life before heading to the recycling center or landfill (ugg). Additionally, we use as little tape as possible to deliver your MilkCharms safely and securely.
Eepples is committed to continually increasing the sustainability of our product and our operations.
If you are interested in ordering a pack for yourself or a Mommy friend, check out their website here!
MilkCharm (pack of 3)
No more tape and pen, no more sticky notes that smear and fall off, no more grease pencils. Just dial in the day (and time if you want to be exact), hang the MilkCharm on the bottle, put it in the fridge, and go take a nap! The time side also works great for storing milk at room temperature, formula in the fridge, or for bottles that baby didn’t finish drinking. Plus, the MilkCharm can be used for tracking the freshness of baby food andmany other food items long after you’re done breastfeeding.
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- Works with ANY bottle
- Double sided dial tracks time and day
- Also great for formula, baby food, and many other food containers
- Made from food grade polypropylene and silicone, BPA and phthalate free materials
- Dishwasher safe – top rack
- 100% recyclable and made with as much recycled material as we can get our hands on – please see Being Green for more information
- Made in the USA in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Pack of 3 – features three attractive color combinations
- Makes people and their refrigerators happy
- UL tested