The Bottom Line
- Storage rack is simple to use.
- Bottles fit most breast pumps.
- Bottles work with many standard-size caps and nipples.
- 5-ounce bottles may be too small for some moms.
- Thin threads can be tricky to get right when attaching to pump or cap and nipple.
- Breast milk storage system with 10 bottles.
- 5-ounce bottles are made of BPA-free plastics.
- Bottles are dishwasher safe.
- Average price is $25.
Guide Review - Mother's MilkMate Breast Milk Storage Rack Review
The best feature of Mother's MilkMate is that you can use the bottles with your breast pump, store the milk in the same bottles, and then feed your baby from the bottles, too. You don't have to transfer milk around, which reduces the chance you'll spill any, and you don't have to worry about that little bit you always lose as it clings to the container. The bottles do work with common breast pumps (Ameda, Medela) and with standard-size bottle caps and nipples, which is very nice.
The storage rack works really well to keep your breast milk stash organized in the fridge or freezer. Just put your most recently pumped milk in at the top, and when it's time to feed baby, pull a bottle from the front. That way you're using the oldest milk first, before it goes bad in the back of the fridge. Some other brands of bottles can fit in the storage rack, so you may be able to use a few that you already have on hand in your rotation system, too.
The threads on the bottle tops are thin, so you do have to be careful when you're attaching them to the pump or a cap and nipple. The quality of the included bottles is mediocre, so if you're used to much thicker Medela-type bottles, they'll feel flimsy. While I didn't have any trouble with the seams leaking or splitting, some moms have complained of these issues, and said the long-term durability isn't what they hoped.
The bottles that come with the storage system are 5-ounce bottles. I would prefer a slightly larger bottle for pumping, especially if you're feeding an older baby or toddler. If you are lucky to produce quite a lot of milk, you'll probably need to buy an extra set of MilkMate bottles (6 for about $18), or find other bottles that will work in this system. If you intend to freeze your milk in these bottles, be aware that you can't freeze 5 ounces in them. You'll need to leave some space for the milk to expand in the freezer, or the bottle will warp.
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to store breast milk, this is probably the best at this price. The idea is simple and the bottles are fairly easy to use. For moms who are pumping daily and sending bottles to day care, I think the MilkMate system is very convenient, since you can pump, store and feed with the same bottles.