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Ceres Chill is so simple, it can seem complicated
This compact Chiller uses a minimum of parts to accomplish everything! Rather than perusing the FAQ below, you may simply want to check out our User Guide to better understand all the ways you can use it and how easy it is to clean.
Does Ceres Chill work with all major breast pumps?
Yes! Ceres Chill is compatible with these major pumps without an adapter: Medela, Evenflo, Ameda, Ardo, Gland, Kidstime, Nibble, Babysteps, Bellema
- With our adapter available for purchase, Ceres Chill works with Spectra 1 & 2, Baby Buddha, Cimilre, Motif by Aeroflow
- If you have a Lasinoh or Hygeia, please reach out to us so we can make sure we get you a special adapter to accommodate these pumps
- Pump into hands-free containers and safely store in the Chiller: Freemie, Elvie, Willow
- If you don't see your pump listed here, please reach out to us so that we can confirm whether you need an adapter and to make sure we get you what you need
Why use Ceres Chill?
Say goodbye to "pump and dump!" We don't want to see more breastmilk going down the drain because moms can't store their breastmilk on the go! Coolers are unreliable, require advanced freezing and only last for 6-8 hours. How can we possibly do everything we need to do in that short amount of time?!
There are more and more portable pumps coming to the market and we provide a portable breastmilk solution! Ceres Chill also provides you with versatile, longterm use and a breastmilk storage solution that you are proud to have on your desk, nightstand or tucked in your gym bag.
COST SAVINGS: This is a incredibly high quality bottle that makes life a million times easier for moms and in some cases it is really the only way some moms can feasibly continue breastfeeding or transport their milk. This is particularly true for moms who travel a lot for work and women who have difficult environments to contend with and no access to fridges for extended periods - pilots, soldiers, realtors, postal workers).
These chillers are not disposable like the coolers that end up in the trash more often than not and they last more than twice as long. Not to mention, the time can be renewed with just a handful of ice. You use this chiller like the best water bottle and thermos you have ever treated yourself to.
These chillers are comparable in price in many ways to the traditional options but they are sustainable and higher quality. Coolers range in cost from $18-$250; Medela Storage system is about $34; Mini fridges for offices or bedsides are typically $90. Ceres Chill pretty much replaces all of these and costs $86. I honestly had to dump my milk on every long work trip because of complications with TSA but all that headache ended with Ceres Chill.
How is Ceres Chill different from a regular thermos?
Ceres Chill is designed by a pumping, working mom for pumping, amazing, hardworking moms. This means it has all the compatible threading to connect your pump directly to the Chiller so you can pump into it. You get convenience and peace of mind knowing you are not needlessly risking contamination.
Also, thermoses can't keep freshly expressed breastmilk at a safe temperature. A regular thermos can keep milk cold or keep coffee hot but Ceres Chill safely and reliably changes the temperature so you can pump directly into the Chiller, bring the temperature down to a safe level and keep it there for over 20 hours!
Can I use a hands-free bra?
Yes! Ceres Chill assembles with all that you need to double pump with a hands-free bra. With each Ceres Chill, you get one lightweight 12-ounce Milk Chamber (it weighs less than an 8 oz capacity plastic bottle) that connects directly to your pump and another light 3-ounce capacity chamber which doubles as the Cup so you can easily pump both sides without bringing a ton of extra plastic in a cooler with you everywhere you go.
Do I need more than one chiller?
How about airport security screening?
We have taken all TSA and government office protocols into consideration with this design. Using an open water chamber and a separate breastmilk reservoir that can be easily and cleanly tested without compromising your milk, Ceres Chill moms will skate through security as smoothly as any of us ever did...which is not to say that TSA is easy, just that Ceres Chill and your breastmilk won't make it harder than it needs to be.
How does it do all the things you say it does?
We get it, it can be hard to figure out the first time.Ceres Chill has a small number of parts that recombine to meet all your needs throughout the day — commuting, working, traveling, and having fun out in the world with or without the baby. Any caregiver can take Ceres Chill on an adventure!
In this little video, Terra shows you how it works.
Can I add warm milk to already chilled milk?
Yes! Although there is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet, recent research is clear: You can absolutely pump directly into chilled breastmilk. It's not only safe, there are additional benefits to doing so. Here's a snippet of the research:
We found that a single daily [pooling of warm and chilled breastmilk] provides several important benefits— consistent nutrient quality, equivalent bacterial content, and improved maternal satisfaction—over individualized collection.
Lisa M. Stellwagen, Yvonne E. Vaucher, Christina S. Chan, Taylor D. Montminy, and Jae H. Kim; Breastfeeding Medicine Vol. 8, No. 2
Published April 10, 2013
How does pumping warm milk into a thermos cool it and keep it cold?
Ceres Chill has an amazingly engineered, patent-pending dual chamber system. The outer chamber holds the ice - just a few cubes and a bit of water in contact with the inner Milk Chamber is all you need. You then just pump directly into the 12 ounce inner Milk Chamber as needed throughout the day. Thermodynamic tests show milk being chilled down to 42 degrees within 1-3 hours and staying well within safe storage temps for 20+ hours in 68-72 room temperatures.
How many ounces does Ceres Chill hold?
12 - 34 ounces! Ceres Chill can chill and safely store 12 ounces for over 20 hours, 24 ounces for 10 hours and 34 ounces of already chilled milk for 10 hours.
No more messy, sticky blowouts while pumping or trying to switch bottles that are too small mid-pumping. Consulting with pumping mammas and lactation consultants, 12 ounces is the ideal capacity to safely store milk for a normal work day or cross-country flight. Most moms pump 5-10 ounces in a workday so we wanted to make sure we had you covered while keeping the Chiller lean, light and easy to grab, stow in a bag, or tuck in a large cupholder. However, if a woman has an extra long shift, flight delay or other unforeseen emergency, Ceres Chill can be used to chill and store up 24 ounces for up to 10 hours and if you need more time, just add a bit of ice!
Does Ceres Chill come with a pump?
Ceres Chill does not come with a pump but it is compatible with all major pumps (natively compatible with Medela and similar brands and with an adapter for wide bottle neck brands like Spectra or Lansinoh). This allows you to choose the pump that is best for you and be able to pump directly into Ceres Chill, knowing that your milk is safely stored with not added risk of contamination that other storage systems have when using multiple containers and chilling mechanisms.