Now that we’ve gone over how to store breast milk, let’s move on to warming it up.
Warming breast milk means heating it to somewhere between body and room temperature, although some babies don’t mind it a little chilled.
The easiest and safest way to warm milk, regardless of your milk storage method, is to use a baby bottle warmer. We don’t recommend using a microwave because they tend to create uneven hot spots that can burn your little one’s mouth. A baby bottle warmer, on the other hand, allows you to warm milk evenly – and preserves the quality of the milk by heating it gently.
What if you’ve frozen your breast milk? Freezer storage doesn’t make warming the milk that much harder. Frozen milk can be thawed: 1
- Gently in a baby bottle warmer (safer than defrosting in a microwave, preventing hot spots)
- In the refrigerator
- Under lukewarm running water
- In a bowl of warm water
Once it’s thawed, don’t refreeze it.
If you don’t have access to a baby bottle warmer, and you’re warming milk by placing it in a bowl of warm water, remember to test the temperature of the bottle on your skin before serving it to your little one.
Happy bottle feeding!
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