(Closed) Breastfeeding Storage: Heat or serve cold

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

I used to give it room temperature or warm it gently by putting it in a pan of warm water. . Cold milk to a young baby is pretty hard on their stomachs.

Post # 4
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

We used to warm it up in a bottle warmer.

Post # 6
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Room temp 😉

Post # 7
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

A good way to think of it is to try and duplicate the temp it would be if giving while breastfeeding. It comes out of the body more warm than cold. 🙂

Post # 8
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

It can depend on the baby, too. I cared for one child who would only take a cold bottle. Everyone is different 🙂

Post # 9
375 posts
Helper bee

My daughter preferred warm milk up until around the age of one, where she really stopped caring about temperature and just wanted her milk.  LOL! 

We always removed the frozen milk from the freezer and placed it in a bowl filled with warm water.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly breastmilk thaws!  This method is also perfect for warming up chilled milk from the fridge.

I have been breastfeeding my daughter for 17 months (and still going strong!) and I HIGHLY recommend KellyMom for all of your breastfeeding needs.  Of course, it’s always great to ask experienced moms but I always turned to KellyMom when posting on a board wasn’t feasible. 

Here is a fantastic direct link to some excellent guidelines on the proper storage of pumped milk and how to care for it when its thawed.  Please don’t let it deter you by any means — it can sound complicated but it’s really simple once you get a solid routine down:  http://www.home.kellymom.net/bf/pumping/milkstorage-preemie.html

As a rule of thumb, breastmilk should never be heated by any electric devices (bottle warmers and microwaves) or on the stove top.  Breastmilk contains delicate nutrients that can be destroyed if heated improperly.  Also, microwaving breastmilk (and formula) poses added risk for hot spots and burning. 

Here is a great link that explains the nutrients in breastmilk and how their composition can be altered (the informative paragraphs start midway down the article):  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/328872/why_you_cant_microwave_breastmilk.html

If you have any other questions/concerns, I’m always available to help.  Just PM me and I’d be glad to chat! 

Post # 10
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m with MaddiLove.  I use warm water to warm my pumped milk.  I just fill a cup and pop the bottle in.  I use glass Evenflow bottles to pump my milk into / store / feed my baby from so they take a little longer to warm, but I think glass is safer to store in than plastic. 

As babies get older they don’t mind cold so much.  If it’s too cold my baby will gasp when I feed her from a bottle.  I try to get it to room temp or so before giving it to her, but sometimes when we’re out that’s easier said than done.

Post # 11
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

This is advice my mom gave me:

Always give the baby room temperature milk (pumped breast milk or formula). This is because if the baby gets used to warm milk, and you are out of the house and can’t warm up the milk, you might be stuck with a very fussy baby because they will only take warm milk.

Post # 12
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I used to just drop mine in a cup of hot/warm water. Breastmilk really does thaw quickly.

Post # 13
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@Madi – I am sitll months away from breastfeeding, but thanks for these links! they were really informative

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