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How do you thaw and heat breast milk?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:22 PM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Thaw it in the fridge. Warm it in a dish or a mug of hot (not boiling) water and gently swirl it. Don't shake it.

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 3:23 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • With both my boys we always were told never to microwave it. We always just ran the breastmilk in those breast milk storage bags under hot water until it reaches your desired temperature.

    Answer by MommaM2 at 3:24 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • I usually put it in a bowl of hot water for about 20 mins, changing the water to fresh hot water after the first 10 mins

    Answer by epoh at 3:25 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • In a cup of warm water. I used to freeze it in the little storage bags or bottles that came the pump.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 3:30 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • It's best if it thaws slowly in the fridge, then warmed in hot water or a bottle warmer. Do NOT use the microwave, or you might as well be using formula. If you need it quicker, warm it in hot water straight from frozen. But it's better to thaw it slower.

    Answer by tyrelsmom at 3:31 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • Just like everyone else said. A cup or bowl of warm water. You can also run warm tap water over the bottle.
    Be sure to swirl it gently to make sure it's evenly heated, and don't shake it.

    Answer by theonecilla at 3:44 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • First fridge then hot water. Same as PP

    Answer by brannen at 4:15 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • Just to ditto everyone, no microwave. You can try bottle warmers...but I don't know if they work for frozen breastmilk. Never used them.

    Answer by NoNonsenseMama at 11:38 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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