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how do i thaw a bag of breastmilk?

and how long is it good after its been thawed?


Asked by mamagee1218 at 8:15 PM on Sep. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Are you no longer breastfeeding? You can mix breast milk and formula. Start with more breastmilk than formula, and gradually mix more formula in over a few weeks. Start with like 3/4 breast milk, 1/4 formula. If you use powder formula, mix it first in the bottle, then add brastmilk to it and shake it up. I wouldn't give a bottle of straight formula yet because that might cause diarrhea or constipation. Do the 25%/75% for a week or two, then move up to 50%/50%, etc.

    Answer by Mrs.BAT at 8:22 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • I think you have to use it within two or four hours after thawing, but I'm not sure. probably has a lot of information about that. I always thawed by putting it in a cup of lukewarm water, then gradually adding more warm water as it thawed to also warm it up just a little bit.

    Answer by Mrs.BAT at 8:17 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • Here's a link about it.


    Answer by Mrs.BAT at 8:18 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • put it in hot water to thaw it use it within 3 hours of the thaw

    Answer by MELRN at 8:44 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • thanks ladies!!

    Comment by mamagee1218 (original poster) at 8:47 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • Thaw it preferably in the refrigerator (like meat, overnight) or you can thaw it at room temperature. Once it no longer has a slushy consistency, it is considered thawed and it will be usable for 24 hours after that time. If you choose to heat up the thawed or refrigerated breast milk, never microwave it. Best to use a certified milk warmer or a pot of warm water (do not submerge the bottle, or heat the milk in a pot) to let the bottle sit in. To conserve milk, pour out only what you're sure the baby will eat. You can always warm a little more later.

    Answer by Angelwolf130 at 12:35 AM on Sep. 27, 2010

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