4 Best Ways to Warming Breast Milk

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Breast milk that is expressed and stored in the fridge or freezer needs to be warmed up before you can give it to your baby. Warming breast milk is easy. Nevertheless, you should pay attention to a few things: the milk must not be too hot and should be heated gently so that valuable ingredients are not lost. How to safely warm up breast milk:

Defrost in the refrigerator

Place the container of frozen breast milk in the refrigerator

Be sure to thaw breast milk before it goes bad. Breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator for around 6 to 12 months, but only a good 2 weeks in the freezer compartment of a refrigerator. Always thaw the milk that has been in the fridge the longest. It is necessary to label the containers with the current date before freezing. Place the container with the frozen breast milk in the front of the refrigerator. It’s a little warmer there than in the back, but still cold enough to safely thaw breast milk.

EXPERT ADVICE “An older baby isn’t as picky, but newborns may reject breast milk that isn’t body temperature.” Rebecca Nguyen, MA Breastfeeding Consultant & Owner of Family Picnic Rebecca Nguyen is a Certified Breastfeeding Consultant and Childbirth Practitioner. She runs Family Picnic with her mother Sue Gottschall in Chicago. There they teach expectant parents in childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and child development and upbringing. Rebecca taught children from preschool through third grade for ten years and received her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois in 2003. Rebecca Nguyen, MA Breastfeeding Consultant & Owner of Family Picnic

Let the milk thaw overnight.

Breast milk takes about 8 hours to fully thaw in the refrigerator. Check if the milk is completely thawed by opening the container and stirring the milk with a spoon. If you still see frozen chunks, put the milk back in the fridge for an hour or two to finish thawing. If you can’t wait that long, you can also hold the container under cold to lukewarm water and defrost it completely.

Store the thawed milk for a maximum of 5 days.

You should use thawed milk immediately if possible, but you can store it in the refrigerator for a maximum of 5 additional days. To do this, place the thawed milk in the back of the refrigerator, as the temperature is slightly lower there. Label the containers with the expiration date so you can keep track of them.

Do not refreeze the milk.

Freezing the milk again could lead to the formation of lipids and break down the milk. The milk would then be of poorer quality and could go bad.

Thaw under running water

Run the container of frozen milk under cold water.

If you want to start heating the frozen breast milk right away, start with cold water. The water should be slightly colder than room temperature. Use cold water first, as this will gradually increase the temperature of the frozen breast milk. If you start immediately with hot water, the outside will heat up very quickly while the breast milk will still be frozen inside. You also destroy valuable enzymes in breast milk. Keep using cold water until you feel the milk has thawed. When you look inside the container, the milk should be completely thawed, meaning there shouldn’t be any frozen bits visible. You can also shake the container slightly to see if there are any bits.

EXPERT COUNCIL Breastfeeding Consultant & Owner of Family Picnic Rebecca Nguyen is a Certified Breastfeeding Consultant and Childbirth Practitioner. She runs Family Picnic with her mother Sue Gottschall in Chicago. There they teach expectant parents in childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and child development and upbringing. Rebecca taught children from preschool through third grade for ten years and received her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois in 2003. Rebecca Nguyen, MA Breastfeeding Consultant & Owner of Family Picnic There are a number of ways to gently warm your milk. Rebecca Nguyen says: “You can use a bottle warmer to warm the milk to exactly 37ºC, but you can also hold it under very warm water for about 30 seconds to a minute until you feel how warm it is. If the If milk is in a bottle, immerse it in a pan of boiling water until the milk is warm, but do not put it in the microwave or directly in a pan, or it will get too hot and could burn the baby’s tongue. ”

Slowly and gradually increase the water temperature after the milk has thawed.

Increase the water temperature from cold to room temperature, then to warm, and finally to hot. In this way, fewer enzymes are destroyed and the milk heats up evenly. Make sure that the water is not too hot and even starts to steam. The milk must not get so hot that your baby would burn his mouth. Your baby can drink chilled milk, but some babies don’t like it. They prefer milk that is about body temperature – which is what they are used to.

You can warm up cooled milk under running warm water.

If you thawed the milk in the fridge or kept it there from the start, you can start heating it right away, holding the container under warm running water. Slowly increase the water temperature, but be careful not to get too hot.

Shake the milk

Make sure the milk heats evenly by gently shaking the container while heating. Of course, you can also stir the milk with a spoon to equalize the temperature in the container.

EXPERT ADVICE “Breast milk separates in the fridge, you can gently swirl it to mix it. Be sure to avoid vigorous shaking.” Rebecca Nguyen, MA Breastfeeding Consultant & Owner of Family Picnic Rebecca Nguyen is a Certified Breastfeeding Consultant and Childbirth Practitioner. She runs Family Picnic with her mother Sue Gottschall in Chicago. There they teach expectant parents in childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and child development and upbringing. Rebecca taught children from preschool through third grade for ten years and received her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois in 2003. Rebecca Nguyen, MA Breastfeeding Consultant & Owner of Family Picnic

Warm up in a water bath

Heat a pot of water.

Fill a small casserole halfway with water and heat it up. As soon as the water begins to evaporate, but before it really boils, remove the pot from the stove. Make sure that the water does not start to boil, otherwise the breast milk would warm up too quickly. Always remove the pot from the stovetop before placing the container with the breast milk in it. Never heat breast milk directly on the stove. {“smallUrl”:”https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images_en\/thumb\/a\/a8\/Warm-Breast-Milk-Step-9Bullet2.jpg\/v4-460px-Warm- Breast-Milk-Step-9Bullet2.jpg”,”bigUrl”:”https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/a\/a8\/Warm-Breast-Milk-Step-9Bullet2 .jpg\/v4-728px-Warm-Breast-Milk-Step-9Bullet2.jpg”,”smallWidth”:460,”smallHeight”:345,”bigWidth”:728,”bigHeight”:546,”licensing”:” <div class=\”mw-parser-output\”><\/div>”}

Place the container of breast milk in the hot water.

You can simply put the container in or move it back and forth in the water. The container may touch the bottom of the pot as long as the pot is no longer on the hot stovetop. If you’re uncomfortable, hold the container so it’s not touching the bottom. You can heat both frozen and cold milk using this method. Chilled milk only takes a few minutes to reach the right temperature. Thawed milk takes about twice as long.

Make sure the temperature is evenly distributed.

To do this, move the container back and forth in the pot so that the temperature can even out. You can also stir the milk with a spoon. This will give you the same effect.

Warm up in the bottle warmer

Read the instruction manual.

Each bottle warmer is slightly different, so it is essential that you read the instruction manual carefully before using it. Despite all the differences, the bottle warmers are generally the same. Many bottle warmers, but by no means all, are also suitable for heating baby food.

There are bottle warmers that heat the bottle in a hot water bath and those that use steam.

#*Bottle warmers that heat the bottle in a water bath basically use the pot method. The bottle with the breast milk is placed directly in the hot water. Bottle warmers that use steam use less water. The water is heated in an extra tank by means of a heating element or a hot plate and the steam rises to the area where the bottle is located. Breast milk is gradually warmed up with this method.

Fill the bottle warmer with water.

Fill the appropriate container with tap water up to the mark. If there isn’t a mark, refer to the owner’s manual for how much water to put in the bottle warmer. Bottle warmers that use the water bath method use more water than those that use steam. The water should be changed after each operation. However, there are bottle warmers that only have to be refilled when the water level in the container falls below a certain level. This is indicated to you by means of a control lamp or something similar.

Place the bottle in the bottle warmer.

Make sure that the bottle is placed securely in the bottle warmer according to the instructions for use. In some bottle warmers, the bottle stands loose, in others it is necessary to fix it in some way.

Set the required temperature and warm up the milk.

If your bottle warmer has a temperature control, follow the instruction manual and set the correct temperature. Press the start button and wait for the device to turn off. Most bottle warmers have an indicator light that goes off once the process is complete. Others have a beep that sounds when the process is complete.

Tips

Always check the temperature of the warmed milk before giving it to your baby. To do this, put a few drops of the milk on the inside of your wrist. The milk should be warm, but not so hot that you are uncomfortable.

Warnings

Never heat breast milk to the point where it begins to boil. Never heat breast milk in the microwave. By doing this, you kill live immune cells in breast milk that help your baby fight off pathogens. In addition, breast milk is not heated evenly in the microwave, so the baby can get burned.

 

 

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