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    Question heating expressed breastmilk

    If I heat expressed breast milk that was stored in the refrigerator for a few hours in a bottle using a bottle warmer how long do I have to feed it? For example, I just nursed my 1 month old and she started acting hungry 20 minutes later so I heated some milk that I pumped a few hours ago. She took one suckle and fell asleep and refused to eat anymore (bottle or breast). She just wants to sleep.

    Do I need to dump the milk or can I keep it for a little bit to see if she wants it again? If I can keep it, how long and should I keep it at room temp or put it back in the refrigerator?
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


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    Default Re: heating expressed breastmilk

    This is not endorsed by LLL so take it for what its worth...just my personal experience! I have re-refridgerated it and then heated it again, but only once. We do it quite often actually, but I don't re-heat it more than once...does that make any sense?

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    Default Re: heating expressed breastmilk

    Also, in my experience, there's no reason the milk actually has to be heated at all unless LO really likes it that way. My DD takes cold BM or formula straight from the fridge and doesn't seem to mind at all! So if you're not sure if you really need it all right away you might not even bother...
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    Default Re: heating expressed breastmilk

    like erin, we also re-refridgerate the unused milk and re-heat once. if baby doesn't finish the bottle the second time around, we dump the leftovers.

    here's a link with more information on re-heating.
    Reusing expressed breastmilkhttp://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/r...essedmilk.html

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    Default Re: heating expressed breastmilk

    The link Aleina's_Mom posted contains the most recent research on your question.

    Quote Originally Posted by maryberan View Post
    For example, I just nursed my 1 month old and she started acting hungry 20 minutes later so I heated some milk that I pumped a few hours ago. She took one suckle and fell asleep and refused to eat anymore (bottle or breast).
    You could put her back to the breast!

    You see, lactating breasts are never truly empty. More milk is being made, even as your baby nurses, so breasts don't need time to "refill". Here is a great explaination:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/milkproduction.html

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    Smile Re: heating expressed breastmilk

    Thanks everyone for all of the great information!!
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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