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    Default how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    Hello all -- I am new to this site, and hope I can find the help I need.

    I have been getting conflicting viewpoints from Day 1 concerning many things, one being on how to warm up refrigerated breast milk. I've been told I can take out a bottle at the current feeding, for the next feeding, and warm it up on the counter; I've been told to put it in a glass of hot water; I've been told to put in a glass of warm water, as hot will destroy it's nutritional properties. I fear I've not been doing it properly for TWO MONTHS now, and don't want to be giving my baby sour milk (I was leaving it on the counter). My baby's dirty diapers are by far liquid -- not the "cottage cheese" consistency I was told they should be at -- but I didn't think much of it, as breastfed babies' dirty diapers are more liquidy. (I am pumping and bottling, not breastfeeding directly).

    So anyway -- I've found info on how to warm up FROZEN milk -- but I've found NOTHING on warming up REFRIGERATED milk. I can't give my baby freshly expressed milk, because due to his erratic schedule and fussiness, I can't pump during the day -- so I pump at night and store bottles in the fridge.

    Any advice you all can give me, as a first-time mom -- I'd appreciate it so much.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBstorage.html


    here is a link:
    Refrigerated milk: Warm the milk under warm running water for several minutes. Or immerse the container in a pan of water that has been heated on the stove. Do not heat the milk directly on the stove. Some babies accept milk right from the refrigerator.

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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    But if I put it in a pan of water heated on stove -- that is hot water -- so thus conflicting with the warm running water...........?

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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    I just think they mean heat the water till its warm not hot.
    not boiling either.

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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    A lot of times babies don't mind milk straight from the fridge...ours never did. Certainly makes things easier!
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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    with pp. DS also takes bm right from the fridge, so it's worth trying that. When we were warming it up, we put hot tap water in a glass & put the bottle in that for a few minutes. It just "took the edge off" rather than getting it fully warm, but it worked for him. Then one day we forgot to warm it up, he liked it anyway, and the rest was history!
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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    only needs to be body temp anyway....

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*imma2nonstopaa View Post
    Then one day we forgot to warm it up, he liked it anyway, and the rest was history!
    Ours was more like he was screaming his head off and he could try the cold milk or wait...he chose cold milk.
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    Default Re: how to warm refridgerated breast milk?

    My DS will only take it slightly warmer than body temperature... not sure why. We did used to heat it up for him using hot water in a container, but we did eventually get an Avent bottle warmer, and it really worked for us and saved us a lot of time.
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