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    My mother-in-law tried to give my 5 mo old daughter a bottle this afternoon (while I was @ work) when she wasn't hungry. The bottle was heated in warm water on the stove. My daughter wouldn't take it. Can I reuse this bottle for her feeding tomorrow morning? What is the timeframe w/in which I can reheat it? I underpumped today, & I'm having issues w/ the milk I have stored in the freezer (180 oz -- potential lipase issue -- not sure yet), so I'd hate to have to toss this & resort to supplementing w/ formula for daughter's PM feeding.

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    Default Re: Reheating milk -- what timeframe?

    Aaargh! My husband did this once, and my daycare twice. It is very frustrating.

    The rule is not to use it, and certainly don't chill it and then reheat.
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    Default Re: Reheating milk -- what timeframe?

    Unfortunately you're better safe than sorry in these situations. The recommendation is to offer the milk at the next feeding but to discard after that. You can read more here if you're interested
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    Default Re: Reheating milk -- what timeframe?

    Well, I think the general "rule" is to not re-use it and throw it out once it's been heated 1 time, but *I* would never throw out that much EBM, if I could help it. *I* would probably try re-heating it once more, within a couple hours of originally being heated up, and *then* if my LO didn't drink it, I'd reluctantly throw it out.
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    Default Re: Reheating milk -- what timeframe?

    I worked from home today so this wasn't an issue. We tossed this milk after all. My LO doesn't like the bottle much & will only take it when she's very hungry. She's teething, so admittedly it's tougher to read her cues right now (she's way fussier than usual), but oh do I cry inside when tossing out my EBM. Thanks for your input, ladies!

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