Warming EBM

To warm your expressed milk, place the breast milk bottle or bag into a cup, jug or bowl of lukewarm water for a few minutes.

Gently swirl the bottle and test the temperature of the milk before feeding your baby.

The temperature should be lukewarm or around body temperature. Some babies don’t mind if you feed them milk that’s been thawed but not warmed.

Don’t use a microwave to thaw or warm the milk, because this destroys some of the components of breastmilk. It can also result in hot spots, which can burn a baby.

Once you warm the breast milk, you can give it to your child right away. You should not leave warmed breast milk out at room temperature. You should not refreeze it.

If your baby does not finish a feeding, you should throw away the leftover breast milk in the bottle.

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