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Preparing Stored Breast Milk

Updated: Sep 28, 2018

  • Use thawed breast milk within 24 hours. Do not refreeze thawed breastmilk.

  • Clearly label milk containers with the date the milk was expressed. Use the oldest stored milk first.

  • Breastmilk does not need to be warmed. Some moms prefer to take the chill off and serve it at room temperature. Some moms serve it cold.

  • Thaw the bottle or bag of frozen milk (1) by putting it in the refrigerator overnight, (2) by holding it under warm running water, or (3) by setting it in a container of warm water.

  • Never put a bottle or bag of breastmilk in the microwave. Microwaving creates hot spots that could burn your baby and damage the milk.

  • Swirl the milk, and test the temperature by dropping some on your wrist. The milk should be comfortably warm, not hot.

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