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.