UNTHAWING FROZEN BREASTMILK

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So, at my sitter's house my daughter takes a bottle of breastmilk since I am not there (obviously), anyway, I was told that you unthaw it in warm water and use it right away. My sitter said that she found online that you could take the bag out of the freezer and put it into the refridgerator at least 4 hours before it's time to eat and then run it under warm water to warm it, then it was good for another length of time. I haven't heard of this anyone know if this is accurate or not? I don't want my daughter getting bad milk.

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Amber - posted on 06/11/2009

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I have read the same information as well. One thing I would like to add is in addition to swirling the milk rather than shaking it I also read that your milk is a little fragile and if you shake it you can actually break the molecular structure taking away some of the nutrients so you are never supposed to shake breast milk just swirl it.

Kelly - posted on 06/10/2009

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Audrey has it right. thawed milk can stay in the refrigerator for 24 hours. and it is okay to defrost in warm water. here is a great website for all your breastfeeding questions which helped me at all hours of the night :) www.kellymom.com

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2009

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My hubby done it this way while I was at work and everything was fine. It can be thawed in the fridge and used within 24 hours (if all is not eaten at one time, toss out what is left). Be sure the thawing water is more on the cooler side of warm then the warmer side. You can get a little container thing (at walmart) that is made for thawing breastmilk. It has a temp strip on it to let you know if it it TOO hot or you can be cheeper and use caution. Be sure to tell your sitter to swirl the milk to mix it instead of shaking it up. Shaking it can trap little air bubbles and not mix in the fat back in smoothly. hope this helps.

Audrey - posted on 06/10/2009

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Dr William Sears wrote in 'The Breastfeeding Book' that breastmilk that has been thawed can be kept in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. Do not refreeze milk. To thaw the milk hold under warm water or place in a bowl of warm water. If you thaw the milk in the fridge it can be kept in fridge for 8 days before using. Hope this helps! You can also check with your local Le Leche League at www.llli.org

Diana - posted on 06/10/2009

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I haven't heard of that either. My lactation consultant always said to be careful with breastmilk that's thawed. So I'd suggest having her keep it in the freezer until she needs it. It thaws quickly in warm water.

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