So How Important Is It That A Baby's Milk Is Warm? Will It Hurt Him If It's Cold?

Marie - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I breastfeed for the most part & also freeze my breastmilk. I occasionally give him formula to make sure he gets all his vitamins (like vitamin D) I just want to make sure that I dont mess up his digestive track/system by feeding him cold milk. (He's a little over a month old if that makes a difference.)

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Jacqueline - posted on 04/29/2010

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I have always warmed my daughter Madysen's milk ever since 4 months after I breastfed. I do think its more of a nicer thing to do. I have friends who never warmed any of there kids bottles but they both suffer from indigestion and colic. (not sure if its associated)
I would say warm it if you can if not dont feel bad.

Charlie - posted on 04/27/2010

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Children only want warm milk because we condition them to want it , i live in Australia and my little one loved having a cold bottle of milk on a hot day although he was 6 months old by the time he received formula je never received any pains or upsets

Ciara - posted on 01/07/2013

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I breast feed and supplement and I use room temp water to make formula iv never warned up my bottles I do live in phx where its always hot even in winter lol baby boy never seems to mind my pedi said warming milk is something we as moms get our bby use to

Stephanie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Using warm water will help the formula disolve faster if you use powdered formula. Other than that I am not sure that there is a reason to warm it up

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Rosie - posted on 04/28/2010

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definitely not needed. my last 2 liked theirs cold. i think the only reason to warm it was to make it mroe like breastmilk.

Charlie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Shannen my post wasnt based on opinion and personal experience alone it was also based on research and medical advice received from various midwives and doctors .

I see Andrea has posted one of many links to this below.



As for it being law in Australia Jasmine you will find that is also untrue , im sure if someone did go to check on the child with the cold milk you would find there would not have been a charge and quiet frankly a big waste of time on our social services .

Tabitha - posted on 04/28/2010

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My children are 6 and 4 and neither one would take a bottle from day one unless it was straight from the fridge. they are both great. I think that it depends on what the child likes and what the mom is comfortable with. good luck with what ever your decision.

Tara - posted on 04/28/2010

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Neither of my daughters care if it is warmed up or not. Both have had it ice cold straight out of the fridge if they are really hungry and I haven't had a chance to warm it, but they prefer it room temperature or cool. My oldest girl likes almost everything she drinks to be icy cold - she even wants ice cubes put in water or juice to make it colder. My youngest is just starting on solids and doesn't seem to care as long as the formula isn't icy cold, although if I don't have anywhere to warm it (if we are traveling, etc) she'll drink it ice cold.

Kathy - posted on 04/28/2010

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That and the hospital also makes you warm it up because most newborn babies would much rather it warm then cold... my daughter when she was littler wouldn't touch it if it was too cold, now it doesn't matter for her so much, as long as its not fridge cold.



Jasmine its possible that the MIL might have thought it was endangering the child and called it in, but I doubt there woulda been any other problem from there on.

Krista - posted on 04/28/2010

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You're made to warm the milk up in the hospital because baby would be drinking body temperature liquid if you were breastfeeding, so it's only natural that they have warmed up formula.

It isn't a rule that formula has to be warmed up and you certainly would not get flagged my child services for not doing so.

And perhaps your fiance was not the one to make it up. Perhaps it was who told him.

Jasmine - posted on 04/28/2010

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well sorry jodi if you dont agree with my post yesterday about dhs but if were not ment to warm bottles up then why are we made to in hospital and with the hospital i have always been told that i have to warm them buy midwifes etc, and also my fionce was told this buy a dhs worker himself that the mothers mother in law dobed it in and the mother has still got welfere involed only because she didnt attempt to warm it up when she was out shopping i know it sounds really silly but i dont see why my fionce would make up something

Kathy - posted on 04/27/2010

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we only warm the bottles if they come out of the fridge.... I keep bottles of water in the cupboard ready for formula and she drinks it room temperature, but if she falls asleep when I'm making it, or I just filled the bottles with cold water I do warm them up. I only stopped warming them at 6 months, we were using liquid concentrate and premixing it keeping it in the fridge, then we'd warm it, but if we were out she had no problem drinking it room temp.... i think as long as its not cold from the fridge it won't hurt them, but every baby is different, and some won't take it cold...

Brittany - posted on 04/27/2010

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my boys always preferred their bottles warmed...but they will drink it cold. and i know of 2 different families who have had the opposites. one little boy would not drink it unless it was really warm...even once he was switched to whole milk (at 18 months) he still would not drink it cold. and then i know another family who has 2 kids and both of them from the time they came home from the hospital would only take a bottle if it came right out of the fridge. it always seemed weird to me...but they would make bottles and put them in the fridge then pull them out and feed them....so i say it is just whatever your baby likes. : )

Joanna - posted on 04/27/2010

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my daughter HATED her milk warmed and wouldn't drink it... I just made her formula bottles with cool (not cold but not warm) tap water from the time she was about 3 weeks old.

Marie - posted on 04/27/2010

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Thanks to everyone who responded. All your answers have been very helpful & informative. I was more talking in a pinch, but it's interesting to find out that some babies really do like Ice cold milk.

Krista - posted on 04/27/2010

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I would think that cold milk would give him a bit of a tummyache, but I can't see how it would do any particular harm to his GI system. Try it, and if he takes it well and appears fine, then giddyup. If he fusses, then I'd serve it at least warmed to room temperature.

And if you've got enough breastmilk to nurse him, there really isn't any need to supplement with formula for additional vitamins. You can just give him Vitamin D drops if your pediatrician thinks it's necessary.

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Lol no i would always take the edge of it..ice cold baby milk is not a good idea..head freeze is all im thinking of..lol..my childrens milk is mild warm...the wont drink anything cold has there dad gave them a cold one and the wouldnt drink it and any warmer than mild the will not drink it.So the will let you know.

Corrina - posted on 04/27/2010

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what ever your child wants...my brother came home from the hosp wanting his icebox cold, i had one grdaughter who still needed her milk warned at 18mo or wouldnt drink it. i did find that the sooner i could get mine to accept the cold formula the less spitup they had tho.

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2010

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That sounds like bullshit Jasmine. She did more than that to get dobbed in, I'd say you didn't get the full story. There is no "law" that says you must warm up milk....



It is a personal decision, and based on what your baby is happy to drink. My daughter started rejecting warm mild around the same time she started teething :) Personally, I think 1 month is a little young. Before that, I used to only heat it enough to take the edge off.

Nadine - posted on 04/27/2010

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I started using room temprature water at a couple of month. it actualy reduced gassiness. Warm milk causes gas. He actually liked it better. I don't give him formula straight from the fridge.

Jasmine - posted on 04/27/2010

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i thought you had too here in vic, australia my fionce said that he heard a chick got dobed in to welfere for not heating up a bottle when she was out so im sure u must haven too. but i dont knowi alway have warmed them up

Jen - posted on 04/27/2010

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i would say at one month old is very young n he should be given warm milk as it can cause upset tummys wen his a few months old then u cn try it again

Peita - posted on 04/27/2010

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Have you tasted Formula?? It's gross warm and even worse cold lol!!! I say make it warm to make it more enjoyable, I will give my 6 month old a room temp bottle if she suddenly decides she is hungry and I am caught somewhere with no microwave or boiling water, but have never given it to her cold!! Little tummies aren't used to cold drinks at 1 month old, like someone already said, breast milk is warm for a reason!

Sharyn - posted on 04/27/2010

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i have found either way works well, out of 4 children, i've had one that liked it boiling hot, one ice cold, and two at room temp, and all have had no problems, the earliest child i started on formula was 3mths old, i couldn't say for a 1 mth old, but go with what works for you and your child, no heating does make it alot easier when out n about though.

Blackwood - posted on 04/27/2010

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I stopped warming up most of my son's bottles at around 4 months, but I don't give him COLD formula, I use room temp bottled water. I think he still might be a bit too young for COLD milk and that it might be harder on his system if you have warm (your breastmilk) and then cold.

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Lol on my first child she never liked warmed milk..now i wouldnt give it to her straight from the fridge but she loved her milk room temp.She would never feed from the breast and when expressed would not take it so i went to formula.

She never had a day of being upset with wind .She fed and burped very well.I had others say you should be heating it but it did her no harm what so ever.She is five now.Same for my now 15 mth old once out of the fridge and the COLD CHILL GONE she will drink it but if warmed to much like how many give it to there baby's she will refuse the bottle, but she b/f so well after birth but once i started to express she wouldnt take it from the bottle but when i went to formula she liked it from the bottle but not warm..There two little rascals but the know how the like there milk.lol



Straight from the fridge will cause tummy pain i would say but could be wrong.. ..room temp should not .

Louise - posted on 04/27/2010

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I think there is some truth that cold milk is harder to digest than warmed. My daughter also sufered with colic and warmed milk did ease her pain considerably. My daughter is now 17 months and still prefers her follow on milk to be warmed. Lets face it what are we supposed to drink before we go to bed a nice warm milky drink. If your child has n objections and does not suffer with tummy ache then there is no need to warm the milk but, warm milk is closer to the natural thing.

Lauren - posted on 04/27/2010

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I was told that its best a baby has milk cool or room temperature as soon as you are happy to as that way they won't be fussy and if you are out and you can't warm it up, they'll be happy to take it as it is. My daughter took room temperature milk from birth. Breastmilk or formula as she wouldn't latch on.

Amy - posted on 04/27/2010

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In stopped warming my sons milk at 3 or 4 months old. I would try to avoid straight on ice cold water but like Laura said if you're ever caught in a pinch it's nice to not have to worry if your child is going to drink what you are offering them! There was more than 1 occasion when I had to buy a bottle water from the gas station!

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Loureen we don't condition them to want it. My daughter was 2 months old when we hit summer, yes i am in australia as well, and thought i would try cold milk ( was BF but thought the cold waould be nice for her) and it caused her alot of pain as her body wasnt used to the sudden change. especially when she had been BF before then.

Why would breast milk be warm if they were not supposed to have warm milk?

Melissa - posted on 04/27/2010

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I would always heat up my sons milk, he had Reflux (projectile vomiting) tummy troubles. If the milk wasn't warm enough it would cause him more tummy pain. I knew he had this reflux thing so I just put it together as, cold milk, owie tummy, warm milk, no crying for 5 hours!! See, SEEE how the mind finds ways to stop the CRYING!!



Good luck. AND your breastmilk has all he needs, unless your Dr. has told you to suppliment him with formula, breastfeeding alone is prefectly acceptable nutrition!

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Giving a newborn cold milk may give tummy pains. We always heated our kids milk up even at 6 months when they got teeth and i stopped BF! I like to do it warm milk always seemed to help them go to sleep easier. I would only really recommend not giving it to them straight out of the fridge but i don't see why room temp would hurt!

Laura - posted on 04/27/2010

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I can't say for a one month old child, but my daughter (who is 8 months now) has been having cold formula since she was about 4 months old. As far as I know warming up the formula is more of a nice thing to do than a need. If I can I warm it up but if we are driving somewhere or there is no way of heating the milk up wherever I am then she drinks it cold. She does seem to prefer it if it's been warmed up but will still drink the whole bottle if it's cold.

Laura - posted on 04/27/2010

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I can't say for a one month old child, but my daughter (who is 8 months now) has been having cold formula since she was about 4 months old. As far as I know warming up the formula is more of a nice thing to do than a need. If I can I warm it up but if we are driving somewhere or there is no way of heating the milk up wherever I am then she drinks it cold. She does seem to prefer it if it's been warmed up but will still drink the whole bottle if it's cold.

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