Freezing Breast Milk

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When I go back to work I am going to have to pump my milk (as well as continue to breastfeed) since I won't be with my baby for 40 hours a week... If I freeze ir how do I warm it up?

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Megan - posted on 09/22/2009

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Everyone is on the right track here!
warm water works just fine.....surprisingly fast too!
NO microwave or boiling water! I WISH i had a bottle warmer...can't believe they even make them for the car!!!

Katrina - posted on 09/22/2009

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When I leave my daughter with my husband (I work some evenings and he picks her up from day care) he takes out what he needs from the freezer and thaws it in a bowl of cold water. Once thawed he puts more than the amount she has been eating recently (just in case she is really hungry) in a bottle and uses a bottle warmer (plug in kind with water). He has told me that this is the system that works best for him.

Susan - posted on 09/22/2009

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I just started back to work, and I just take it out of the freezer and put it in the fridge to thaw the night before. Make sure you don't microwave, as others have said. I found that a good bottle warmer is faster than waiting for water to warm up on the stove.. But make sure if you don't have one and decide you'd like to get one that the box says safe for breast milk.

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Thaw the milk slowly by swirling the container of milk in warm water or by putting the container in the refrigerator the day before it is to be used. Don't use hot water to thaw breast milk. Never thaw frozen breast milk in a microwave oven. The milk could get too hot and burn your baby's mouth. Microwaving can also damage valuable proteins in breast milk.

Thawed breast milk can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, but it should not be refrozen.

Carolyn - posted on 09/22/2009

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I used to thaw and warm up mine out in warm water as well....do NOT microwave...it will destroy all the precious nutrients it your breastmilk.

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