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Old 07-26-2012, 09:30 AM   #1
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I have breastfed 4 babies and my first 3 never took bottles well so I never stored up milk for them. My fourth baby takes a bottle very well and tonight I am going away for a few hours so hubby is going to feed baby. I have pumped plenty of milk but its sitting in the fridge cold! Is there a quick safe way to heat it up for babe? He is 7 weeks old.

I know it is not recommended to be microwaved but wouldn't it be fine just to wave it for 20 seconds just this once?

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Old 07-26-2012, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: How do I safely heat up breastmilk? feel like a newbie, lol

Grab a bigger bowl, fill it with hot (tap) water, and then set your milk container in there. Shouldn't take too long (30 seconds?) if the container is a bag, they transfer heat well. If the container is already a bottle, it could take longer (2 minutes?). Even 20 seconds could be way too long in the microwave as far as getting hot spots.
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Grab a bigger bowl, fill it with hot (tap) water, and then set your milk container in there. Shouldn't take too long (30 seconds?) if the container is a bag, they transfer heat well. If the container is already a bottle, it could take longer (2 minutes?). Even 20 seconds could be way too long in the microwave as far as getting hot spots.
That's a good idea. There are two medela bottles, each has 4 oz in it.
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Re: How do I safely heat up breastmilk? feel like a newbie, lol

Microwaving breastmilk will cause it to lose some of the nutrients, as well as causing hot spots that can burn baby. Even 20 seconds can be harmful.

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/m...e/milkstorage/

I EP'ed for DS1 and DS2... to warm up cold milk, I either did as PP suggested and set it in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes (if it were in a storage bag) or boiled a pot of water, and then put the milk in there for a few minutes (if it were in a storage container).
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I put the bottle in a pot with boiling water and within a couple minutes it was over 130 degrees! Hubby had to put it in the fridge for awhile until it was at 98. thanks for the help!
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I put the bottle in a pot with boiling water and within a couple minutes it was over 130 degrees! Hubby had to put it in the fridge for awhile until it was at 98. thanks for the help!
I put it in a drinking glass of the hottest water out of the tap. Hope you enjoyed your time out!
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