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    Default How to thaw breast milk?

    Is it OK to thaw frozen breast milk on the counter at room temperature or should you thaw it in the fridge?





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    You are suppose to do it in the fridge. I think...? Thats what I always do, or If my DS needs a bottle right away then I thaw it in warm water to feed him.

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    I thaw it in warm water.
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    From Kellymom - Breastmilk Storage & Handling


    To thaw milk
    • Thaw slowly in the refrigerator (this takes about 12 hours – try putting it in the fridge the night before you need it). Avoid letting milk sit out at room temperature to thaw.
    • For quicker thawing, hold container under running water - start cool and gradually increase temperature.
    Previously frozen milk may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours after it has finished thawing. Do not refreeze.
    To warm milk
    • Heat water in a cup or other small container, then place frozen milk in the water to warm; or
    • Use a bottle warmer.
    • NEVER microwave human milk or heat it directly on the stove.
    The cream will rise to the top of the milk during storage. Gently swirl milk (do not shake) to mix before checking temperature and offering to baby.
    If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it may be refrigerated and offered at the next feeding before it is discarded.
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    Another question...on the back of my breastmilk storage bags, it says that breastmilk can stay in the fridge for as long as 8 days. Can this include milk that has been previously frozen?





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    No. It applies only to fresh not previously frozen.

    Previously frozen milk may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours after it has finished thawing. Do not refreeze.

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