Advice on Defrosting Breastmilk

After storing breastmilk in the fridge or freezer, should you warm it before giving it to the baby, or is it okay to give it cold? I haven't been able to find information anywhere on defrosting and feeding.

-- eileen


Many moms have found their babies won't accept breastmilk that is too cold, so I suggest that you warm it. As for defrosting and feeding, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, published by La Leche League International, says, "Do not let milk stand at room temperature to thaw. Instead, thaw it quickly by putting the container under running water, first cold, then gradually getting warmer until the milk is warm. Do not heat the milk on the stove or in a microwave oven."

-- LLLGabs

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