Thawing breastmilk: Can heated breastmilk be saved for baby?

Once breastmilk is heated by holding under warm water and not used, can it be refrigerated for later that night or even the next day?

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Breastmilk should not be used later, once it has been thawed under warm running water. If you have thawed it in the refrigerator, and have removed only a portion to feed your baby, you can use the (unused) portion up to nine hours later. Do not refreeze or reuse milk that has already been warmed or offered to your baby.

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