Can You Reheat Breast Milk?

Q: My sister is having her baby soon, and would like to know if she can reheat breast milk after she has pumped it? All of the books say she can, however, the process they describe seems very confusing. Is there a simple way to reheat milk for the baby?


A: Freshly expressed milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. The naturally produced milk has antibacterial properties that prevent bacteria growth, and chilling it will also help slow growth. However, you must ensure that the nipple and the pump are very clean, or else all your hard work will be for nothing. With all the preparation, reheating is simple, and there are two ways in which you can do it!

Reheating Breast Milk

There are two ways you can warm the milk after it has been chilled. You can use a bottle warmer, in which you will follow the instructions that come with the product, or you can use warm water. Warm water is the long method. However, it is the most controlled.

Using Warm Water

To warm the milk, fill a container that will allow the bottle to be covered. Do not allow the water to flow into the bottle. The water should not be boiling, so the hottest your tap will go is fine. Allow the bottle to be in the water until the milk inside is warmed.

To test the warmth of the bottle, simply dab a drop on the soft side of your wrist. If it is too hot or too cold, it will cause discomfort for your baby.

Breastfeeding a child is one of the most beneficial ways to feed your growing young one. Breast milk has unique antibodies and nutrients that formula lack, and, therefore, many mothers are opting for breastfeeding. With this simple way to reheat your bottles, now you can pump ahead of time, and have a supply whenever you need it.

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