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#1 nott

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:30 AM


I expressed and gave that bottle to my baby usually the same or the next day. Now, I store the bottles in the fridge door.

Yet, when warming, my parents found it v time consuming ( i use a mug, add hot water to create a bath and place the bottle in the mug) and annoying when baby yells and cries in midnight!

how to do it quicker? / can i NOT put the bottle in the fridge / can I take the bottle out of the fridge door an hour b4 feeding and place it in rm temp.? ( is that safe?)

By the way, roughly what temperature for the milk is gd for the baby? ( parents think cold milk is not too gd for baby's tummy, and I know too hot will pose a danger. )

tks a lot

#2 pippityroo

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:15 AM

The few times I've given dd3 EBM, I've heated it in a bowl of warm water, only takes about 10mins when frozen.

According to ABA, you can store fresh EBM at room temp for 6-8hrs.

#3 Futureself

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:19 AM

Heres the Australian breastfeeding association's guide to storing breastmilk which may help

Freshly expressed milk can go in a container and be left out at room temperature for 6-8 hours (as long as room temperature isn't too hot). For the midnight feeds, can you express just before bed and leave it out so it's there ready for whoever is doing that feed?

As flr milk temperature, for us, room temperature or still slightly cool works. DS is having one bottle of EBM a day that coming from the freezer. It goes in a bowl of warm water to thaw but we're not serving it warm, only whatever temp it gets to in the 45 minutes or so it sits there. I wouldn't serve it cold, but I also want DS to be used to bottles that aren't warm, just in case he needs to have one while we're out and about and can't heat it.

#4 tick

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

QUOTE (nott @ 08/11/2012, 06:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
By the way, roughly what temperature for the milk is gd for the baby? ( parents think cold milk is not too gd for baby's tummy, and I know too hot will pose a danger. )

Milk from the breast would be about 37 degrees .... though many babies accept it a bit cooler from a bottle.  Depends on the baby really, mine will drink EBM but only if it's nice and warm.

#5 g_uzica

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:30 AM

I check the temp of my EBM on the inside of my wrist.  If you can't feel the drops it means it's at your body temp which is fine.  DS doesn't care what the temp of his milk is.

Try using something bigger than a mug as I found mugs don't hold enough water and the water goes cold quickly.  I use a large plastic cup and use boiling water, this usually takes about 2 minutes to heat 150ml .  DS will take a dummy when he is hungry which keeps him quiet while I'm organising his bottle (he doesn't usually have a dummy throughtout the day).

My mother constantly tells me off if I give DS colder EBM because it'll give him an upset stomach or give him a cold.  It hasn't (yet).

Edited by g_uzica, 08 November 2012 - 07:36 AM.

#6 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:32 AM

During the day, I used the bath method, just like you to heat up the EBM.
At night, I used to take the bottle out of the fridge before bed and leave it on the counter.  It'd be out for 4 hours maybe in total?  It was room temperature when I got up, only had to run it under hot water for 60 seconds to get a bit of heat into it.
My babies both drank room temp milk though, so I never had to heat it up a lot.  I never gave them cold EBM.

#7 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:25 AM

I use a big enough mug and really warm water to warm up, say 60ml EBM stored in fridge.

Is it ok to store EBM at fridge doors? Just curious.

I read some of you using boiling water to thaw or warm up the EBM, will that destroy any good stuff in it?

I have the Avent bottle warmer but found it a chore to use, to switch on and wait for the water to heat up...by the time it did my bubs crying big time.

Edited by Mum2TwoDSs, 08 November 2012 - 09:27 AM.

#8 SpaghettiMonster

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:37 AM

I fed EBM to DD from age 2wks to 10 months and she drank it straight out of the fridge with no warming. She didn't get her first cold or any upset tummy until the day before her first b'day, at which point she was off EBM. But every baby is different. I just never bought into the cold milk thing being bad:- for me I was concerned about chemicals leaking into the milk from warming the plastic avent bottles. Possibly an unfounded fear? Who knows. Figured if DD was happy with cool milk and had no repercussions then all was fine and dandy, but she was an extremely laid back baby  original.gif

#9 Etcetera

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

I'm exclusively expressing so we bought a bottle warmer.
I store milk in the quick cool area of the fridge.
She takes it room temp fine which makes it a lot easier.

#10 a letter to Elise.

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

DD drinks it straight out of the fridge or at room temperature. It doesn't seem to bother her either way. I've never heated it for either of my children.

#11 José

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:00 AM

I think it's recommended NOT  to store EBM in the fridge door. I was told by lactation consultant to warm it but only because it's warm when it comes out of the breast so if they have breast fed that's what they are used to. No concerns about illness or tummy upsets were mentioned. I think the idea that you can harm breast milk by heating it the wrong way is losing popularity.

#12 Mum2TwoDSs

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

Gosh it must be me n my paranoia... Somehow I keep thinking babies must have warm milk or they may get upset tummies. I re-warm up ebm n formula if he hasn't finished in one hour. I drank some of his leftover room temp formula just now and I hated it. Guess he would be fine taking room temp milk, I am the problem cos I only like warm milk myself.  biggrin.gif

#13 LeggyBlonde

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

QUOTE (Mum2TwoDSs @ 08/11/2012, 12:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I re-warm up ebm n formula if he hasn't finished in one hour.

If you think you are paranoid re safety, you really should read these guidelines:


They are explicit that you should not REHEAT EBM if the infant doesn't complete a feed.

#14 eM_Mille

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

I microwave my 8.5 month old's EBM if she has any. Yes, it kills the good antibodies but she only gets EBM on average once or twice a month so the rest she's getting the good stuff straight from the breast.

I wouldn't do it if she were having regular bottles of EBM but for the odd occasion I believe it's fine.

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