Thawing Frozen Milk
To thaw frozen milk, you can do one of the following:
- Put the container in the refrigerator.
- Put the container in a cup of warm or lukewarm water.
- Run lukewarm water over the container.
Whatever method you choose, keep these tips in mind:
- Thaw the oldest milk first (REMEMBER: First in, first out).
- Keep the container sealed.
- Use milk thawed in the refrigerator within 24 hours (from the time it completely thawed—not from the time you took it out of the freezer).
- Use room-temperature or warm, thawed milk within 2 hours.
- Use leftover milk from a feeding within 2 hours after baby has finished.
- Thaw or heat milk on the stovetop or in a microwave.
- Refreeze thawed milk.
Warming Refrigerated Milk
Many babies are just fine with drinking room-temperature milk, but some prefer warmer milk. If this is your baby,
- keep the container sealed;
- place the container in a pot of warm water for a few minutes, or run warm tap water over it;
- swirl the milk inside the container to mix the fat that may have separated;
- test the milk’s temperature by putting a few drops on your wrist (you want the milk warm, not hot).