Feeding Expressed Breast Milk

  • Breast milk does not need to be warmed. It can be served room temperature or cold.
  • If you decide to warm the breast milk, here are some tips:
  • Keep the container sealed.
  • Place the sealed container into a bowl of warm water or hold it under warm, but not hot, running water for a few minutes.
  • Test the milk’s temperature before feeding it to your baby by putting a few drops on your wrist.
  • Do not heat breast milk directly on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Swirl the breast milk to mix the fat, which may have separated.
  • If your baby did not finish the bottle, use the leftover milk within 2 hours after the baby is finished feeding. After 2 hours, leftover breast milk should be discarded.

In the event that you have leftover milk, you can always save it for baths, cuts or even breastmilk jewelry!

Information taken directly from the CDC website 10/14/2021

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