Does no one warm milk anymore?

(23 Posts)
Pickles77 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:10:14

Im mix feeding at the moment and have noticed most people don't warm bottles (that I've seen)
I went to lunch on Sunday with a group of mums and they all seemed to think I was being pfb when I got out my bottle Warmer. ( it's like a flask for bottles).
I've been looking up bottle warmers online and they seems to be a lack of them and they are really expensive,
I like giving my dd warm milk- am I in the minority here? I mean breast milk is warm but sma tins say can be served at room temp.
I'm just puzzled a bit.

NellyBluth Tue 09-Oct-12 21:22:47

I think the cooler the baby can take the milk, the better - it makes life easier! Then they can drink from cartons on the go, and also you can take out a warmed bottle in one of those thermal bottle holders if you make up beforehand. And if you do make up in advance, you don't have to warm the bottle from the fridge.

I've also been told the same thing about weaning, let your baby get used to eating cooler rather than hotter food (or at least mixed) so that you don't have a huge issue when you are out and about.

Its not really pfb.

I warmed DDs bottles until she was about 6 months I think. Then it was room temp.

But I preprepared her bottles and kept them in the fridge (which is very frowned upon) so they needed warmed.

I am lazy and therefore DD always had her milk just as it came. One less thing to worry about. Now she's nearly 3, she just has it straight out the fridge.

Pickles77 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:36:33

Why is the fridge storage frowned upon? I'm doing it confused
Thanks for the insights it's very confusing. Maybe I like warning them as I can't drink cold milk myself (makes me sick) and I like the idea of it all warm.
And warm milk at bedtime makes adults sleepy so I figured might make dd sleepy.
No proof of this tonight though hmm

MummifiedBonkeyMollocks Tue 09-Oct-12 21:38:16

I always warmed milk. Mainly because I also made up bottles and kept them in the fridge.

Because now you are supposed to make each bottle as required. One at a time.

I made six. Let them cool to room temp and then put them in the fridge. I will be doing that again with this one.

lyndie Tue 09-Oct-12 21:39:37

Given the choice between a nice warm bottle and a cold one if I were a baby I know what I'd choose! Breast milk is warm after all. I have seen travel bottle warmers or parents in cafes asking for hot water to warm a bottle in.

MummifiedBonkeyMollocks Tue 09-Oct-12 21:39:37

They change advice every bloody year!

You will be 'allowed' to pre-make them up in another year or two. Just wait!

SamSmalaidh Tue 09-Oct-12 21:43:44

Preparing bottles in advance and keeping them in the fridge (so long as you make them properly in the first place) is better than doing what I've seen some people do - making them up with cold water! You are supposed to flash cool them rather than letting them sit out and cool to room temperature though as it gives less opportunity for bacteria to multiply.

Heavensmells Tue 09-Oct-12 21:44:56

Neither if my ds's would drink milk if it wasn't warm/nearly hot. Was a pita but both were winter babies do it seemed like the right thing to do. I did warm them in the microwave though.

NellyBluth Tue 09-Oct-12 21:45:02

You are only recommended to make up one or two at a time for hygiene reason. I made up 6 at a time, flash-cooled them and then put them in the fridge. I think a lot of people actually do. I do make them up properly when DD has a poorly tummy though (even though its generally teething that's caused the tummy, but just to be sure)

Cydonia Tue 09-Oct-12 21:45:20

At least 3 people at my baby massage class last week warmed their bottles before feeding so yes, some people still do it! One of them said their LO won't take it cold so I guess it's just your or your babies preference.

ScaryBOOAlot Tue 09-Oct-12 21:45:40

Are you preparing them with boiling water? To store in a fridge the safe way to do it is to prepare with boiling water, then cool under a tap, then put in the fridge. Its not ideal.

If you're giving a ready made carton, then they can be given at room temperature. If its powder from a tin, its not safe to just mix and give it, as unfortunately you see happening far too often.

Pickles77 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:49:55

Ahh good I'm making 2 as I'm mix feeding and flash cooling and fridging smile
Really glad to know there isn't a right or wrong regarding temp! Still new too this. Might write a book- curious and terrified wink

I always make with boiling water. Well, boiled water that has been left to cool for maybe 5 to 10 minutes. Im shock that people make it with cold water.

Didnt know that about flash cooling. I will know for this baby. Thanks.

ScaryBOOAlot Tue 09-Oct-12 21:53:04

How are you, Pickles? I was on your other thread. (SirBoobAlot)

harrassedswlondonmum Tue 09-Oct-12 21:57:44

"If its powder from a tin, its not safe to just mix and give it, as unfortunately you see happening far too often."

This is all behind me now but I saw this thread and got curious. I used to mix pre-measured powder into room temperature (cooled, boiled) water. Are you saying this isn't safe? Why? I understood it was much safer to mix the powder at the last minute as there is less time for bacteria to grow. Did I do it wrong all those years?!

ScaryBOOAlot Tue 09-Oct-12 22:04:05

Formula isn't sterile. Its not bacteria in the water you need to worry about, but in the formula. If its not prepared correctly then it can actually be quite dangerous. Powder should never be added to room temperature water.

No point fretting about it now, but for future reference - should you have another, or become a grandmother! - then this is the safe way to do it.

harrassedswlondonmum Tue 09-Oct-12 22:11:23

So is the water at 70 degrees hot enough to kill the bacteria in the powder? Is that why it says no less than 70 degrees?

I'm sure by the time I'm a grandmother the advice will have changed again!

It's 70 degrees because that is warm enough to kill the bugs, but not too hot, so as to breakdown the nutrients in the milk. My mate is a doctor and when her LO was in SCBU she did some research into this as she was having to supplement her expressed milk.

TransatlanticCityGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 23:09:40

I've never warmed bottles. Always served breast milk at room temperature, and cow's milk served cold. We didn't use a lot of formula as I mostly BFed but we served cartons at room temperature and only gave warm bottles when they were made with powder.
Nursery sometimes warmed her bottles. I was just lazy and couldn't be asked to add an extra step when DD obviously didn't care one way or another.

Flojo1979 Tue 09-Oct-12 23:15:45

I always warmed the bottles, even if I'd opened a carton. I used the flask type warmer when out and about. It think its much nicer for baby to have comforting warm milk that cold.
My dc's are now 7&3 and still have a mug of warm milk every night before bed.

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