Stupid question alert! Heating milk

(17 Posts)
Emilythornesbff Sun 19-May-13 18:34:03

Hi
I am ebf my 4 mo dd.
We have started practising with a bottle of expressed milk and it's going ok but sometimes I cba with heating up stored milk as it seems to take forever. So I just bf her and give the expressed milk to 2 yo ds in a cup.
How do heat your baby's milk? How long does it take?
Thanks em

whatsoever Sun 19-May-13 18:42:42

We used to stand a bottle of expressed milk in a measuring jug of boiling water for 3 or 4 minutes then shake. DS likes his milk very warm - instructions usually say tap hot water not boiling but he wouldn't take it that way.

Now we're moving slowly onto formula so there are more bottles, we've bought the Avent bottle warmer.

Emilythornesbff Sun 19-May-13 18:45:50

Oh. Ok thanks.
I do have a bottle warmer.
Must find the instructions grin

5madthings Sun 19-May-13 18:49:00

Just warm it in a jug of hot water. Dont shake it tho, you arent supposed to shake bmilk, just swirl it. Look on kellymom.for info.

Emilythornesbff Sun 19-May-13 21:28:19

Oh. Ok thanks.

Ellypoo Sun 19-May-13 22:43:54

My dd (almost 6 wks) will have ebm quite cool and room temp so we just warm it in our hands in bottle once got it out of fridge and give it a few shakes and that's fine. Or just at room temp.

sleepyhead Sun 19-May-13 22:52:54

Ds1 would happily take ebm in a bottle straight from the fridge. It's worth a try - no reason you have to warm it.

CrackersandCheese Mon 20-May-13 13:55:27

Please don't shake breast milk. It's not good for it.

Emilythornesbff Tue 21-May-13 09:47:55

What's the problem with shaking breastmilk?

silverangel Tue 21-May-13 10:05:18

We used the bottle warmer at first, but it takes 7 mins from fridge temperature. Moved on to the microwave, 30 seconds only and shook it well so no hotspots. This is against most advice but warming from fridge temp in a jug of hot water never got it hot enough (fussy twins liked it warm...).

Emilythornesbff Tue 21-May-13 15:27:44

she doesn't like it cold.

catlady1 Tue 21-May-13 15:30:45

Why not shake breast milk? I always have, as it separates. What does it do?

whatsoever Tue 21-May-13 16:38:17

I have to say, I've always shook it & DS has never been poorly from it. The fatty part of the milk sticks to the bottle if you don't shake it.

5madthings Tue 21-May-13 17:40:54

Don't shake it just 'swirl' it so it mixes the seperated bits, its not good to shake it, I can't remember why...will find a link...

5madthings Tue 21-May-13 17:43:44

Apparently shaking damages some of yhd 'live' components of breast milk. If you have a google there are lots of articles/links etc. Kellymom has stuff about it smile

whatsoever Tue 21-May-13 17:55:34

http://www.breastfeedingsymbol.org/2007/09/10/fun-with-human-milk/

This site suggests while molecules are damaged, it's not a big deal to shake it.

Emilythornesbff Tue 21-May-13 19:49:44

Thanks for that link whatsoever

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