Not to heat DS's milk?
Gwenci · 26/06/2015 14:45
DS is 11 weeks old and is EBF. One of his afternoon feeds is a bottle of expressed milk, just to make sure he'll take a bottle if he ever has to. (You never know, I might get the chance to brush my hair and slip my dancing shoes on. We live in hope!)
Anyway, he was bawling away just now, demanding his milk and I was cursing having to wait for the expressed milk to warm (it was straight out of the fridge). So thought I'd stick the teat in his mouth, assuming he'd pull a face, reject it and then I'd carry on heating it.
Turns out the greedy little munchkin doesn't care if it's warm or cold. He guzzled it all straight from the fridge, no warming.
Is this ok? I've read other forums where horrified mums have shrieked 'it'll give them a CHILL!!!' Or at the very least tummy ache. Is this true? Or can I carry on giving him fridgey milk?!
Piffyonarockbun · 26/06/2015 14:51
i never warmed milk for my DD. milk was either room temperature or straight from the fridge. i never saw any ill effects and it stood her in good stead as she will now drink water or milk at any temperature .
initially i did worry about her getting tummy ache but she never seemed to.
Oobis · 26/06/2015 14:54
Fab!! My DS was exclusively BF then topped up with formula. I often have him ambient temp milk, terribly helpful to be able to when you're out and about and have a carton in your bag. If he likes it, don't make work for yourself! You might even get time for a cuppa with brushed hair ;-)
Gwenci · 26/06/2015 15:04
My thoughts exactly Adele! It's not like when I drink iced water I'm thinking 'gosh, that's making my stomach rather frosty.' So unless babies stomach's have magical nerve endings that ours don't, I'm guessing it's more of a preference thing.
Oobis, I'm thinking maybe even a cuppa that I haven't already microwaved twice!! Living the dream!
IssyStark · 26/06/2015 15:19
I fed from the tap and also used EBF for when I was out and when ds1 went to nursery. We never ever heated the milk. The only time it was ever slightly warm was if we'd been defrosting it [see tip below] but even then we warmed it to the point of no ice crystals not to blood temperature. It meant that ds was happy to take his milk whenever and wherever he could get it. Made life much easier
Top tip for freezing EBF (you may well already know this but I was freezing for a couple of months before I found out): if you freeze it in bags, freeze only a few ounces at a time in bags and freeze the bags flat. This means you can not only stack more milk in the freezer (flat freezing is more space efficient) but it take no time at all to defrost. Putting the bag in a mug of hot water or just running it under the hoot tap is enough to defrost - no microwaves and hot spots to worry about.
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hobnobsaremyfriends · 27/06/2015 03:13
Dont want to put a downer on it but some cultures do believe that drinking cold liquids will give you the chills. Although I believe HCPs would disagree with this!
The only thing I would note is that cold liquids take longer to digest by the body. My DD had constipation quite a bit when younger and I always warmed up her milk so that it didnt block her up even more . Maybe with you DS being so young, cold liquids would make him feel full for longer, and he'd end up missing feeds or drinking less milk? (worst case scenario)
NRomanoff · 27/06/2015 07:57
Dd wouldn't have warm milk. She also hated been breast fed. When moved on to bottle feeding when she was 5 weeks, bottles came out of the fridge and straight to her.
Ds would only have it warm, I found that more of a pita. When he was hungry he would scream and scream. When a baby is crying it's seems to take an age to warm the bottle up.
Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost · 27/06/2015 10:01
It's not unreasonable at all to do what you can to make your life as easy as possible. New babies are hard work.
I never used to warm my dd's bottles. For the simple reason you're not always going to be in a position to, say if you're out. Plus my dd was still is a hungry Horace, and she wouldn't have waited say 10 mins for a bottle to warm up.
Like I said new babies and being a new mum is hard enough especially if it's your first and you're still learning. I had no desire to make things more complicated for myself
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