Defrosting and Warming of Breast Milk

How to prepare stored breast milk

Do not warm breast milk up in the microwave!

Breast milk can be defrosted in the refrigerator or at room temperature and then placed in a warm water bath or held under running lukewarm water until the milk reaches 37˚C.

Breast milk should not be warmed in the microwave. Breast milk may separate during defrosting into aqueous and fatty parts. Careful shaking of the milk will reunify these components. Small changes in color are not a cause for concern. They do not mean that the milk is bad; it can still be used .

Defrosted breast milk should be used within 24 hours.