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I have some questions about using stored breast milk?

I have a quick question about using breast milk that was stored in the fridge. If I heat up 4 ounces of cold milk and baby only takes 2, do I have to throw away the additional 2 ounces or can I use it for the next feeding?

Also if I can use it for the next feeding can I let it sit out or do I need to put the bottle back in the fridge and reheat? Thanks for your help!

Rita Madden | Other Provider

Rita Madden

Breast milk does not necessarily need to be warmed. You may prefer to take the chill off and serve at room temperature or you may serve it cold. Otherwise, once breastmilk has been reheated, your baby should drink it within 2 hours. 

Use thawed breast milk within 24 hours, use reheated breast milk within 2 hours. Once your baby has sipped from a bottle or cup, any remaining milk in that bottle or cup should be discarded after 2 hours. Do not reheat the milk and do not refreeze milk that has been thawed. The best practice is to only warm what you know your baby will drink. You can always warm more milk.

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