So you’ve been storing your breast milk in the freezer and are now ready to use that liquid gold that’s been hiding behind the ice cream. Defrosting it correctly is essential. Improper thawing can negatively affect the nutritional properties of the milk and make it unsafe for your baby. What are the safe ways to thaw frozen breast milk, and what methods should you avoid? We give you the breakdown.
YOU CAN THAW FROZEN BREAST MILK…
IN THE FRIDGE
It takes approximately 12 hours to defrost breast milk in the refrigerator. Know you will need milk in the morning? Move it from the freezer to your fridge in the evening and let it thaw overnight.
UNDER WARM RUNNING WATER
Hold a bag or bottle of frozen breast milk under warm running water. Start at a lower temperature and gradually increase the heat to a maximum of 99 degrees F.
IN A BOWL OF WARM WATER
Place your bag or container of frozen breast milk in a bowl of warm — not hot — water.
WITH THE RIGHT BOTTLE WARMER
Bottle warmers can defrost breast milk, but traditional bottle warmers use only steam heat, which is too hot and can destroy those all-important breast milk proteins. Look for a bottle warmer that will preserve milk nutrients. An excellent option is the Baby Brezza Safe + Smart Baby Bottle Warmer. It’s the only warmer with two settings, one for breast milk and another for formula, to ensure both are safely heated to the right temperature.
For breast milk, the Steady Warm setting uses a warm water bath (instead of steam) to safely defrost breast milk. The warming basket fits most milk storage bags, plus you’ll never have to worry about overheating thanks to its auto shut-off.
For formula, the Quick Warm setting uses steam heat to rapidly and safely warm formula and baby food. Even better -- it’s the only smart warmer so you can operate it from your phone with bluetooth using the FREE Baby Brezza app and get alerts when your bottle is ready.
For moms who are not particularly tech-savvy, or just don’t want the added Bluetooth function, we introduce the Baby Brezza Bottle & Breastmilk Warmer. Get the same settings and intuitive design at a more affordable price.