Having breast milk ready to go in the fridge is a great option for busy moms and allows you to pump before you need it. But can you serve it cold, directly from the fridge?
While grandma might frown upon giving your baby cold milk from the fridge, it is perfectly healthy to do so. Back in the day, milk in the bottle was always heated before being fed to the baby. Today it is not necessary to do so.
Pediatricians actually warn against warming the bottle because it may be too hot for baby and burn their mouth, tongue or throat. Microwaves can be a hazardous to a feed as the contents of a bottle may not warm evenly. Therefore, avoid it if you can to prevent scalding.
If you do intend to warm breast milk, particularly if frozen, it is best to run the bottle under luke warm water. In order to preserve the nutritional value of the milk try to avoid overheating. Again the use of a microwave will destroy the nutrient quality of the milk you seek for the health of your baby.
While your baby may be hesitant to take a cold bottle at first, it won’t take them long to understand that this is the norm. Note that giving baby breast milk at room temperature is perfectly fine too, although understand that it needs to be discarded after a few hours.