Quick Answer: How long does breast milk last after heating?

Once breast milk is brought to room temperature or warmed, use it within 2 hours. Never refreeze breast milk after it has thawed.

Can you put breast milk back in fridge after warming?

Once you warm the breast milk, you can give it to your child right away or put it in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours. You should not leave warm breast milk out at room temperature. You should not refreeze it.

Can you save breast milk after it has been heated?

Yes. You can offer it again within the next two hours. Per the CDC: Once breast milk is brought to room temperature or warmed after storing in the refrigerator or freezer, it should be used within 2 hours.

Why is thawed breast milk only good for 24 hours?

Previously frozen milk that has been thawed can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (Lawrence & Lawrence, 2010). There is currently limited research that supports the safety of refreezing breastmilk as this may introduce further breakdown of nutrients and increases the risk of bacterial growth.

Does breast milk spoil if not refrigerated?

Room temperature.

Freshly expressed breast milk can be kept at room temperature for up to six hours. However, it’s optimal to use or properly store the breast milk within four hours, especially if the room is warm.

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Is it OK to warm up breast milk twice?

It’s not safe to reheat a bottle of breast milk. Give your baby an hour to finish up, and then dump whatever’s left. Once a baby sucks on the bottle, it’s contaminated with saliva and is a breeding ground for bacteria. Note: Babies don’t require warm milk (whether it’s formula or breast milk).

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