How do I use it after it has been in the fridge or freezer?

If it is from the fridge, just warm it up by soaking the bottle in a bowl of hot water.

Do not shake it when you take it out from the fridge or even after it has been warmed up. Just swirl the milk in the bottle. This is because breast milk contains long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and if we shake the bottle, these fatty acids will break and the benefits will be less.

We need to understand what the concerns are and not just react emotionally if someone shakes the breast milk. Don’t get upset, it’s not like the milk is spoilt. What we can do is educate others on how to handle the breast milk.

If the milk is from the freezer and you want to use it tomorrow, then tonight you move it from the freezer to the fridge. I would usually recommend placing it in the fridge in a container which has been filled with water so that it thaws in cold water.

Usually the next day, it would all be thawed.

Then warm it up by soaking the bottle in a bowl of hot water.

The thawed milk is recommended to be used within 24 hours. Unfortunately, you can’t change your mind and refreeze it after you have thawed it.

Having said that, use your own judgment when you want to use it, by smelling it to see if it has spoilt. Don’t just throw it away if you took it out for a short period of time and then put it back in the freezer. Sometimes it is still good and can be consumed.

Excerpt from Answering breastfeeding questions ( Thots N Tots & SusuIbu.Com )

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