Heating things up

Monday, May 6, 2013
I continue to spend a good chunk of time reading up on newborn care, rather than pregnancy care. Today I came across the subject of warming up expressed milk or formula. Apparently a lot of parents these days spend several months of their newborns lives heating up their little one's milk. The recommended way to do this is to put a bottle of breast milk or formula into a bottle warmer or saucepan of warm water until the milk is warm. You can also hold a bottle under running water for a few minutes.
Despite having convenient options, a lot of parents are tempted to use a microwave. Before you give into temptation, educate yourself ! Microwaves are known to heat unevenly, creating potentially dangerous hots spots in the middle of liquid, not to mention destroying the protective antibodies found in breast milk. Another thing to keep in mind are potentially toxic chemicals that may leach out of plastic bottles when heated in the microwave. For those reasons, it is recommended that you avoid the use of microwaves altogether for the purpose of warming bottles. 

If you are still determined to use the microwave, it's been strongly suggested to only do so with formula (NOT BREAST MILK) for no more than a few seconds at a time, and that you make absolutely sure to take extra precautions to mix the formula well and make sure it's not too hot before giving it your baby. 

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