How should expressed breast milk be safely thawed and warmed?

  • Do not thaw or warm expressed breast milk in the microwave as this destroys the living cells in the milk.
  • Frozen breast milk can be thawed in the refrigerator or alternatively in a bowl of warm water.19 Sterilise the cup or bottle before decanting the thawed breast milk.
  • Thawed breast milk should be used within 24 hours and should not be refrozen. If not used, it should be discarded.19