Childhood Diseases

Posted by: k | 2009-09-04


milk again

sorry me again. problem is my son wont drink milk cold and it needs to be stored in the fridge once opened. is it ok to warm it in the microwave to room temperature? or will this spoil the nutrients?

Expert's Reply



If you put the milk in the microwave you may well destroy some of the important nutrients.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-09-04

Most babies don' t like cold milk but prefer it at body temperature.

The microwave does destroy nutrients, and also there are hot spots and icy spots in the milk then as it doesn' t heat through evenly.

It' s better to heat it by standing it in a pot of boiled water for a few minutes before you feed it to baby (e.g. while you are changing nappy) and then testing it by squirting a few drops on your wrist to test the temp. If still cold, stand a bit longer, if too hot, run the bottle under the cold tap for a bit and test again. Ideally you shouldn' t feel it on your skin when you squirt it as its then body temp (as breastmilk is).

You can also get yourself a bottle warmer. Never leave a bottle of milk or prepared formula standing in it for a long time as the warmth is the ideal conditions for bacteria to grow and can give your baby a runny tummy, but you can pop the bottle in it before you are to feed and it will be warmed up to the set temperature in a few minutes - its the same concept as the pot of boiled water, it' s just more convenient.

If it' s formula you are trying to warm up, you can also boil the kettle in the morning, let the water cool to the temp you want, and then fill a flask. Then when baby wants to feed, you put the water from the flask into the bottle, mix in the formula - and there you go - it' s the right temp immediately.

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