How to Thaw Frozen Breast Milk

By Kimbry Parker
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If your freezer is quickly filling up with breast milk, it might be time to thaw some of it out and feed it to your baby. You can keep breast milk in the freezer for up to six months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thawing breast milk is a little different than thawing a bag of frozen vegetables, though. Treat this nutritious baby food like liquid gold and thaw it properly so that your baby receives all the nutritional value it has to offer.

Step 1

Place the frozen breast milk into the refrigerator the day before you plan to use it. Leave it in the refrigerator until it’s completely thawed, usually about 12 hours.

Step 2

Put the container or bag of frozen breast milk into a bowl of warm water. Let it sit in the warm water for several minutes until the water cools down. If the milk is still frozen or needs to be heated more, replace the warm water and soak the milk for a few more minutes.

Step 3

Hold the bag or container of breast milk under warm running water for a few minutes until the milk has thawed completely.