Breastmilk will often separate into a layer of milk and cream when stored. The milk should be gently shaken to redistribute the cream prior to feeding the baby. Cold breastmilk can be heated by immersing it into a bowl of warm water or by running it under warm tap water. Frozen breastmilk can be thawed in the refrigerator overnight or in a bowl of cool water. Milk that has been thawed can be stored in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Milk should never be microwaved or heated on the stove. By learning how to store and handle breastmilk safely, a mother will ensure she is giving her baby the freshest milk possible.
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