How to Thaw Breastmilk From The Freezer

How to Thaw Breastmilk From The Freezer

Have you built up a stash of breastmilk storage? You must be imagining how to thaw breastmilk from the freezer safely. Well, here are several methods for you to thaw breastmilk from the storage without damaging it.

Thaw Breastmilk Overnight


If you know in advance when you will use the breastmilk, then you can put it in the refrigerator 24 hours ago or overnight. Put the breastmilk bags in a clean food container. As it will be safe if there is any leak in the bag and you can save your precious baby’s milk. 24 hours should be sufficient to thaw breastmilk completely. But by any chance, if it’s not, you can use one of the following methods to thaw it completely.

In A Bowl Of Warm Water

Put your breastmilk bags in a bowl of warm water. Your frozen breastmilk bag will float on top of the water, so switch sides accordingly. Change the water quickly as it will cool down in the process to thaw the storage bag.

Under Warm Running Water

Rather than refreshing the water in a container frequently, you can thaw breastmilk under warm running water while holding it. Always remember to use warm tap water instead of hot water to avoid scalding the breastmilk or melting the storage bag.

You can use both methods to safely thaw breastmilk from the freezer. Just be careful and do not heat up the breastmilk as it can damage the nutrition.

Special Tips

If you are using any type of storage bag for breastmilk, then take some precautions to not damage the bags. You can end up tearing or making holes in the bag while freezing and thawing process. There are a few things to protect these bags.

Freeze The Bags Flat

Freezing your breastmilk storage bags flat will decrease the number of crinkles and corners your frozen bags have. It makes the bag more prone to tearing up and making holes in the process of thawing. Additionally, it will be very easy to store and assemble them. You can freeze it directly on a freezer shelf or cookie sheet.

Thawing Breastmilk In Microwave

never thaw breastmilk in a microwave

Never thaw or heat your breastmilk in the microwave! It is very unsafe for your baby. There is a risk of scalding the milk and even boiling portions of milk while a few parts remain frozen. This can burn your baby’s mouth and throat, horrifying? It can also burn the milk and melt the container.

Thaw Breastmilk At Room Temperature

never thaw breastmilk at room temperature

It is unsafe to thaw breastmilk to the counter. During the process, portions of breastmilk will thaw at room temperature and will remain at room temperature while the rest will take time to thaw.

Thawing Breastmilk Into A Bottle Warmer

use spectra bottle warmer

A bottle warmer is not safe to thaw breastmilk from the freezer, even in a bottle. With a bottle warmer you will risk having a layer of hot milk surrounding an interior core of ice. Also, it will take a very long time to thaw, and you risk having hot pockets in the milk. This is an inefficient way to thaw and makes breastmilk unsafe for your baby to drink.

Spectra For An Easy Life

Spectra comes with high-quality material for your breastmilk storage. You can buy Disposable Breastmilk Storage Bags to reduce the chance of leakage while thawing. Spectra has various tremendous electric breast pumps and accessories to make your life easy.