Do I need to warm the bottle of formula or breast milk for my baby?

Diana K. Blythe, MD

Room temperature formula is perfectly safe for babies and easier for you. Try giving your baby a bottle of room temperature formula and consider yourself lucky if they like it.

For breast milk bottles, this is a little trickier. Unless you just pumped the milk, it has likely been frozen or chilled. If it is cold and not just room temperature, your baby will probably not like it and you may have to warm the milk. 

If you do warm the bottle, never use the microwave. It is dangerous and your baby can have serious burns.

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