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How To Warm Breast Milk With Sous Vide


The sous vide is a great tool for cooking food, but it can also be used to reheat or defrost food and drink. One of the unique ways you can use a sous vide or immersion circulator is to warm breast milk. Since the sous vide will stay at a constant temperature, it’s easy and safe to warm breast milk using this method.

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An immersion circulator or Sous Vide is a device that circulates water by running an electrical pump to move water through the device. The temperature stays regulated and constant making it a great tool for warming up food and liquids carefully.

🥛Benefits of Warming Breast Milk Using Sous Vide

Warming breast milk in an immersion circulator is safe and healthy. This method has many benefits over how you would typically warm breast milk or formula.

  • Since the temperature is regulated at all times, your milk won’t be scorched or scalded making it a safe drinking temperature for the baby.
  • Using the sous vide method keeps all nutrients intact since it won’t overheat the milk.
  • Warming breast milk this way is not as time consuming as other methods and you can it while taking care of other tasks round the house.
  • If life happens and you leave the milk in for a little longer than you needed to it will still be ready as the temperature will not change.
  • If needed, you can warm several bottles or bags of milk at once saving time and energy.

NOTE: This is post is not medical advice. Using any device to warm breast milk to feed infants can have health implications if not executed properly.

🍼 How To Warm Breast Milk Using Sous Vide

  1. Add enough water to fully submerge bottles to a large pot.
  2. Add the immersion circulator.
  3. Set the temperature to 105F.
  4. Once the temperature is reached, submerge a sealed bottle with breast milk or a sealed bag with breast milk.
  5. If the bag or bottle floats to the top, use a weight such as a large cooking tool. This will keep it submerged properly.
  6. Let the breast milk warm for 15 minutes before removing and feeding to your baby.

FAQ

How does warming breast milk in the sous vide affect the nutrients in the milk?

Warming breast milk in the sous vide is safe and how it how keeps all nutrients intact because how this method of warming will keep your milk sterile at a stable temperature.

How long should the milk stay at 98.6°F (37°C) before being removed from the sous vide bath?

The milk will keep for up to 6 hours but ideally should be used in 4 hours.

How do I ensure that no dirt or bacteria gets into the sous vide bath when placing and removing the bottle?

Always start with clean and sterilized bottles and sous vide equipment. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the bottle or bag, making sure to clean all areas where the milk will touch. Wash your hands again once finished using the sous vide.

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How To Warm Breast Milk Using Sous Vide

The sous vide is a great tool for cooking food, but it can also be used to reheat or defrost food and drink. One of the unique ways you can use a sous vide or immersion circulator is to reheat breast milk. Since the sous vide will stay at a constant temperature, it's easy and safe to warm breast milk using this method.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Sous Vide
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • Sous Vide (Immersion Circulator)
  • Large Pot
  • Water

Instructions

  • Add enough water to fully submerge bottles or bags to a large pot.
  • Add the immersion circulator.
  • Set the temperature to 105F.
  • Once the temperature is reached, submerge a sealed bottle with breast milk or a sealed bag with breast milk.
  • If the bag or bottle floats to the top, use a weight such as a large cooking tool to keep it completely submerged.
  • Let the breast milk warm for 15 minutes before removing and feeding to your baby.

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