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December 12th, 2011, 10:50 AM
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Um...if your breastfeeding, would one still need a bottle warmer?
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December 12th, 2011, 10:53 AM
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Maybe if you had to store the breastmilk in your freezer? In case you were going to be away and someone else has to feed the baby at home.

I don't know. This is a good question
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December 12th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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You can put it in the freezer? lol.
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December 12th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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lol

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December 12th, 2011, 11:25 AM
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You only need a bottle warmer if you plan to use bottles - and even then its not necessary. We only breastfeed so we don't need a bottle warmer. We do freeze breastmilk just in case I need surgery and the baby needs a bottle.
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December 12th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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It is really up to you. Breastmilk warms up and unthaws pretty quickly under really hot tap water. I have never liked the bottle warmers because it was just as easy to do it in the tap water, but I'm sure there are others who will swear by thier bottle warmer.
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December 12th, 2011, 11:31 AM
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I would need bottles because i would be going back to work, i suspect after 8 weeks i would need them
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December 12th, 2011, 11:48 AM
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I hope you don't mind - I'm popping in from the April DDC (although honestly I very well might end up here since I'm due 4/4).

With my son, we exclusively breastfed, but I worked full time, so I did pump and store. We used the bags and would store like 2-3 oz in each and organize them in our freezer. In a deep freeze, they can last up to 6 months. So then when we needed a bag we would either thaw in the fridge overnight or under warm tap water. We always just did it to thaw and get to room temperature, never to actually warm it up. It was room temperature out of my boob, so why would he need it heated. In fact, more times than not, he just took it on the cold side....especially when we stored the thawed bottles in the fridge at daycare.

I know some women swear by bottle warmers and I'm sure there are some babies who like warmed milk, but we never gave our son the choice and he didn't know the difference. I hope this helps!!
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December 12th, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Thanks Beth! - Good to know. I wont bother putting it on my registry then.
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December 12th, 2011, 11:56 AM
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You'll need bottles, yes, but remember you won't necessarily need them yourself. I pumped for Danny when I went back to work, but when we were together, I just nursed him straight from the tap. For the very rare times someone else gave him a bottle at our house, we just warmed up the milk under a hot running tap.
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December 12th, 2011, 12:33 PM
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Looks like you got your answer, but I just wanted to chime in that I was one warmed breastmilk in hot tap water. It's thin, so it doesn't take as long as formula to warm. So, while you don't register for a warmer, definitely put breastmilk storage bags on your registry.
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December 12th, 2011, 12:41 PM
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oooh good idea Nia!
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December 12th, 2011, 12:46 PM
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Yes girl! It'slike $10 for 50 of them. I used that many on maternity leave. LOL!
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December 12th, 2011, 01:02 PM
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lurking here from the April DDC, but I just wanted to add that I pumped after going to work, and my son only liked his bottles on the warm side - which is NOT room temp. room temp is usually like 70-80degrees and your body temp is much higher (98.6). So we did use a bottle warmer - well my DH did. Always thaw the BM before warming it, and like others said it doesn't take as long as formula, so don't leave it in the warmer too long. Daycare just used a warm/hot cup of water to warm the milk.
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December 12th, 2011, 01:05 PM
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The bottle warmer is a little bit redundant since warm water works, but if you have lazies in your household and a suddenly awake baby at 3am who wants food, it's a lot faster. (I was exclusively pumping at the time.)
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December 12th, 2011, 05:10 PM
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I just warm it under running tap cause dd liked it to be just room temp and I was always worried bottle earners would warm it too much and destroy the nutrients.
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