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I can no longer afford to buy DD forumla, so tonight I'm going to buy a bag of **** milk and try giving it to her (we no longer bf because of a long sad story). Anyways, I hate the microwave and am afraid it'll kill all the nutrients in the milk, but boiling water takes forever, and when I need to give her a bottle, I don't want to wait 20 minutes, ya know?<br><br>
So, I'm stuck. Are there any other ways I can go about this? Should I start giving her milk cold now?<br><br>
If I do need to boil it, how do I go about doing that? I use bottles that have those drop in liners - do I put the milk in the bottle, leave the lid off and put it in the pot to boil? Do I boil the water and then put the bottle in after turning the pot off? I really don't know how to do this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I really wish I could leave this milk at room temperature. lol.
 

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Ok, firstly, have you looked into WIC, a foodbank, or financial assistance of anykind to help with formula costs? I'm leary of introducing milk that early, because my younger brother ended up with a horrible milk allergy due to being introduced at a young age (he was 11 months old). Luckily, his babysitter raised goats, so my parents got free goat's milk for him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
As for the milk, it has a different taste than formula, so you might want to try introducing it cold first. It would save a lot of work, and she might like it better that way. We fiddled with warming milk at first, because I figured it would make it more like breastmilk. But as it turns out, she prefers her breastmilk warm, but her fridgemilk cold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Introducing a new beverage would also be a good time to try a cup. My daughter hated bottles, but started drinking water from a straw-style sippy cup at around 7 months. I'm not sure how you would heat it in the bottle, as we've never used one. Hopefully someone can enlighten you there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You don't have to boil the milk. I have never heard that suggested. As long as it is homogenized, as you mentioned (which I prefer but I know there are some raw food people who might disagree, personally I wouldn't chance it with a child).<br><br>
Anyway, when we first switched DS to cow's milk I did warm in in the microwave, even though I know all the experts say not to. I just experimented to find out how many seconds to get my microwave to just tepid--that's all I did, take the chill off the milk. It was not really warm, just not cold anymore. I would tip the bottle or cup and test it before feeding. I never really worried about the microwave destroying any nutrients, honestly..maybe I should have but DS is a strong, healthy and thriving little guy and certainly not lacking nutritionally.<br><br>
I used Avent bottles so I just took the lid and nipple off (you should never heat the nipple or valves, I think they get too hot and could also be damaged in the micro.) or if using a cup I took the lid off first.<br><br>
You could also set it in a pan of water that has been heated on the stove, then removed for a couple of min. Or heat the water in the micro., which may be faster, and then set the bottle or cup in that. But you're right, you don't want to leave cow's milk out for a lengthy period of time before feeding, since the lacks the properties that breastmilk has in terms of protecting from spoilage for a bit longer.<br><br>
When DS was about 15 mos. I stopped warming it and he didn't care a bit. It was May when we switched to cold so the weather was warmer! You could try it cold and see if she likes it. I don't think it would hurt a one-year old any, they just may not be used to it. My son loved it. And it increased his appetite for solids, I believe, since milk is not quite as filling as formula and it became a beverage rather than a sole food source.<br><br>
Good luck. And sorry about the BF, I have a sad story about that, too. You do what you can.
 

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When we switched from formula to milk with our son we just gave him the milk cold, and he took right to it. I'd try it that way first. We were fortunate that he liked it that way--it saved a lot of hassle! He does drink less milk than he did formula, but he also eats a wide variety of foods.
 

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Please do warm the milk. When we drink things that are cold, it causes the stomach muscles to contract less, which means you digest much slower and don't get the nutrients you need. You miss out on absorption that is necessary. This is especially problematic when eating a warm meal with a cold drink, that can cause bloating, cramps, and other digestive problems.<br>
That's why babies fed cold formula often have issues with it.<br><br>
I've never had a bottle of anything take 20 minutes to boil, how are you heating it?? Try putting it in a glass mason jar and putting that in a pot to boil. I wouldn't microwave if you could avoid it. Microwaves do more then just heat unevenly, they change the milk. :-/
 

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When I needed to take the cold edge off of a bottle I ran the tap water hot and filled a ball jar around the bottle - worked every time , I would imagine if microwaving water in a container and setting the bottle in it would work as well. I have to reiterate what the other posters said - please DO NOT microwave milk ( not breastmilk or cows milk)<br><br>
many of the pages I got on google suggest that microwaving milk ( refering specificaly to cows milk I believe) converted some of its amino acids into carcinogens. I'm trying to find more info to see if that finding has been repeated.<br><br>
the most common comment about the breast milk was that heating it in a microwave caused vitamin loss and other slight changes.<br><br>
Another problem with heating in a microwave is that it will heat unevenly allowing hot spots to form that could burn your baby.
 

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If you have a crock pot, you could also use that as a bottle warmer. Just leave water in it, keep it turned on, and plop a bottle of milk in there when you need to warm it up.
 

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We're talking about a one year old? Cold milk should be fine.<br><br>
WIC, btw, doesn't give formula or food for BF mom after baby is 1. They give cereal, milk, cheese, eggs, beans, and juice. No peanut butter, though.<br><br>
My DD drank her expressed breast milk, soymilk, or almond milk cold from a sippy from the time she started daycare at 10 1/2 mos. She hadn't had a bottle since she was 5 weeks old and just made a mess with it, so the sippy was easier for us, either a straw-sippy or a sport-bottle design are what she prefers rather than the "standard" spout. She actually wouldn't drink the expressed milk if it was warmed up. I stopped pumping and switched to alternative milks full-time when she was a little over 11 mos. Pumping was too much hassle for the negligible return.<br><br>
If your dd doesn't eat much yet, supplementing the milk w/ fortified baby cereal or a vitamin might be a good idea.
 

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many of the pages I got on google suggest that microwaving milk ( refering specificaly to cows milk I believe) converted some of its amino acids into carcinogens. I'm trying to find more info to see if that finding has been repeated.<br><br>
the most common comment about the breast milk was that heating it in a microwave caused vitamin loss and other slight changes.<br><br>
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I would be most interested in any findings regarding carcinogens in milk after microwaving. I typed in "cow's milk microwave carcinogen" and found virtually nothing on it, except for something on mercola.com (whom I regard with a certain amount of skepticism I have to say) but even he was mostly talking about milk as a source of allergy problems. I hope this is not one of those urban legends that circle the web unsubstantiated (not by you, by the people who write about it)<br><br>
I never had a problem with hotspots. Know your microwave, test the milk, stir it, you're okay. Like I said, I always served it tepid, not warm even.
 

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Regarding the microwave thing, I've heard that as well. Though what I heard had more to do with the plastic bottle leaching chemicals when heated, than something happening with the milk. My MIL actually sent me an email last week about a new study that was done. I'll have to check and see if it's still in my deleted box. It's for all plastic in microwaves, not just bottles, which is why we've switched to Corningware for microwaving food.<br><br>
As a sidenote, if you're ever sceptical about things you read in email chains/websites being possible urban legends, check out <a href="http://www.snopes.com" target="_blank">www.snopes.com</a>. They're pretty good about finding out what's true and what's not. (I haven't had a chance to check the microwave thing).
 
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