How to Heat Up Milk

By Taylor DiVico

Milk is sensitive to high heat; it can lose nutrient value if exposed to temperatures that are too high, for too long. Heating milk in a microwave can lead to uneven hot spots which can cause unexpected scalding burns. The best way to heat cow's milk is to bring it to a slow simmer on the stove. You can heat breast milk to room temperature by placing it under warm water.

Milk in a glass jug
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How to Heat Up Milk

Heating Cow's Milk

Step 1

Pour the milk into a small saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2

Stir the milk gently with a spoon so it warms evenly. Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Step 3

Add cocoa powder and chocolate, if desired. Stir the mixture.

Step 4

Heat the milk until bubbles begin to form around the edges or until the chocolate and cocoa form a smooth consistency.

Heating Breast Milk

Step 1

Pour warm water into a deep bowl and submerge a bottle of breast milk. To avoid contamination, keep the nipple away from the water as much as possible.

Step 2

Empty the bowl when the water cools and refill it with warm water, if necessary.

Step 3

Remove the bottle from the warm water. Move the bottle in a circular motion to mix the nutrients within the milk. Pour a drop from the bottle onto the back of your wrist to test the temperature. The milk should feel warm to the touch, not hot.