YES! A woman's body temperature usually sits at around 98 ℉. Milk straight from the breast has a similar temperature. Tap water temperature varies based on location and the time of year. However, if you give a baby formula made with tap water, it could be more than 40℉ colder than breast milk. Nature intended for babies to drink warm milk – so it makes sense to give your baby a warm bottle.
Why you should warm your baby's bottle?
- Breastmilk is at or near the average human body temperature of 98 degrees.
- A bottle made with tap water (or filtered water from the fridge or countertop) could be as much as 40 or 50 degrees colder than breastmilk. That is a big difference!
- Baby’s body must use energy to heat the cold liquid as it digests.
- Some parents report that drinking a cold bottle causes their baby to have a stomachache.