The Medela Waterless Milk Warmer™ is designed to safely, conveniently, and effectively warm milk to a temperature consistent with expressed human milk. The CDC suggests that facilities remove sources of contaminated water whenever possible to avoid contamination resulting from waterborne microorganisms.1 The Medela Waterless Milk Warmer is the most preferred NICU milk warming practice among the top 30 ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Neonatology identified by US News & World Report.2 Infants in NICU settings are among those patients with the highest risk for nosocomial waterborne infections.3 Exposure to waterborne infection can occur from direct contact with tap water through bathing as well as contact with equipment rinsed in tap water (e.g., bottles for feedings) and conventional water based warmers.3 Reducing these patients’ exposure to tap water can reduce their risk of nosocomial infection.3 Feeding preterm infants’ milk warmed to body temperature results in the least amount of gastric residuals and greater feeding tolerances.4 The Waterless Milk Warmer provides an affordable bedside unit that utilizes dry heat, eliminating risk of water contamination during thawing and warming feeds. Warms < 120 mL in 12 minutes and keeps milk warm for 30 minutes, and thaws < 120 mL in 22 minutes or less. It accommodates most human milk containers and 1 mL to 60 mL syringes used in NICUs.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2003) Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities. Recommendations of CDC and Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). MMWR, 52(RR10):1-42. 2. U.S. News & World Report. Best Children’s Hospitals 2013-14. 3. Outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in a neonatal care unit associated with feeding bottle heaters. Jesus Molina-Cabrillana PMDa et al., American Journal of Infection Control 41 (2013) e7-e9. 4. Gonzales I, Duryea EJ, Vasquez E, Geraghty N. Effect of enteral feeding temperature on feeding tolerance in preterm infants. Neonatal Network. April 1995; 14(3):39-43.