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blondiess4u's picture
Joined: 11/08/07
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So I cried over spilt milk today. I have been giving Nicholas bottles of BM the past couple of days because he eats more and I am trying to spread out his feedings so he sleeps longer at night. I had just pumped 5 oz of BM and put it on the counter. Well long story short it spilt all over the floor. I should of been more upset over losing that much BM but I was more upset that my LO hadn't eaten in over 3 hours and my breasts were empty. So luckily I have been storing about 6oz of BM a day. I pulled out one in the freezer and warmed it only to realize it was bad. Nicholas wouldn't drink it. It hadnt even been frozen for a month and I usually freeze right after I pump it. I pulled out one that I had just stuck in the freezer this morning and that was bad too. Bad as in smelled like BO and was sour. Yes I had to taste it. I almost threw up. LOL. It usually is pretty sweet so I knew it was bad. So I had to end up giving him 2 oz of formula because he was so hungry and he drank it which was surprising since ha has never had formula before. So I am thinking all the BM I froze is bad which is over 200 oz :o(

So my question is.. what am I doing wrong when i freeze the my milk?? I put it in those bags that are designed for storage. It only sits out for less then 3 hours and never more then a day in the fridge and most of the time I freeze right after I pump. The freezer I put it in is an outdoor freezer and is on the coldest setting. We hardley ever open it, maybe twice a week. All the BM is in the back of the freezer too. The oldest bag of BM is probably 6 weeks old. So what is going on? I am afraid I have to throw it all away and I am not sure if I should freeze anymore since it is al going bad. I have read everything about storing BM so I am not sure what is going on. Any advice?

wobbs's picture
Joined: 05/27/10
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Sounds like you might have an issue with excess lipase in your milk ... not a problem with storing it. From what I've read, you have to scald the milk before freezing it, so that it doesn't go bad like that.

K_Lo's picture
Joined: 11/16/07
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http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/lipase-expressedmilk.html

I think Dana's right. I never pump anymore but did a lot with my first. I noticed the same thing, luckily my DS never seemed to mind. The milk is not bad though so even if your DS wont drink it look into donating it.

blondiess4u's picture
Joined: 11/08/07
Posts: 1450

Thanks ladies. I had no idea about this. Very good to know. I'll experiment with this and see what works. I'm glad all my milk isn't bad.