should thawed breast milk taste funny?

Shannon - posted on 08/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old won't eat my thawed out breast milk. I make sure I use it in the 3-4 month period I have to use frozen milk but he just doesn't like it. I finally broke over and tried a few drops of it and put it up against fresh pumped milk. It definitely tasted different. I am so upset that I will probably have to waste about 100+ ounces of milk I have frozen. It never sat in the fridge more than 2 days before I froze it so I don't know what the problem is. Anyone ever encountered this? Any suggestions before I just throw the frozen milk out?

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Melanie - posted on 08/28/2010

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Specifically, this paragraph would be ideal to read...

Sometimes thawed milk may smell or taste soapy. This is due to the breakdown of milk fats. The milk is safe and most babies wil still drink it. If there is a rancid smell from high lipase (enzyme that breaks down milk fats) activity when the milk has been chilled or frozen, the milk can be heated to scalding (bubbles around the edges, not boiling) after expression, then quickly cooled and frozen. This deactivates the lipase enzyme. Scalded milk is still a healthier choice than commercial infant formula.

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Alannah - posted on 11/17/2012

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Im having the same issue. And what sucks is i have since stopped breastfeeding all togethrr and am no longer producing milk. All i have left is my frozen milk and my babe won't drink it :'(

Cher - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have the same problem! I tasted it and it tasted funny and it smells funny..He wont drink it so I stopped pumping and freezing. I would always put it in the freezer (deep freeze as well) right after I pumped it in a breastmilk storage bag so i dont know what it is!

Melanie - posted on 08/28/2010

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This is the LLLI's guidelines for storing breastmilk. I don't know if there is any way to donate it if you think there might be something wrong with it. Is your freezer at the appropriate temperature? Is it getting frostbitten? If you aren't letting all of the air out of the bag before freezing, it will get frostbitten. This could cause it to taste bad. I wish you the best with figuring out the cause. It is frustrating, I know, to have to throw your breastmilk out. I was told not to let breastmilk set in the fridge for more than 24 hours, but the LLLI says 72 or a max of 8 days. I'm not sure if it keeps for the same amount of time in the freezer if you had it in the fridge previously.

http://www.llli.org/FAQ/milkstorage.html

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