Rachel - posted on 03/26/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
I'll be going back to work in about a month, when my son will be 6 months old, and am starting to think about the whole pumping business. One thing I'm wondering about is freezing the milk. I tried that with my daughter when she was nursing, but every time I thawed frozen milk, it smelled awful and I wound up throwing it out. It didn't make a difference what sort of container I used to freeze it. I never had a smell like that with milk that was just refrigerated, even if it was old, so it definitely wasn't normal spoilage.
At that time, my father-in-law said that the smell was to be expected because freezing changes the structure of proteins, and that it was overall a bad idea to freeze milk. But I know that lots of people do it. What have your experiences been with freezing milk? Has it worked out? Did your milk get that funny stink? Did your baby do ok with the thawed milk?