Refusing frozen milk

Lauren - posted on 07/19/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I exclusively pump with my daughter and I literally have thousands of oz stored up. I started trying to use some of the frozen milk and she refuses to take it. It does not smell bad but it does smell like it has been frozen. I started trying to mix it half and half with fresh milk but she will only take about 1 bottle of it. I had to buy 2 freezers to store this milk and I was hoping to stop pumping a few months early. How do I get her to take it????

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Elnie - posted on 10/04/2009

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You can bring it to a boil to help eradicate the scent. I know what you mean, my EBM does smell rather fishy (at first I thought it's the frozen fish in my freezer, but even as I've cleared the freezer, and dedicated it for storage of my EBM, it still stank). I learned later that It's a particular enzyme in the milk that's causing the smell.

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Denise - posted on 01/21/2010

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i could be that she can't smell your smell does she latch on to the breast or is she excusively expressed fed

User - posted on 07/29/2009

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maybe you could use the milk to mix in with her cereal. i've heard of other babies not taking frozen milk.

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Christine - posted on 02/07/2010

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Just an idea if you see that your frozen milk is getting too old 3 months and you don't want it to go to waste. Most hospitals have a breas feeding bank and you could donate breast milk to them for eg. preemies who mums cannot breastfeed so that they get the nutrients they so desperately need. Just an idea.

Kathy - posted on 02/07/2010

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if you boil breast milk you lose the live white blood cells that that you work so hard to preserve you should only warm breast milk in warm water. & swirl to mix as not to compromise the cells in the milk.

Christine - posted on 02/05/2010

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My baby will not drink cold milk as breast milk is luke warm. You could put the bottle of defrosted breast milk in a container with boiled water to heat it up a bit and then try and feed it to your baby.

Elnie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi Lauren, have you tried to bring it to a boil? It does help remove the "frozen" scent. See if that helps? I know what you mean about seeing it go to waste. It's worth its weight in gold! Every single drop of it!

Rita - posted on 01/22/2010

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My daughter is almost 6 months old and I returned to work 9 hours a day including my commute, after 2 months. She refused my expressed milk - whether it was frozen or kept overnight in the fridge and preferred to wait until I got home from work. A few days ago my husband tried giving her a bottle cold, right out of the fridge and she finally latched on to the bottle. She will now drink between 2-3 ounces during the day and we hope she will eat more as time goes by and she gets used to this "other way" of getting food. I'm wondering if having the milk warmed was just a reminder that I wasn't there to feed her. I wish us both luck :-)

Cristy - posted on 01/14/2010

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I have the same problem, actually kind of glad to hear i'm not the only one. Kind of thought maybe the milk was off.

Lauren - posted on 07/28/2009

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Sorry it took so long, but the milk is the oldest milk is 3-4 months but its in a chest freezer. I gave her some of the oldest and some of the more recently frozen but she did not like either one.....

Becky - posted on 07/20/2009

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How old is some of the milk? If it's been frozen longer than 3 months in a regular freezer, it may be too old.

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