Breastmilk smells like spit up...

DeserRai - posted on 11/28/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




I recently broke into my deep freezer full of stored BM. I've noticed that once it's thawed and heated, it smells like spit up. My baby doesn't seem to mind the smell but I'm not sure about the taste. He's never really taken a bottle before but today he drank about two ounces from it and didn't seem to mind the taste. I've looked online for anything similar to this but can only find the proper ways to use and store milk and that it may be a little off or soapy but nothing about whether it smelling like spit up means it's gone bad? Anyone have something similar or can help?


Hope - posted on 12/19/2011




I'm sorry i mean bring water to a boil and put your milk in so that it'll come to a high heat. Then like I said take it out, let it cool and then put it in the freezer.

Holly Janelle - posted on 01/02/2012




Haahahaha ya it kind of does and tastes the same to me! I tastes my bm once just to see and ugh it's sweet but tastes yucky to me but my daughter loves it so whatever. I didn't think much of it though. It's normal :)

Never ever put your frozen breastmilk in boiling water though! Your supposed to slowly warm to up by first putting it in room temperature and then luke warm water ect until it body temperature like your natural bm. If you put it in boiling water it will destroy the nutrients that is it breastmilk and it would be pointless to even feed the baby the milk. Well not pointless because I'm sure it would be better than formula but hopefully you get the gist of what I'm trying to say. ;)

Hope - posted on 12/18/2011




I too have this problem. I've done the research and found the milk is not bad. This happens to some moms. The enzymes in your milk start breaking down components which cause it to have a foul ( spit up)smell and different taste. Even while frozen this happens. What you should do is after you express your milk bring it almost to a boil. This will some the enzymes. After it has cooled go ahead and freeze it. Good for you your baby doesn't mind. My daughter wants nothing to do with my frozen supply.

Hope - posted on 12/29/2011




Thanks Lorraine. I haven't tried scalding the milk yet. I just found it online. So it still had a smell? I did notice too that when I froze it and used it within a few days it wouldn't have that bad smell so I guess that's just the solution huh?


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Rebekah - posted on 12/30/2011




All 3 of my kids always rejected milk that I'd frozen. I even tasted it one time and it tasted like it had metal in it. Everything I've read said it was fine (and safe), but my children would never drink it.

Lise - posted on 12/29/2011




Did you taste it? When it's bad, it's BAD. If your lo drinks it, it should be fine. I had a little bit of excess lipase, but my dd and the little girl I donated to had no problems drinking it.

Lorraine - posted on 12/29/2011




i had this problem at the start where my milk was going of in the freezer even after a month so i kept looking for answers but now that my daughter is 11 months i worked out that it is hormone related which makes sense, because at the start i would get sweaty when it was time to feed. thats why my milk was going of to quick it had a rancid sour off smell that i ended up throwing a lot away lucky i was over stimulated at the start but you can blame hormones for that it only seem to settle around 6 months when your hormones start to settle down a bit. i tried the scalding the milk and i reckon it smelt even worse but thats my opinion, in the end i just kept trying to replace old with new in the freezer and use it before it went of, even now at 11 1/2 months my milk seems to get a white bit of skin on top of the frozen milk but it is still good not a bad smell a little sour smell is quite normal plus i seem to have a nice layer of fat or cream in my milk so even white spots in the frozen milk is ok just the fatty spots in the milk good luck i hope it help's.

Lindsy - posted on 11/29/2011




Well it isn't going to smell like formula or regular cows milk, it will smell much like what you are describing. It can be different colors too, I've had everything from greenish,bluish , orange , yellow and white.And depending on what you ate before your body made it it can smell much like what you ate too.I've had it smell like popcorn, onion, carrot. If this is your first child this can all be a little strange, we are so used to very uniform products from the store (i.e. milk) that we aren't used to natural differences in a food product anymore. Just as long as it doesn't look or smell sour you are fine. Just be sure to cool it in the fridge and then freeze it as soon as possible and then be sure and watch the dates on the milk and make sure and follow all of the storage guidelines and you should be fine.Remember that everything you eat can and does flavor your milk so eat a wide variety of things , hot flavors, bitter, sour, sweet and salty.It should help you little one be more open to different flavors when it comes time to eat solids.But if there is something that you eat that seems to bother him/her , say you eat something very spicy or drink a bunch of coffee and then a few hours later baby doesn't want to nurse , baby might not like the taste, so keep that in mind just to make things easy for you both. (But I love hot stuff and never had a problem while nursing any of my 3 kids.)Best of luck!

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