thawed breast milk smells sour

First Time - posted on 11/17/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Ok here's my question. My baby is just turning 11 months old on Tue. I have been worling full time since he was 3months old. I've been able to continue breastfeeding this whole time via pumping. He weaned himself off the breast awhile back. So jes taking bottles. I got sick for a couple wks and now I'm not pumping enough for him to drink each day. The REAL issue is I've started using my frozen stash and when I thaw it it smells like spit up, not soapy. Prior to freezing all of my milk I did a test to make sure I didn't have high lipase content and it seemed fine then. In my attempt to always give him fresh I'm using milk that's 4minths old. He seems to still drink it. But I don't want to give him "bad" milk and I don't want to give him formula where he's almost 1! I feel stuck! And am just sick if my stash is all bad!

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Lori - posted on 11/17/2013

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If it smells and tastes bad to you, then I'd chuck it. It could be that it was just that one package… doesn't mean it's the whole stash. Very possible that for whatever reason that one bag of milk went bad. Could be it was left out a little longer before being frozen, or was contaminated somehow?????
I don't know how quickly it would or could make him sick. Sorry - maybe someone else can chime in on that one????

First Time - posted on 11/17/2013

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I actually have it in a deep freezer that's not frost free! And I do think it tastes bad but he doesn't seem to mind it? If it was bad would he get sick? I've been giving it to him for a couple of wks and just noticed the smell today.

Lori - posted on 11/17/2013

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My best suggestion to you is for you to taste it. If you can't/won't drink it - then don't feed it to your baby. Milk frozen in a regular freezer like most of us have attached to our refrigerators lasts 3 to 6 months. Milk in a deep freezer can last up to a year. You're within the time frame that I'd expect it to still be good… but depending on the freezer, it's possible that it's gone bad. One reason milk in a regular freezer goes bad quicker is that it's exposed to more temperature variations. If it's kept near the front or in the freezer door, then it's exposed to warm air every time the freezer is opened. Also - most likely you have a no frost freezer. The way a freezer stays frost free is by adjusting it's own temp often enough to keep the frost from building up.
If the milk tastes sour… throw it away. I know it's hard to do since pumping is such hard work….. but it's better than feeding him spoiled milk. However if the milk doesn't taste sour/spoiled, and he's drinking it just fine… then go for it and feed it to him.

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