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spoiled breastmilk?

Posted by on Oct. 2, 2013 at 5:35 AM
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hi all,

If my frozen breastmilk smells fine once it's defrosted in the fridge, but after an hour of sitting out (leftovers after baby isn't hungry anymore) it smells like baby throwup/spitup- does that mean it's rotten?

I almost gagged when i sniffed it earlier! is that normal? I have so much frozen milk and I want to give it to my baby who is no longer breastfeeding...help!

by on Oct. 2, 2013 at 5:35 AM
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SeattleBabyBump
by Member on Oct. 2, 2013 at 5:48 AM
You want to toss the leftovers. It could be a reaction from mixing with baby's saliva. Always dump whatever they don't eat right away from their bottle. (Therefore, don't put too much in the bottle at one time, to avoid waste.)
shortyali
by Alicia on Oct. 2, 2013 at 6:43 AM
Usually bm can be left in the bottle until the next feeding then if not used dump it. Bm isn't like formula where what they don't eat now cannot be used for next feeding. Does it taste sour? Was the bottle swirled or shook? I ask that because DH shook a bottle once and about 30 min later it smell horrid. Swirling it made it last longer.
shortyali
by Alicia on Oct. 2, 2013 at 6:46 AM
"If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it is probably safe to refrigerate and offer within 1-2 hours before it is discarded."

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/



I agree that's part if why keeping bottles small is a good idea. But it's also to avoid over feeding.


Quoting SeattleBabyBump:

You want to toss the leftovers. It could be a reaction from mixing with baby's saliva. Always dump whatever they don't eat right away from their bottle. (Therefore, don't put too much in the bottle at one time, to avoid waste.)
buttercup627
by Member on Oct. 2, 2013 at 6:50 AM
Ok I don't remember what exactly its called but a woman I worked with had something in her milk that would cause this issue when storing it. She had to heat up her milk (i think to a boil) then freeze it

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/


mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Excess lipase :-)

Quoting buttercup627:

Ok I don't remember what exactly its called but a woman I worked with had something in her milk that would cause this issue when storing it. She had to heat up her milk (i think to a boil) then freeze it



http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/





buttercup627
by Member on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7:09 AM
YES :)


Quoting mostlymaydays:

Excess lipase :-)



Quoting buttercup627:

Ok I don't remember what exactly its called but a woman I worked with had something in her milk that would cause this issue when storing it. She had to heat up her milk (i think to a boil) then freeze it





http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/









mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7:10 AM
:-) Formula and jars of baby food are considered "contaminated" with bacteria after baby's saliva mixes in. But breastmilk is different because it has antibiotic properties.

Quoting shortyali:

"If baby does not finish milk at one feeding, it is probably safe to refrigerate and offer within 1-2 hours before it is discarded."



http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/







I agree that's part if why keeping bottles small is a good idea. But it's also to avoid over feeding.




Quoting SeattleBabyBump:

You want to toss the leftovers. It could be a reaction from mixing with baby's saliva. Always dump whatever they don't eat right away from their bottle. (Therefore, don't put too much in the bottle at one time, to avoid waste.)
K8wizzo
by Kate on Oct. 2, 2013 at 7:36 AM
The spoiled smell is present as soon as it is thawed, though. I don't think that's what this is. It may be a shaking issue.

Quoting buttercup627:

Ok I don't remember what exactly its called but a woman I worked with had something in her milk that would cause this issue when storing it. She had to heat up her milk (i think to a boil) then freeze it



http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/





buttercup627
by Member on Oct. 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM
According to the post it smells fine when thawed the problem is once is been left out. It's possible that it's from being shaken, I've only heard that you break protein strands from shaking though never heard that it causes smelly milk.


Quoting K8wizzo:

The spoiled smell is present as soon as it is thawed, though. I don't think that's what this is. It may be a shaking issue.



Quoting buttercup627:

Ok I don't remember what exactly its called but a woman I worked with had something in her milk that would cause this issue when storing it. She had to heat up her milk (i think to a boil) then freeze it





http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/









jeniprice
by Bronze Member on Oct. 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM
I have high lipase and have to scald my milk after I pump it and before I freeze it. My original stash of about 100 oz had to be tossed because my son wouldn't touch it. Once I thawed it, it tasted like vomit! It was terrible!!
After you pump, try scalding your milk. Heating it just until the edges are bubbling. Then flash freeze it. I put mine in a plastic bottle (no glass because the hot liquid and ice bath will cause the glass to break) after I heat it up and put the bottle in a bowl of ice water and set the whole thing in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then I bag it up in storage bags like normal.
Good luck! It sounds like a lot of extra work, by it really only takes 5 minutes total.
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