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Old 12-13-2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Frozen BM has a weird smell?

I have probably 700 ounces of frozen milk in my deep freezer from the last 6 months. My supply has tanked the last month, so we've started dipping into the stash, probably 5-8 ounces a day.

However, as i was making a bottle for DS over the weekend, i noticed that the thawed milk smelled weird. Its not a bad milk smell, exactly, but it isn't a good smell. And this milk had JUST been thawed. I paid attention, and every bag of the 4 I delt with all smelled like that. It def has a distinct taste to it as well, and not a very good taste. Its almost like the milk absorbed the flavor of the plastic bags it was stored in (Lansinoh). Like i said it isn't a spoiled milk smell, but it it doesnt' taste like fresh milk at all .

We've always strugged to get DS to take bottles, so though he will drink the thawed milk, he is fighting it some, but he does that no matter if it is fresh or frozen. Therefore i have no idea if he is fighting it just becaue it is a bottle or because it is no good.

Any thoughts? This milk that i used over the weekend is from July. I usually froze the milk right away, stuck it in the side freezer of my fridge, and then every couple weeks moved th stash to the deep freezer. It likley sat in the side freezer for 2-3 weeks before it was moved to the deep freezer.

I am going to cry if i can't use my stash. I worked soooo hard to build it up, but i dont want to keep giving my baby milk that isn't good.

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Old 12-13-2010, 01:54 PM   #2
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Re: Frozen BM has a weird smell?

Would you describe the taste as somewhat metallic? If so, you may have an excess of something called lipase. It's not a bad thing but it will give your milk an odd taste and smell once it has been frozen. Unfortunately, the one way to fix this that I know of is to scald your milk first, then let it cool before you store it. This however can destroy some of the good stuff in your milk. If your baby doesn't seem to be bothered by the smell/taste though, then no worries!
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:30 PM   #3
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Re: Frozen BM has a weird smell?

I had this too and had the metallic-y smell that PP mentioned. When I did use it, my daughter seemed fine with it, and I donated 200 ounces to a bank and they had no problem with it either, so I agree, go with it!
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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Re: Frozen BM has a weird smell?

Yeah, a metallic/soapy smell/taste is excess lipase.

I have so much in my milk that it "goes bad" in the freezer in a little over a week. Sucks because I never really had a stash because DS hated it. At least I was never away for too long and could usually pump off a few oz in the morning by forcing DS to stay on one side.

Gotta figure out scalding for this LO.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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I always wondered what that metal smell was!
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