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Old 03-09-2007, 07:31 AM   #1
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AF is here and my supply has taken a dramatic dip again this month. I went to thaw out some bm from the stash and I'm wondering if it is *bad*. It has a *milky* smell, which I've never smelled from bm (mine generally has no odor at all).

Okay 1) how do I know if stored/frozen/thawed bm has gone bad or *expired*?? 2) We have a freestanding freezer (upright) in the garage where I keep the frozen bm. How long does it stay good in that kind of freezer?? 3) what would theoretically have happened if he did get expired bm??

Thanks mamas! DS is hungry and I don't want to give him something not good, kwim??

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Thaw it out and taste it. If it still tastes sweet, then it's good.
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ok. I thawed it and warmed it. I'll go taste it (that's new to me!!)

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it should taste pretty sweet. I'd say if it tastes off, then don't give it to him.
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well, defintitely tastes off to me... sweet but with a funny taste to it. crap, should I try more or do you think it all went bad???

ETA: it's the color of buttermilk (kind of yellow). I'm assuming that's NOT a good thing??
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Here's a link to some info about that.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkstorage.html
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If the smell is remotely off, I'd throw it, and try another.
I wouldn't assume that all of it was bad. For me, color varied in all shades of yellow, green and white and were equally frersh and good, but the smell / taste is a dead giveaway if it's gone bad.
Could be that something had contaminated that particular pumping session, so I'd definately take a look at another batch before throwing it all out.
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I'll try another batch. We had a 14 hour power outage about a month ago, but everything still seemed pretty frozen. Now I'm beginning to wonder...
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