Ella's Kitchen - does it work with breastmilk?

(12 Posts)
Jammee Thu 01-Aug-13 23:57:32

I've been using the Ella's Kitchen stage one baby porridge and mixing it with breast milk. No matter how thick I make it to start with, after about 5 or 6 minutes it has gone really watery; like soup!

I tweeted EK about this and they promptly replied and were good about it but basically said to try formula or cow's milk (I will not be doing this). It annoyed me for 2 reasons:1) to me, it implied my milk was watery or bad quality and 2)the pack says suitable for any milk, which is clearly not true.

As I only want yo use breast milk I have just put up with the wateriness and made DD eat quickly. Then today on twitter, a mum said she had the same problem but only with the most recent pack she had purchased.

So basically, has anyone made it with breast milk and did it go runny? Is there a long-term problem with this, a batch issue or do you think my milk is bad quality?

Even if I stop using the porridge, I kind of want to know if I have bad milk.

glorious Fri 02-Aug-13 21:36:41

I'm sure your milk is just great. Breast milk does separate quickly, could it be that? Cows milk would too but it's homogenised to stop it. Presume formula is similar.

littleoaktree Fri 02-Aug-13 22:41:28

I had the same thing with bm and I didn't try it with any other milk, ds2 didn't seem to mind it runny.

MrsWhirling Sat 03-Aug-13 18:10:53

I had this problem too and with Aptimil baby rice.

I don't think it's anything to do with the quality of our breast milk but it is more watery than formula.

I avoided until DS was old enough to have the stage 2 and ready brek. I still find that it will go watery if I let it go cold & works better when I warm my milk up by sitting the bottle in a bowl of boiling water.

Luckily my DS ears really quickly now so don't have much time for it to get cold!

I found all these baby cereal mixes went runny with whatever milk was used. Try normal porridge maybe?

Unless baby is less than six months cos of the gluten thing (I think)

Phineyj Tue 06-Aug-13 21:33:18

They do various fruit purees mixed with baby rice - could you add the milk to those? I tried the plain cereal with DD but it looked so foul and gloopy I decided fruit was the way to go.

totatola Sun 18-Aug-13 22:20:21

Apparently it's to do with the enzymes present in breastmilk but not in formula/cow's milk. They break down the molecules in the porridge making it runny. I think it's the cow and gate sunny start porridge/cereals that my 10 mo dd eats and we don't have a problem with them getting too runny. I do make it quite thick though and she loves them so the breastmilk maybe doesn't get enough time to break it down!

I used to have more of a problem with organix but only used it around 6-7 months when I would make it thinner anyway.

It's definitely NOT that you have bad milk!

KittenCaboodle Sun 18-Aug-13 22:23:35

If you leave a handful of oats in the fridge overnight with breast milk covering them (and cling film over the top) then by morning you have a kind of porridge. Babies generally couldn't care less if it's cold. Mine have had it from 6 months ish. You can mix it with mashed up banana or mashed up raspberries if you like.

Baby food is a con. Babies just need food that is age appropriate, the rest is marketing.

Callmedreckly Sun 18-Aug-13 22:27:51

Isn't breast milk 88% water?
I know if I express and take it out of the fridge it is separated a lot.

gallicgirl Sun 18-Aug-13 22:30:44

Can you not just use porridge oats?

Or give baby something else for breakfast?

GreenOlives Mon 19-Aug-13 09:57:57

Exactly the same thing happens when I make baby rice with formula - starts thick and ends up runny! So I would say the problem is with the cereal and definitely not your breast milk smile

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