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does breast milk taste different afta freezing

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stella10 Sat 13-Apr-13 11:53:56

I froze a bottle of milk straight away and defrosted it ova nite in fridge. Tastes a bit off to me today tho was it just because it had been frozen and I didn't warm it up to taste it as its for dp to give while I work? Tastes less creamy

fridayfreedom Sat 13-Apr-13 12:00:17

Used to be a bfc a few years ago and some mums said that their frozen milk did smell a bit off. Struggling to remember why and how to avoid this happening. You could google it and look on one of the bf sites.

UniqueAndAmazing Sat 13-Apr-13 12:04:14

yes, apparently it does taste different.
I can't remember why now either!

UniqueAndAmazing Sat 13-Apr-13 12:04:44

it should be fine once it's fully defrosted - creaminess wise.
the cream is broken down a bit by the ice crystals.

UniqueAndAmazing Sat 13-Apr-13 12:05:37

here
it's a breakdown of lipase.

Lastyearsmodel Sat 13-Apr-13 12:07:43

Yes, it can and mine used to. From my poor memory it has to do with fatty acids and is fine to use.

Scalding the milk (bringing it briefly to boiling point) is meant to prevent it. Kellymom.com should have more detail.

MadameJosephine Sat 13-Apr-13 20:15:39

Mine tastes disgusting after freezing. Unfortunately I have only just discovered this after stockpiling loads ready for going back to work sad
DD will take a bottle of fresh EBM no problem but when I tried her with some that had been frozen she was hysterical and when I smelled and tasted it myself I could understand why, I'm gutted I'm going to have to throw it all away!

McBaby Sat 13-Apr-13 20:31:44

I just about to bin 250oz of soapy frozen milk! Very frustrating! But explains why my LO will not take a bottle!

NotSoNervous Sat 13-Apr-13 20:37:32

My DD is EBF and will take a bottle of fresh BM but if its been frozen she point blank refuses no matter how many times we try.

I figured this out after I had a huge store of BM in the freezer confused

mamij Sat 13-Apr-13 20:49:46

Same here hmm DDs drank what little I expressed, but would not drink from frozen. Not that I blamed them, as it did smell a bit off.

FattyMcChubster Sat 13-Apr-13 21:06:25

Mine smelt very different but greedy guts dd still wolfed it down!

minipie Sat 13-Apr-13 23:00:24

mc baby - don't bin it yet, you may be able to donate to a hospital milk bank for sick /prem babies. (they are tube fed so can't taste it!)

I have soapy frozen milk but DD will drink it sometimes, sometimes not...

stella10 Sun 14-Apr-13 10:22:14

Thanks all! Thats very interesting as it only seems to be with freezing we've had the problem as usually if I need to be away from ds I express for a day or two before so no need to freeze and we've had no problems. I only froze this bottle as I had a very engorged breast one morning and expressed 4oz in one go. I warmed it up as I was wondering if it would bother him as others had said their lo's stil drank it but it tasted so vile and vomity I couldn't give it to him:-( also worried it would put him off the bottle all together. I'd be gutted if I had a freezer full of expressed bm:-(

minipie Sun 14-Apr-13 16:20:58

yep mine is ok for about 24 hours (in fridge or freezer, makes no difference I think) until it starts to smell and taste horrid.

ilovepicnmix Sun 14-Apr-13 16:23:46

Yes! I spent hooouurrsss expressing and the little bugger wouldnt drink any of it.

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