I have been working overtime building a freezer stash for when I go back to work, since pumping there might be difficult (I'm a nurse and unfortunately it's hard to get away even for lunch). I was doing GREAT! Like, have 500 ounces of milk great. But, a few days ago out of curiosity I decided to thaw one of the older bags, about 7 weeks old, and give it to my baby.
Well, it smelled like fish. Like a huge pile of fish. WTF? I tasted it and it definitely didn't taste like the fresh stuff, but I don't know if I'm the best judge of breast milk flavor profiles. I tried to read about what that might be, and some articles suggested that it could be from fish oil supplements, which are in my prenatal vitamins, but other articles said that no detectable odor change was observed from taking supplements. Ugh. Or is what I'm observing actually the lipase problem other women seem to have?
So, have any of you ladies noticed this with your milk? Is it safe to give to the baby? I gave her a few test sips and she didn't seem to love it, but she didn't refuse them either. Plus, it was after she had just been fed at the breast, so maybe she would have taken more if she was hungry.
I do everything right when it comes to storage: pump the milk, milk to bag, milk to basement freezer. I really hope that my hard-earned stash isn't a waste, because I had almost enough for three months worth of feedings while I'm at work, which would get my little one to six months exclusively on breast milk.