I was contemplating the purchase of a new deep freezer to support my poor upright freezer that was bursting at the seams. Only when I searched the internet for purchase information did I stumble upon this D-Day term -- Lipase...
It never occured to me that this could possibly be an issue with me. I have an over-supply of milk since my 2nd month (my baby is coming 7 months next week!). I produce about 60oz each day and have given my milk freely to 4 other babies who cannot take cow's milk or were advised by their paeds to consume EBM and their mothers had ran out of milk... The other babies drank fine, till recently when 1 mother told me that her daughter refused the bottle (the 3 other babies had stopped drinking EBM from me after they started solids). She thought that it was probably because her daughter had started solids... I didn't think too much of it but when I put 2-by-2, I decided to thaw and try a pack of milk (dated 13 January) for myself.
The thawed milk smelt rusty and tasted just as bad . It was so bad I felt sorry for my friend's daughter... Needless to say, I dumped it. I am in the process of thawing another 3 packs, 1 from early Jan, 1 from early Feb and 1 from last week and I will see how it goes tonight but I am not too optimistic .
Anyone able to shed some light as to why the frozen milk's taste was not an issue all these months till recenty? My baby has been bottle-fed all along as I am a working mum. Milk seems to be ok in the fridge all these while... I am extremely fussy about cleanliness and measure out the correct amount properly in thoroughly sterilised bottles for all of Gabriel's milk feeds on my own. Why did this happen?!
I wanted to stock up for his milk feeds so that I can stop expressing milk but ensuring that Gabriel will be able to feed on EBM till at least 1-years old. I wanted to stop expressing milk so that I can start ovulating and trying for another baby.
Is there anyone here who is able to shed some light or suggestions on how I should store the milk and even if I do scald the EBM, how long can it be frozen in an upright freezer? I use proper milk bags for freezer storage from 'The First Years'.
Also, can anyone let me know if it is at all possible for me to conceive while I continue breastfeeding Gabriel? I am feeling so lost and feeling the pressure to cope with work, feeding Gabriel and conceiving...