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    Default another lipase question

    so i've read a lot of the lipase posts but still am wondering about something.

    i have given my LO EBM with no problem. sometimes it is fresh from the tap and other times thawed from the freezer.

    well, the other day i gave him a bottle that had been in the fridge for about 5-6 days. he got all frantic while drinking it and most of it was leaking out of his mouth. i smelled it and thought it smelled funny- maybe soapy (of course i had already read about soapy smelling milk so maybe i was just being paranoid) my DH didn't think it had a smell at all. i switched the bottle with a fresh one i had just pumped and he took it just fine.

    does this make sense? is this a lipase issue? why do i not have a problem with the frozen milk?

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    Default Re: another lipase question

    It sounds like a lipase issue. Freezing milk slows down the breakdown of lipase. I don't know if there is a scale of severity - but, it seems some women's ebm goes "bad" faster than others. Perhaps yours takes more time to breakdown. What is the longest time you've frozen milk and used it?

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    Default Re: another lipase question

    well, yesterday i gave him a bottle from 7/14. i'm pretty sure that's the longest. he had no problem with it and it smelled fine.

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    Default Re: another lipase question

    That's not very long. You should keep track of frozen milk and if it does smell funny or lo won't take it, make a note of how old it was. This will narrow down your issue - also take note of how long fresh lasts. If you find you are storing a lot frozen but seeing that it sometimes goes bad, you could start scalding it before freezing it. HTH.

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    Default Re: another lipase question

    If it just happened that one time, then I wouldn't worry about it...it could have been that your baby didn't like the temperature of it, or something else. Next time your baby seems to refuse a bottle though, you may want to taste it...I know that sounds gross if you've never done it, but it should taste not like much but sweet. When I figured out I had excessive lipase, my DD had refused a bottle while I was having surgery and so afterward I smelled it, and it smelled a little funny, and I tasted it, and it was discusting. After that I started thawing out milk, and it had the same taste It really grossed me out for a while, but I'm glad I figured it out. Now I know what to smell for, but I don't think smelling it alone would have cued me in at first. HTH!


    Jeanne (my middle name IRL)


    Mommy to two girls (M & M), born Sept. '07 and Sept. '09

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