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    Default Don't shake the milk?!

    I just read another thread that had something about not shaking EBM...is this true?! I always shake the bottled EBM to mix the hindmilk and foremilk. Yikes!

    Is shaking REALLY that BAD??? should i be worried?

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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    It is now recommended to gently swirl the milk instead of shaking. This link goes into some detail:
    http://www.bflrc.com/ljs/breastfeeding/shakenot.htm

    You should not be worried. It's simply better to swirl than to shake.

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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    Hi, Jolie - Thanks for the link...it was very informational. I guess I'll be swirling from now on!

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    I am going to have a heck of a time keeping this straight... shake my martinis, stir my breastmilk.... so long as baby gets the milk and Mr Bond gets the martini we're doing alright!

    In all sincerity that is really interesting, I always give it a little shake to stir things up and now I know better, better late than never. Always learning something new....
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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    I sort of rub it between my hands--its easier than swirling but basically swirling...dtms?

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    How very interesting! Isn't it amazing all the new things you learn once you have a little one? I just sent the link to DH and my mom so that they'll be sure to not shake the bottles any longer!
    Amber
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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    i know...i just called my mom at home to tell her not to shake the bottles...and apparently, she doesn't! whew! she said she moves the bottle in a circular motion (basically swirling) to mix the milk. so it was just me! i'd shake the bottle, especially when i was trying to get the defrosting milk to thaw out quicker. well, now i know better!

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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    I haven't started pumping yet, but plan to soon. Just curious......what's the reasoning behind not shaking?

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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    Quote Originally Posted by LLL_Jolie
    Finally got a chance to read that link, thanks, Jolie! Interesting stuff! I sat and thought about this for a while...

    The geek in me is gonna comment, of course... 'cause I kinda do this stuff, i.e., work with proteins, enzymes, think about/determine their 3-dimensional structures, etc. The article is correct that enzymes like lysozyme and such DO work when their 3-d (their folded up whole shape, that bracelet or necklace they refer to and not just the individual beads) are still intact. And yes, some cellular components and proteins/enzymes do denature - or, simply stated, kind of fall apart into their bead pieces - when frozen and thawed. BUT, many proteins and enzymes really are hardy and DO survive... I think about what we do to protein samples in the lab... we freeze them, sometimes with liquid nitrogen, then thaw them, etc., etc., then test them for 'activity' to see if they are still doing what they are meant to do - and so many still are just fine! We use these samples to 'look at' (huge oversimplification, but I won't bore you with the full on geek thing) and they do retain their full folded shapes - we believe!

    So yes.... gentle handling probably is always going to be better, but please don't stress too badly if you do shake from time to time or don't swirl perfectly gently.... your LO is still getting tons of wonderful benefits from all that great momma-milk!!
    -linda

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    Default Re: Don't shake the milk?!

    I usually run the milk under hot water to “loosen up” the fatty hindmilk from the sides of the container. Otherwise, I lose that milk when I pour the milk into the bottle/cup. A gentle swirl would definitely not do the trick. Is it okay to use this method?

    Molly

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