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    Default My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Am I right in thinking that some people just don't make milk that stores well? If I pump and use same day it seems ok, but any more than 24 hours (and especially if I freeze it) it smells soapy and tastes awful, almost like vomit . My fridge and freezer are fine - I even bought a thermometer to check.
    Emma

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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Sounds maybe like excess lipase.

    See this thread for info and instructions / advice for how to scald breastmilk to stop the lipase.
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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Sounds like lipase - which can easily be dealt with

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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Same thread - its the "sticky" in the milk storage part of the forum.
    Lynn
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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Thank you so much - I've been reading until I'm almost cross-eyed and I really should go to bed. Lots of useful info from the experiments. I'll read more tomorrow. In the meantime, does anyone know - what does the excess lipase do to my baby? I mean when he feeds straight from the breast? Is that a problem? He seems to spit up a lot.
    Emma

    J from Aug '06 to Nov '08 and S from April 2009

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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    I would imagine it doesn't do anything to your baby if you are nursing at the breast. Look here:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/l...essedmilk.html

    We wouldn't have a lipase problem if we were not removing our milk from our breasts specifically for storage. The lipase is only a problem because it is activated early, so to speak, and breaks down the fat in the milk while it's in storage.

    I've recently learned I have a lipase problem too with this nursling. Never had one before and it cropped up about a month ago. It seems like a really big deal at first, but once you get what you need to take care of it and figure out how much water to put in the bottle warmer and how much milk to scald at once, it's not that hard. It'll work out
    Susan
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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Thanks! I don't have a bottle warmer and I'm concerned about contamination if I scald in a pan and then I'd have to use a funnel too, to get the milk back in the bottle / bag to store. Need to think about how I'd keep everything as clean as possible.
    Emma

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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Bottle warmer is about $20.

    I found it very easy with a digital thermometer with an alarm. I too just found the idea of scalding in a pan overwhelming and was concerned about keeping things clean. It's darn easy with the bottle warmer. I add the water, put the bottle in (which I pumped into anyway), start it, put the thermometer probe in and leave it until the alarm goes off. I let it cool and then divvy it out into bags to store, or I dump it into another bottle and stick that in the fridge
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: My milk doesn't seem to store well

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    Bottle warmer is about $20.

    I found it very easy with a digital thermometer with an alarm. I too just found the idea of scalding in a pan overwhelming and was concerned about keeping things clean. It's darn easy with the bottle warmer. I add the water, put the bottle in (which I pumped into anyway), start it, put the thermometer probe in and leave it until the alarm goes off. I let it cool and then divvy it out into bags to store, or I dump it into another bottle and stick that in the fridge
    Thanks, good to know.
    Emma

    J from Aug '06 to Nov '08 and S from April 2009

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