How Do You Know If Frozen Breastmilk Is Bad

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socalmom - November 13

I have pumped since my ds was born and I have a stock pile of bm in the deep freezer, I am now in the process of weaning (not going to pump anymore) so I will then start to feed him from the frozen stash starting with the oldest pumped milk, so how do I know if it is bad? Will it smell sour like cows milk? I am a little concerned that it will be bad and I will have to go straight to formula. Oh the oldest bm in the freezer is about 10 weeks old.

 

Val - November 14

If your freezer is in working order, the milk most likely isn't bad/spoiled after just 10 weeks (just as other things in your freezer wouldn't be spoiled either). One way to make sure your freezer isn't having thaw cycles is to put an ice cube in a bowl in the freezer... if it basically holds its shape (rather than melting) after a day or two, your freezer is probably fine. But sometimes stored milk can smell funny - I've read it's because of excess lipase. I've noticed that my milk does. Some babies may not like the taste, but from what I understand, it's not bad for them. I've been feeding frozen milk (anywhere from 1 week to 2 months old) to my ds a few times a week and it's been just fine.

 

DB - November 18

I still have frozen bm (dd is weaned)...it's not more than 2 months old and I must have too much lipase, becuase it smells a bit sour and dd HATES it!!! BUMMER!!! I think if it's "rotten", it will definitely smell FUNKY, not just a little sour. HTH.

 

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