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June 30th, 2011, 11:17 AM
ElizabethAnn330's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Someone on the breastfeeding board suggested that I ask my question here. Thanks in advance for answering!

My son refuses frozen breastmilk. It does smell wierd and tastes bitter after it has been frozen. So I think I have an excessive lipase problem. I looked up scalding directions on the internet and I guess I'm supposed to heat until there are little bubbles around the edge of the pot (180 degrees), but not to boiling. Then I'm supposed to "quickly cool and store the milk." How do I do that? Let it sit out and then freeze? Or, put immediately into the fridge until cooled, and then freeze? I was raised to think putting hot food in the fridge was bad- but that could be old school advice.

I've also read that I'm supposed to immediately scald the milk after pumping. But, that seems time consuming and a waste of bags since I am only able to pump a few ounces at a time. Is it bad to put pumped milk in the fridge, add it all together at the end of the day, and then scald?

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June 30th, 2011, 12:55 PM
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Hi there! I don't think your supposed to cool milk, then warm it, then put it back in the fridge again... I may be wrong though! I don't know anything about scalding milk though...
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June 30th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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I found this on Kellymom HIH
kellymom.com :: My expressed breastmilk doesn't smell fresh. What can I do?

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June 30th, 2011, 02:50 PM
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IDK about putting several sessions worth of milk together for scalding/storage after scalding, I've never had to do it - but to quickly cool and store the milk I'd do the same thing as blanching veggies - do the almost-boiling thing as mentioned, then plunge the container into a sinkful of icewater to quickly cool. Then store. You could try storing it in the fridge after the quick-cool and adding scalded, cooled amounts together that way, then freeze, and inspect it upon thawing Maybe try that first to see if that works for you, if not, then I'd freeze directly after the quick-cool, it'd be smaller amounts and lots of bags, but whatever you need to do, right? Hope that helps!!
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July 2nd, 2011, 02:34 AM
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I'm sorry I have no experience and would have directed you to Kellymom too.

I think that because the milk can start to 'breakdown" almost immediately you should scald asap.

I googled and found this (I admit i didn't watch it) YouTube - ‪The Process of Scalding Breastmilk to Help "Kill Excess Lipase"‬‏ and also this long thread on LLL forum Scalding breastmilk due to excessive Lipase

whatever you decide to do, I would recommend a little science experiment ..... eg compare the taste of fresh milk, 4 hour milk, 1 day old milk, unfrozen scalded milk and frozen scalded milk.

Let us know how you get on!

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