S.C. asks from Firestone, CO on July 03, 2008
Proper Breastmilk Storage and Serving...
My 5mo old son is exclusively breastfed. I try to use a bottle of breastmilk to feed him every so often so that he will be comfortable with it if I should ever need to leave him. My question is this... Is it normal for refridgerated and thawed frozen milk to leave a gritty residue in the sides of the bottle? I know that seperation in milk is natural but am I not mixing it back up enough before serving it to him? Or am I not storing it correctly? He doesn't seem to mind it.
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N.W. answers from Denver on July 07, 2008
As far as I know it is normal that happened with both of my children. Also a great idea for easy storage and quick thawing....get the milk bags that zip up, lay them flat to freeze. This takes up little room and there is more surface area so when you though it out it thaws out much quicker. Good luck!
Full time working mother of 2 a 21/2 yo and a 15 mo.
J.M. answers from Salt Lake City on July 07, 2008
My breast milk did the same. I stored my milk in bags and would massage the bag before giving my daughter any! It is completely normal even though it looks gross!
S.S. answers from Provo on July 04, 2008
Perfectly normal. That's the cream. Good job!
J.I. answers from Fort Collins on July 04, 2008
I just wanted to respond to the last comment. First of all, it is normal. I am pumping quite often for my 6 week old daughter. However, it isn't advised to shake it as this can somehow disrupt the delicate cellular balance of the milk. It is better to "swirl" around in a circle instead of shake up and down. Hope that helps!! Pumping has really allowed me to get some things done with the help of others.
M.M. answers from Boise on July 04, 2008
I just had a little boy and he was 2 months early. I had to pump breast milk the whole time he was in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The nurses there told me that breast milk was good for 6 months when frozen and when it was thawed it was good for only 24 hours from the thaw time. Fresh breast milk is good for 48 hours if kept in the fridge. I noticed that my frozen and then thawed milk tended to separate easier than the fresh stuff. It didn't bother my son either. I hope this helps!!
A.P. answers from Omaha on July 04, 2008
same thing happened with me, don't know if it's normal though
M.B. answers from Pocatello on July 04, 2008
Yes, it is normal to have the seperation that you are seeing in the breastmilk that has been refrigerated. I pumped for 4 months while my 2 lb premie was in the hospital. They told us that you need to use fresh milk that is being stored in the fridge within 24 hours. If you freeze your milk, you can store it in a deep freeze for up to 6 months and the freezer conneceted to your fridge for only 3 months. Also, never microwave breastmilk. Always defrost or warm in hot water.
K.W. answers from Boise on July 04, 2008
Yes, mine always left grit also. It's weird, but the babies didn't mind.