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Frozen breastmilk looks odd, questions [pics] k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1057 posts
21st Jan '13

My frozen breastmilk looks odd. Most of it is the same shade of white but then there are big blotches of brighter white circles & blobs.



Anyone know what this could be?
Maybe the milk fat freezing differently?



And the pictures:
(the camera makes it look yellowish, it's actually more of a cream color with the brighter white blobs/spots)
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only a fee bags look like that, the rest of them look like this....
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No Earth Mother 2 kids; Darlington, United Kingdom 7431 posts
21st Jan '13

Maybe its just the fat content separating from the liquid? It should be fine when defrosted i should think...

k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1057 posts
21st Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lauren &#8710;:</b>" Maybe its just the fat content separating from the liquid? It should be fine when defrosted i should think..."</blockquote>




Yeah I think it is. I just thought it looked weird. I never noticed it until I was organizing the milk in the freezer.

No Earth Mother 2 kids; Darlington, United Kingdom 7431 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting kate♥[j&a]:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Lauren &#8710;:</b>" Maybe its just the fat content separating ... [snip!] ... Yeah I think it is. I just thought it looked weird. I never noticed it until I was organizing the milk in the freezer."


Yeah it does look weird.
Thats quite a stash you have! You must produce well lol.
My supply was shit :(

nursemaya mom to 3! 3 kids; 5 angel babies; Minnesota 16003 posts
21st Jan '13

mine always looked like that - normal. its the fat

k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1057 posts
22nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lauren ∆:</b>" Yeah it does look weird. Thats quite a stash you have! You must produce well lol. My supply was shit :("</blockquote>




I have over 400oz in the freezer at the moment. I produced plenty of milk up until LO turned 3 months then my supply dropped, idk why, so then I started taking fenugreek for a few months and it brought it back up. And then it seemed like it was dropping again so I started taking domperidone and it brought it back up more than before. I quit taking that a few months ago and luckily my supply stayed up. If I don't pump 1-2 times a day along with BFing LO my supply will drop somewhat. It's been a struggle to keep my supply up but it's worth it!

k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1057 posts
22nd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting nursemaya (8weeks):</b>" mine always looked like that - normal. its the fat"</blockquote>




That's good to know, thanks!

☼ M Due November 25 (boy); Clearwater, 528 posts
30th Jan '13

I know this is an old post, but just wanted to say it's normal and it happens because breast milk isn't pasteurized! So the fat "floats" lol!

k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1057 posts
30th Jan '13
Quoting ☼ M
☼ M Due November 25 (boy); Clearwater, 528 posts
30th Jan '13
Quoting kate♥[j&a]:" Ok thank you! That's helpful. I was a little concerned it might have went bad somehow. It's too much hard work pumping to throw any away."


No problem! And I completely understand! It's like throwing away gold ;)

k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1057 posts
30th Jan '13
Quoting ☼ M