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Yellow frozen breast milk ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29247 posts
status 21st Mar '13

My almost 1 year old has been on donor milk since she was 7 months. This whole time I've never experienced anything like this.



The yellow milk keeps floating to the top. I've swirled it back together a hundred times. It doesn't smell and was pumped in September and held in a deep freezer.



Is this normal? I've read a lot but still confused because its a bright yellow.



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lauren 3 kids; Virginia 32205 posts
21st Mar '13

Isn't that just the fat?

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 12139 posts
21st Mar '13

It's the hind milk and fore milk separating
It's normal

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29247 posts
status 21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting lauren ♥ 24 weeks:</b>" Isn't that just the fat?"</blockquote>




From what I'm reading yes. I've just never seen it so yellow

Juliette 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Olive Branch, MS, United States 3015 posts
21st Mar '13

That's odd. Its just the fatty milk but I don't get why its not mixing

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29247 posts
status 21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *PeanutButter*:</b>" It's the hind milk and fore milk separating It's normal"</blockquote>




Doesn't it typically swirl back together though? I dumped a bottle before this because of it and because in the bag was white chunks which I've now discovered is fat clusters and I could have just rubbed it together

Denise87 Due April 6 (girl); Indiana 321 posts
21st Mar '13

My milk does this. My LC said I just have very fatty milk, which probably explains why my little girl is huge lol but its normal for me at least. It seperates fairly quickly, I just swirl it around and continue to feed

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
21st Mar '13

The milk I pumped the first couple days was bright orange...so I assume yellow is normal. It can be different colors depending on the composition...and it may or may not swirl back together, because breast milk is not homogenized.

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29247 posts
status 21st Mar '13

Thanks everyone! I just wanted to make sure it wasn't bad. At one point our freezer went out and stuff started to thaw but I read that if it still contained any ice structures it was still considered frozen and was able to put back in the freezer which we immediately did.

HungryHippo 2 kids; Missouri 12139 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" Thanks everyone! I just wanted to make sure it wasn't bad. At one point our freezer went out and stuff ... [snip!] ... contained any ice structures it was still considered frozen and was able to put back in the freezer which we immediately did."</blockquote>




You would know if it was bad
It would smell pretty bad



I only pumped a couple times but I would taste it before feeding,since I knew what my milk tasted like I knew what was good vs bad lol

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29247 posts
status 21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting *PeanutButter*:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ChristinaLynne:</b>" Thanks everyone! I just wanted to make ... [snip!] ... pumped a couple times but I would taste it before feeding,since I knew what my milk tasted like I knew what was good vs bad lol"</blockquote>




Yeah no smell. :) thanks! She's finally out so my turn. It's been a long few days with little sleep from her

Freya D Due December 27; 1 child; Brookings, Oregon 1196 posts
21st Mar '13

it almost looks like a bit of colostrum my milk was yellow on top like that the first month or so DS was born

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
21st Mar '13

I'd say you definitely would know if it was bad. It would smell horrible. I left previously frozen milk out in a sippy by the sink before I washed it and forgot about it for a few hours, it was sooo bad.