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#1 of 3 Old 03-27-2003, 07:45 PM - Thread Starter
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How can you tell if frozen ebm is bad? I've read LLL's guidelines and a bunch of others for how long frozen milk can be stored for full-term healthy babies. I've read everything from 3-4 mos to 6 mos. I have a bunch of bags from early Nov. so it's about 4.5 mos. How will I know if it's ok? Will it smell like bad milk if it's gone bad? Even when I've thawed milk that's been frozen for a short time, it still sometimes smells a little cheesy.

I've been storing the milk in freezer bags, double bagged with a tough freezer ziploc storage bag, and they live right under the ice maker so it should be consistently cold. I'm hoping my Nov. supply won't be wasted if I waited too long. ugh!

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Susan--

It's 3-4 mos in a freezer over the fridge (door is open and shut a lot so temp varies more). 6 mos, or more, in a deep freeze locker (0 degrees F).

The cheesy smell is from lactase, an enzyme, starting to digest fats in your milk. If the babies will take it, it won't harm them. If it is a problem, scald your milk before freezing.


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Hi Daryl,

I defrosted one bag and it smelled just like any other bag - a little cheesy, but that's about it. Am I pushing the envelope at 4.5 mos? I hate to throw it all away, but I don't want to give them bad milk either. If it's bad, will I really be able to tell? (or will the babies reject it?)

I thought about mixing it with potatoes or other food, etc. but there's so much milk frozen that I don't need that much for their food. If I give it to them in bottles, then I'd have to pump to make up for missing feedings, which isn't all that bad... but would that lead to plugs or a lower supply?

How do you scald it before freezing? In a pan on high just to boiling point?

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