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Old 09-26-2007, 08:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK this probably may sound weird. But oh well, here goes.
I'm nursing my third baby. Although I breastfed my first two for about three years each, I have NEVER until now pumped. My current baby has some health problems, and at times has required sedation, and been unable to eat for a few hours at a time, and so I bought a breastpump to use on those kind of occasions more to relieve engorgement than to save milk (as my baby has never been offered a bottle). So anyways, fast forward to today. Baby has been refusing my right breast all day, leading to one big swollen right breast. I thought 'aha, i'll pump'. And so I did. And for the first time, I thought I'd actually not dump the milk, but save it and maybe for sh*ts and giggles, offer some to her via bottle later on. So then I go to look at the milk in the fridge a couple hours later and low and behold it has chunkiness sticking to the sides of the bottle. No kidding, it looks like fat to me. Makes sense. But I had never given any thought to that and this is my first time looking at refrigerated breastmilk, so:

Is this what it is supposed to look like??? Kind of like the fat is separating? SO then if I warm it up and give it a little shake or stir will the fat re-integrate?

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Old 09-26-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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Normal! With my milk, the "cream" would rise to the top and the rest would settle down to the bottom. When you warm it, give it a swirl to mix it back up. Vigorous shaking damages the live cells in it.

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Totally normal.
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Mine looks like that, too. It's just the fat. No worries!
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I haven't pumped w/ this babe yet, but with my first.. The cream always rose to the top, and the foremilk was a clearish/white. And yes there would be almost like curds of milk that stuck to the bottle...

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Total normal - sometimes it rises, sometimes it clumps and looks sour. Cow's milk would do the same thing, but we homogenize it. In fact, funny local thing, most Canadians call "whole milk" "homo milk". I did not know that this was not a commonly used term in the US - but the waitress' face clued me in.

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mine looks like that too and it's totally normal

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Thanks guys! (and lol at the homo milk thing... i am Canadian too and had never considered how bizarre that might sound to an outsider!!!!!)
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