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Last time, ds1, I had very, very thin milk and serious issues resulting from that that 3 LLL leaders and 2 state lactation consultations could not fix <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> So, I would like to find ways to make my milk thicker this time if possible and wonder if anyone knows of foods or whatnot. I am veggie and last time ate no cheese or eggs either and there was so little fat in the milk and it broke down really quickly. I am thinking avacado, nuts, and the like might help but thought I would ask here.<br><br>
(Note: this issue is not the quantity of milk, I don;t need help getting a supply established, no problems there, just thoughts on the quality of the milk). TIA
 

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What were the issues that resulted from your milk being of poor quality? I would love to look into it more. Thanks!
 

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Everything was fine in some senses (ds thrived, nursed until 3) but I could not pump and store milk at all. I went back to work part time and had to bring him and make crazy arrangements because he needed to burse about every 45 minutes night and day until about 6 months when he started eating a little food to help hold him. My milk instantly spoiled (the fats literally broke down within a couple minutes) and none of the 5 trained people could figure out why, even when I used hospital pumps with hospital temp controlled fridge, etc. The milk metabolized so quickly that ds could not go without for very long and could never take a bottle because it spoiled. I don't need to return to work or anything this time (I had a baby 2 days ago) but I would love to find ways to make the nursing nicer for ds2.
 

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OK, so he did fine, it was an issue of saving/storing the milk. Are you sure it was spoiling?<br><br>
I wonder if it's a lipase issue? Did you look into that? Lots of women have excessive lipase in their milk and it can cause it to smell kind of funky after storage, but it's still perfectly fine. The way to test, I think, is to scald the milk immediately after pumping, and then store it. If the smell doesn't occur, then that is it. I think. Let me go look it up to make sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Breastmilk will separate in the fridge, and you just have to swirl it to mix the fat back in after it rises. Sometimes it sticks to the side of the container, you just swirl it around until it's remixed. It can look thin, thinner than cow milk, that's normal.<br><br>
I know you were working with professionals, I'm just posting basic info in case others are reading and it may help them.<br><br>
I'll be back, and hopefully someone else with experience will read and chime in too!
 

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from kellymom <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/lipase-expressedmilk.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/l...essedmilk.html</a>
 

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It was actually spoiling - going rancid within minutes. No one had ever seen it before. Ther was also almost no fat at all. My SIL also pumped and so I have lots of expereince feeding her son pumped milk (watched him for 6 months) but my milk literally did not seperate like most milk because there was almost no fat in it at all (sometimes a few little spots would seperate).
 

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wow, that must have been so frustrating!<br><br>
I think your ideas of avocado and nuts are good - certainly wouldn't hurt! Was the consensus that increasing the fat would solve the problem?
 

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How about cod liver oil and butter oil supplements to boost the fat content? I believe you when you say that it was an unusual problem that the experts had never seen before. However, I am sure there must have been SOME fat in your milk or DS would not have thrived. Babies need lots of fats, so he must have been getting what he needed somehow. Maybe you could have a lab analyze your milk? However, I would think that if you don't need to pump/store your milk this time around, you probably shouldn't waste your time and energy worrying about it. How many cavemoms would have worried about the quality of their milk? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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