From what I have read & heard from other moms, breast milk stays "good" in the freezer for up to 3 months from the date it's stored.
Well, Claire thinks otherwise. She refuses to drink any of my milk that is older than a couple of weeks. Back in January, I had to toss everything I had pumped & frozen from October to December. Made me sad, but if she wasn't going to drink it, there was no use in keeping it.
Donating it had crossed my mind, but I doubt anyone would want it knowing I am on an anti-depressant.
I have tried mixing the older milk with freshly pumped milk. No dice. Girlfriend is picky.
Tonight, I cleaned out my freezer from everything I pumped in January because Claire won't drink it. It is an entire Target bag FULL of 6oz bags of breast milk. Going to waste. I can't get myself to take it out to the garbage can. I'd take a picture & show you, but you can just take my word for it. I doubt you all want to see bags of my frozen breast milk.
"I've worked SO hard to build this stash. I can't get myself to throw it all away!" I keep saying to myself.
After some research, the only thing I can come up with as to why she refuses the older milk is that I may have an excess of Lipase in my breast milk. Apparently, it's an enzyme in all breast milk. But if a woman has too much, the milk can taste/smell soapy or sour. Bleh! No wonder she doesn't want to drink it. I wouldn't either!
The only way to lower the lipase count is to scald the milk right after pumping & storing it from there. What a pain in the ass.
But, I'm gonna do what I gotta do to keep my milk good for my girl.
That doesn't mean that I'm not sick to my stomach about throwing it all out, though. Boo.
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Also, I will get Claire's 6 month post up here soon! Promise. Omg. 6 months. unreal.