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Separation of milk (curdled appearance) ?

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Separation of milk (curdled appearance) ?

Post by IzzeFloch on Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:20 am

Wondering if anyone knows why some milk tends to separate and if this means anything?

I have had this happen frequently, different donors, different dates. The milk appears curdled, or like it's leaving soap-flecks on the sides of the bottle. This happens even as I'm thawing it in cold water, before and after I gently shake it to mix separated parts, and after it's been heated as well. It's a very distinct look, not subtle.

The milk smells fine, a little soapy as usual from the fats, but no definite sour or other odor. I do notice that my daughter tends to reject the "separated" milk after a few hours more than she would the other milk. (This is if she doesn't finish the whole bottle, I offer her the balance an hour or so later).

Thanks for any thoughts.
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Re: Separation of milk (curdled appearance) ?

Post by meghanmcbee on Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:45 am

It's just the fat in the milk, totally normal.

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Re: Separation of milk (curdled appearance) ?

Post by juro on Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:17 pm

I know what you mean by the "soap-flecks" sometimes when I'm pumping fresh milk it does that. All of my milk seperates after so long...it's just the fat rising to the top or cream as they would call it in Cow's Milk. And sometimes I get a soapy smell to my milk. The La Leche League said its just a enzyme in my milk, Liapse I think they called it. Totally normal. And I'm sure what we eat has got to have something to do with it some how or another. I also read that if your milk does get a soapy smell and some babies do not accept milk with high Liapse, you can sit the milk in water that has been boiled (int he bottle of course) and let it heat to steaming and I guess it cuts down the Liapse or something of that nature. Google it and you'll find something on it I did a while back when I started noticing the soap smell.

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