I work at a small rural hospital in beautiful NW Montana, and lead a Mother/Baby Group weekly. I get a lot of breastfeeding questions, and one which has come up more than once recently, and which I have not been able to find an answer for is about breast milk that has been frozen and then thawed to use when the mom has to work. The baby will refuse to drink the thawed, warmed milk, supposedly because of an enzyme, or something similar, in the milk which makes it tastes bitter. I reviewed the mother’s procedures for storing the expressed milk, and then how it is thawed and warmed, and she seems to be following the correct procedure. I have never heard of this before recently, and now I have had a couple of moms ask me about it. Can you shed any light on this for me, and is there any solution to it?
Thank you so much,
Debbi Foss, RN, Lactation Specialist [Read more…]