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S1:E28 Taste-testing to overcome pumped-breastmilk refusal

If your baby refuses pumped breastmilk no matter how many tricks, tips, or bottles you’ve tried, you might be producing excessive amounts of one specific enzyme! You’ve probably never heard of this possible cause of your bottle-feeding problems, but you don’t want to miss this episode.

Heads up--this interview has reversed roles! Rachel Curtis, my very own doula and lactation consultant with my third baby, interviewed me for her YouTube channel. She provides research-based birthing and breastfeeding evidence on her YouTube channel, where you can find the original interview.

This episode is part 3 of 4 in the Mother's Day Month Series!-->Throughout this series we'll talk about nutrition for the ones who made you Mama!  

My personal experience with excess lipase enzyme:

Baby #1

I was committed to breastfeeding my baby boy! I was lucky enough to have a job where I was able to bring him with me, however, because of that I didn’t need to use a bottle really until about 4-5 months.

And of course, baby wouldn’t take the bottle.

My son’s babysitter mentioned that the milk in the bottle smelled sour…I didn’t pay much attention to it and resigned to never be able to leave my son for an extended amount of time.

Baby #2

When my second son came along I was working at a new job where I was unable to take my him with me. Again, I couldn’t get him to take a bottle! It was unbelievably frustrating.

I dove deep into some research to find a real solution. Eventually I came across one little blog that talked about excess lipase enzyme. With excessive amounts of this enzyme, your milk tastes soapy and smells sour!

I promptly went over to some of my pumped milk, tasted it, and gagged! It was definitely soapy. Oh the #momguilt that arose after realizing I had been trying to feed my poor babies soapy-tasting milk!!

Baby #3

Scalding expressed milk continues to be the only way that the milk is acceptable!

So here's what to do to confirm the problem….

I had to taste the milk to determine how many hours until it spoiled! Upon testing, I discovered that I have about 5 hours before my milk starts to taste soapy.

To overcome the problem….

I stumbled across a procedure to scald the milk and break-down the excess lipase. Several years ago, there weren’t many resources. Today, you can even find an article on Kellymom.com, which is a fantastic breastfeeding resource if you need one!


So was I damaging my sweet little babies with this excess lipase?

Nope! There is no effect on the baby.

Is it discouraging as heck?

Yep! But hang in there, mama.

Here’s how to push through if your baby is refusing the bottle:

· Find a lactation consultant

· Work with a dietitian

· Sample your milk

· If you expressed milk is soapy—immediately after pumping scald the milk to 180 F (82 C), or until you see little bubbles around the edge of the pan (not to a full, rolling boil).

· Quickly cool and store the milk.

If you do these steps and your milk still doesn’t taste right, then excess lipase isn’t the issue. Most likely foods from your diet are changing the taste.

Pay attention to types of fats you are eating (high amounts of poly-unsaturated fat/the “good ones”), and iron and copper in your diet. If you suspect dietary factors to be the case, work with a dietitian, lactation consultant, or your primary care doctor to figure out how to get past this.

Mamas, did you know that you can download a free E-book, Frozen to Fabulous, that helps you to better use frozen foods? Healthy frozen foods can be excellent choices when you have a breastfeeding baby in tow. Grab your free E-book by clicking HERE.

Email me at kristen.noriega.rdn@gmail.com if you have questions or if you'd like to work with me.

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