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BM Storage - is this normal?

So, I only get an ounce or so each pumping session so it takes a while to get enough to put in a storage bag.  So, I keep a bottle in the fridge and add the new milk to it as I pump.

Is it normal for the milk to separate a bit in the fridge?  Also, I find that the milk kind of coats the inside of the bottle - it almost looks like a thin layer of egg white and when I shake it up it mixes back in.  Is all of this okay?

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Re: BM Storage - is this normal?

  • Mine does the same thing. i think it's the fat that seperates. Seems ok
  • yea its the fat separating from the milk. totally normal, but you should swirl it back in and not shake./
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    yea its the fat separating from the milk. totally normal, but you should swirl it back in and not shake./

    this! shaking is not good for the milk

    you should swirl

  • ohh and the separation is normal

    its like whole milk, all the cream goes to the top

  • All totally normal.  Breastmilk isn't homogenized, so it separates.

    As for the swirl don't shake, I've heard that's a myth.  I'm sure shaking does destroy a few more nutrients than shaking, but I don't think it's a big enough deal to worry about.  I shake the heck out of bottles to get them mixed up properly.

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