My Latest Obstacle — Excess Lipase

I’m pausing a bit from blogging this week. I discovered I have excess lipase in my breast milk and it’s raising quite the drama for these reasons:
  • The 200 ounces I pumped and froze over my maternity leave can’t be used
  • To be able to store milk I have to scald it which is quite the process
The only good news is (yes, I’m trying to find some positives):
  • I found out this week instead of next (I return to work on Monday)
  • Jemma is taking a little bit of milk from a sippy cup; as long as it has fresh expressed or scalded milk … yeah! Nursing is still great. Excess lipase only effects pumped milk.
  • After a few experiments I think my milk will hold in the fridge for 18 hours before the excess lipase makes it taste/smell bad
  • I have great support from my local La Leche League leader
That’s that. Keep me in your prayers this week as I figure out a pump/scald/store routine for work next week. Excess lipase seems to be pretty rare and I’m still wishing I wasn’t having to deal with it :(

UPDATE! I was able to donate all my milk effected by excess lipase :) Read more about that here

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  1. says

    It wasn't until after my SECOND child refused bottles that I figured out this was my issue too! I also wonder if this is why my son loves to drink soapy bath water? LOL Tastes familiar maybe?

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