Anyone that's attempted to breast feed or nurse can guess why breast milk's nickname is liquid gold. It is nutrient packed, sometimes in low supply, and labor intensive to produce. Whether you are exclusive pumper or pumping to secure a stockpile for future separations from your baby, you may be worried from time to time about giving your baby spoiled milk. But how do you know if it's not usable? Thankfully, there are some signs your breast milk is still good so you can avoid throwing out perfectly fine milk.
For the short time I breastfed and pumped, I felt like it was always a guessing game. I did what I was supposed to as far as proper storage procedures and labeling each bag with dates and times. Yet, when it came time to actually using the milk sometimes I would be second guessing it thinking, "Hmm, this smells different today, or, this looks a little different today." As much as it pained me to dump it in the sink (pumping and dumping is the literal worst) I felt like I didn't have a choice because there was no way I could feed my baby milk that I even slightly thought might be spoiled. I'd blame myself forever if that happened.
Turns out I was being overly cautious and admittedly a little misinformed. Here are five ways, to help you determine if your breast milk is good, fresh and usable.