4 Ways to Use the Breast Milk in the Back of Your Freezer
Most working mamas I know are a little bit obsessed with building a back-up stash of milk for their babies. Over the course of my little one's sixteen months of nursing I accumulated a huge stockpile of milk in my freezer and, when he finished up and was no longer interested in breast milk, I found myself with close to 200oz of frozen milk that I wasn't quite sure what to do with. Knowing how much work I put into making all that milk, there was no way I was going to let it go to waste so I got creative and found a use for every last ounce. Click through to see four creative ways to use every last bit of your frozen milk!
Toss it into a smoothie
Though my little guy was no longer interested in drinking breast milk after he weaned, he loved the smoothies I made him with it. To prepare your little one a breast milk smoothie, simply throw your favorite fruit and berries in the blender with a few ounces of frozen milk. Milk smoothies can be enjoyed through a straw or with a spoon depending on your little ones preference.
Make teething popsicles with it
A perfect treat to keep your little on cool in the summer, follow the same steps as you would for a smoothie, but refreeze your smoothie in a popsicle mold. This healthy treat is a fabulous alternative to traditional teethers and can soothe even the sorest gums!
Save it for when your little one gets sick.
Breast milk does wonders for a sick baby. Save a couple of sippy-cups worth of your liquid gold for times when your little one has a cold or a tummy bug. Even if they don't have a post-weaning interest in breast milk when they are well, many toddlers will happily drink it up instead of eating a meal if they're not feeling their best.
There are a lot of moms out there who want their babies to drink breast milk but who aren't able to provide it for them themselves. If your city has a milk bank you can donate there or, if you don't mind delivering or shipping your milk or having someone pick it up, there's several great milk-sharing websites that can hook you up with a mom who would be grateful for your extra milk.
Did you find other creative ways to use up your milk? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!Read More