4 Ways to Use the Breast Milk in the Back of Your Freezer

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Donate it!

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4 Ways to Use the Breast Milk in the Back of Your Freezer

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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4 comments

  1. Anna says:

    It also works wonders in the bath for cradle cap or if your kiddo gets a sore bottom. SAVED my kiddo’s tushie when she was learning to wipe herself (I used milk from my 2nd baby, I didn’t save it in the freezer for 2+ years). Just dump a few ounces in at bath time and let them play, then wash and rinse as usual 🙂

  2. Jessica says:

    I used it as a milk substitute it items like banana pancakes. I would just mark them “baby only” in ziplock baggies. I would make a large batch of banana pancakes on a Saturday morning, and then throw the leftovers in a baggie to warm up in the microwave for her breakfast thru the week. As she got a little older and I realized I was still going to have extra left, I used the milk in cookies, muffins, and even her mac and cheese. I don’t know if cooking it causing anything to be lost, but she loved eating them, and I felt better about using my excess for items she could still enjoy.

  3. Tisha says:

    These are great ideas! I’ve got several hundred ounces of frozen milk left and my son isn’t interested in it now that we’ve gotten rid of bottles, these ideas are great!! Thank you so much! Now I don’t feel at such a loss for what to do with it haha 🙂

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