Getting Creative With Breastmilk: What to do With a Surplus

March 5, 2014
Getting Creative With Breastmilk: What to do With a Surplus

Not all moms are fortunate enough to be able to build a surplus of breastmilk when pumping for their little one, but if you find yourself with an overflowing freezer or are just looking for different ways to utilize your stash, here are some ideas for how to put that liquid gold to good use:

  • First, consider donation. Breastmilk donation is one of the most powerful ways women can help other women. You may have to meet specific screening requirements, but there are many ways to help moms and babies in need – both within the US and internationally.
  • Add breastmilk to baby food for an added nutritional boost.
  • Freeze breastmilk into popsicle molds or ice cubes for an easy summer treat for little ones. “Momsicles” are also a great remedy for teething babies any time of the year.
  • If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can use breastmilk to make butter, yogurt, or cheese.

Do you have additional ideas to share for how to use breastmilk? Let us know in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Getting Creative With Breastmilk: What to do With a Surplus

  1. My son is 6 weeks and I have probably close to 100 ounces saved in my freezer for when I return to work. Is this too much to have saved already? I don’t want it to go bad and there are at least 3 ounces in each and at the most some have 7 to 8 ounces in each. With my first I dried up and was unable to go past 3 months but I am determined with this one and a little nervous about returning to work and exclusively pumping during the day instead of nursing.

    • Hi Chasity,

      Great work! Every pumping mom is different in how much of a freezer stash they’re comfortable with keeping. Many moms don’t have a frozen surplus at all, but instead, simply pump each day for the next day’s feedings. You can learn more about the ins and outs of breastmilk storage here: http://bit.ly/1J90laa. Depending on your freezer settings, breastmilk can be safely frozen for 6-12 months. Once it has been thawed, it must be used within 24 hours and cannot be refrozen.

      Let us know if you have any questions. Hope this helps!
      Kathy

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