5 Tips for Using Up Surplus Breast Milk

June 7, 2017
5 Tips for Using Up Surplus Breast Milk

Not every mom is fortunate enough to have a surplus of breast milk. But if you’re pumping milk and realize you’re producing more than you need to feed your baby, or if you find yourself at the end of your journey with a freezer full of milk, consider these ideas for putting that hard-earned liquid gold to good use.

  1. Donate It! Breast milk donation is an incredible way to help out mothers and babies who need it most. When you donate through an official milk bank like the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, your donated milk is used to help premature babies in the NICU, newborns with gastrointestinal problems or other illnesses, and babies whose mothers cannot breastfeed.
  2. Mix Breast Milk Into Baby’s Food. Once your baby is eating solids, you can mix breast milk into any foods that call for milk, like oatmeal, pancakes or mac and cheese. Or, just give your little one a sippy cup of breast milk to drink instead of juice or cow’s milk.
  3. Make Breast Milk Ice Pops. If you’re pumping more than your baby is regularly eating, try freezing breast milk into popsicle molds or ice cubes. These “momsicles” are especially great for teething babies, or as a summer treat for toddlers.
  4. Give Baby a Milk Bath. If your breast milk is no longer good to drink (anything longer than 12 months in a deep freezer), consider using it in other ways. Many moms recommend pouring your little one a milk bath to help moisturize and soothe their sensitive skin. All you need is enough breast milk in to make the water cloudy. Just remember, never ever leave your baby unattended in the bath!
  5. Get Crafty. Again, if your breast milk is past its “use by” date, there are a lot of fun ways you can use it up. Try making homemade breast milk soap, lotions, or diaper creams. Pinterest is full of fun and crafty ideas to get you inspired.

What other ways have you used up surplus breast milk? Share in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “5 Tips for Using Up Surplus Breast Milk

  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 breast milk storage here: http://bit.ly/1J90laa. Depending on your freezer settings, breast milk 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

    • I had 2000oz before going back to work. But that was after 7mos. Thankful for my freezer stash because stress from. Work and lack of sleep really tanked my supply. So just save what you can! You will Def be able to use it! Keep on pumping! 💗

  2. Any tips for frozen breastmilk that has high lipase? I can’t bring myself to feed it to him and unfortunately I didn’t realize until I had 4 months worth of milk saved…

    • Hi Kara,

      Breast milk with high lipase is safe to use and many babies will accept it. In many cases, babies do not seem to mind odor/taste changes in breast milk. Please feel free to reach out to our Lactation Consultant at http://bit.ly/AskTheLC with any questions you have. Thank you for your comment!

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