Do you have extra breast milk? If so, you’re in luck! There are many different things that you can do with it. In this article, we will discuss 10 amazing things that you can do with your extra breast milk. Keep reading to learn more!
If you’re a breast pumping mom , chances are you’ve got more milk than you know what to do with.
Don’t throw it away! There are lots of options and things you can do with it.
How to save your breast milk
If you need to store your breastmilk check out this article on the BEST breastmilk storage bags. You can also stockpile breastmilk if you are wanting to have enough to do other things with it besides feed your baby.
What can you do with extra breast milk?
Donate your milk
Milk banks collect and distribute breast milk to babies in need. There are also other places that you can donate your milk to.
You can also look up Human Milk For Human Babies on Facebook to find local women near you who are wanting to donate milk and others who are looking for milk.
This is a great way to help others while also getting rid of your extra breast milk.
If you get sore nipples from breast feeding or pumping you can take breastmilk to rub on your nipples to help relieve them from pain. If you have extra milk in the middle of your breastfeeding journey this would be a great remedy!
Another thing that you can do with your extra breast milk is use it to make soap! Breast milk soap is said to be very gentle and nourishing for the skin. If you’re interested in making your own soap, there are many recipes online that you can follow.
Mix With Solid Foods
Have you ever considered using your extra breast milk for cooking? It can actually be used in many different recipes as a substitute for dairy milk. Try using it in pancakes, waffles, or even smoothies!
You can also add breastmilk into your babies solid foods- such as oatmeal, pancakes or mac and cheese.
Help With Diaper Rash
If your baby has a diaper rash it has been shown that breast milk was just as effective as hydrocortisone by putting some on your child’s tush and then letting it dry before putting on a diaper.
Make a Facial Mask
If you’re looking for a way to pamper yourself, why not try using your extra breast milk in a facial mask? There are many recipes online for DIY facial masks that call for breast milk. Give it a try and see how your skin feels afterwards! It is a fairly easy process, too!
Do you have a pet? If so, you can actually use your extra breast milk to help keep them healthy! Breast milk is known to be full of nutrients and antibodies that can help boost the immune system. You can add it to your pet’s food or water bowl, or even use it to make homemade dog treats!
Breastmilk jewelry is all the rage right now! There are so many different options when it comes to making jewelry out of your breastmilk. You can make rings, necklaces, earrings- and more!
Check out our article here that will walk you through it all!
You can add leftover breastmilk into your babies or toddlers bath water. It might make it a little more cloudy but it can also help with dry skin.
Insect Bites and Sunburns
Simply mix breastmilk to water for a nice, soothing antidote for bug bites or sunburns. It can help relieve burns and pain.
Finally, if you’re simply looking for a way to get rid of your extra breast milk, you can always freeze it! Frozen breast milk can be stored for up to six months, so it’s a great way to have it on hand just in case.
As you can see, there are many different things that you can do with your extra breast milk. Whether you choose to donate it, use it in recipes, or simply freeze it for later, you’re sure to find a use for it! What will you do with your extra breast milk? Let us know in the comments below!
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Katie Clark is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has helped thousands of mothers and families around the globe navigate breastfeeding challenges and questions since 2015. She has a passion for creating research-based, helpful breastfeeding education and helping parents find a way to make breastfeeding work for them. Katie is a mom of three little boys and lives in the great state of Colorado. She also has a degree in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism.