4 Ways to Use Breast Milk in Food
Do you offer your baby milk outside of breastfeeding or bottles? Are you trying to find ways to make the transition from boob to spoon just a little bit easier? Worry no more, below, we have a few ways you can use your breast milk to make a gentle transition to solid foods or use up some of the extra milk you have (if you're lucky enough to have some!).
While your husband may go into the freezer looking for ice cream, only to find pouches of breast milk - we found ways to use breast milk in food. Here are some of the recipes we talk about below:
- Breast milk in Baby's Cereal or in Toddler's Breakfast
- Breast milk Popsicles for Teething
- Breast milk Mixed in Baby Purees
- Breast milk into Smoothies
Take your baby from milk monster to little explorer with these fun ways to use breast milk in your food.
Breast Milk in Breakfast or Baby Cereal
Using breast milk to make baby cereal or oatmeal for your baby or your toddler is probably the most straight forward way. It's a great way to spin that liquid gold into a quick and easy breakfast for your baby! You can use a baby cereal brand you like or Amara's Oats n' Berriesflavor.
Recipe Breastmilk Baby Cereal:
1. Place 2-3 tablespoons of baby cereal or 1 pouch of Amara Oats n' Berries in a bowl
2. Mix with 4-5 tablespoons of fresh or frozen breast milk or until your desired consistency
3. Stir and enjoy!
You can use breast milk or formula and any kind of baby cereal to make this recipe. If you use Amara Oats n Berries - you can use cold or room temperature breast milk. If you want to use warm breast milk, just make sure you don't heat the breast milk in the stove or the microwave. Heating breast milk sacrifices the nutrients and enzymes that are present in breast milk.
If you want to warm breast milk for your baby cereal - the safest way is to place the container of breast milk under running lukewarm water for a few minutes or put it in a lukewarm bath to bring it to body temperature.
If you want to warm breast milk for your baby cereal - the safest way is to place the container of breast milk under lukewarm water for a few minutes to bring it to body temperature.
Breast Milk in Popsicles for Teething
Breast feeding, starting solids and teething all come around the same time for your baby (as if you didn't already have enough to deal with!). That's why we love breast milk popsicles. You get all the benefits of breastfeeding, and the cold popsicles help ease your baby during the discomfort of teething. Here's a recipe for quick breast milk popsicles:
Recipe Breastmilk Popsicles:
1. Use fresh breast milk (not frozen)
2. Optional: You can mix in a Fruit or Veggie Baby Puree
3. Pour into your favorite popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours.
Note that we recommend fresh breastmilk instead of frozen breastmilk because it's not recommended to re-freeze breastmilk.
Mix Breast Milk into Purees
The transition from boob to spoon is meant to be slow and steady. One of the fun ways to use breast milk in food is exactly that - mix your breast milk into your baby's food purees. Mixing a bit of breast milk with a spoonful of baby food is helpful to start introducing your baby to food with something that is familiar to her. We've found that some babies accept new foods more easily when mixed with something they are already used to (like breastmilk or formula). Whether you're using Amara baby food purees that are designed for a gentle transition from boob to spoon; or making your own - here are some simple steps to mixing breast milk into purees:
Pour fresh or frozen breastmilk into your favorite baby food bowl.
Slowly mix in Amara baby food puree or a fruit or vegetable puree of your choice.
Stir until desired consistency. Serve your perfect breast milk baby food puree! Enjoy!
Mix into Baby Breast Milk Smoothies
I don't know about you but I live on smoothies - so when I heard about breast milk smoothies for my baby, I was hooked. Breastmilk is a wonderful source of nutrition for babies from birth to 6 months old and should be the exclusive source of nutrition for them. At 6 months, you can start introducing solids to your baby and can use these breastmilk smoothies as a fun way to get the nutritious breastmilk your baby loves. Plus - breast milk is naturally sweet so it's a perfect. You can use formula too - just remember that formula is a bit sweeter.
Recipe for Baby Breast Milk Smoothies:
1. Use fresh or frozen breastmilk
2. Optional: Mix in a Fruit or Veggie Baby Puree
3. Pour into a blender, pulse until smooth
4. Serve cold or room temperature, enjoy!
It’s now very well known that breastmilk is a complete, healthy and nutritious baby’s first food and should be the exclusive source of nutrition for an infant from birth to 6 months and the main source of nutrition from 6 to 12 months.
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