If the milk is stored properly and is not too old (a good rule of thumb is 6 hours at room temperature, 6 days in the fridge, and 6 months in the freezer, and 12 months in a deep freezer), milk banks for mothers who cannot provide their babies with their own milk are a very worthy first option. If looking for alternative ways to feed extra milk to a growing baby, toddler, or even adults, check out these ideas:
- Make butter! Just put a few ounces of milk in a clean jar and shake vigorously until you have butter.
- Ice cream can be made by simply substituting human milk for cow's milk. A great option for moms on a dairy-free diet who are craving ice cream.
- Freeze it into popsicles or ice cubes for summertime or teething babies.
- Make cheese like the chef who first set off the media firestorm years ago.
- Use it as a creamer for coffees and other drinks.
- Substitute for cow's milk with human milk in baking or cooking recipes.
- Donate it to chemo patients, whose digestion can be aided by breastmilk.
- There is a seemingly-endless list of non-food uses for human milk with its antifungal properties, from removing makeup to relieving scrapes and burns.
July 8, 2011 at 1:06 PM
by TempestRayneJuly 8, 2011 at 4:40 PMYPu actually should let the milk separate before you try to make butter. You can just skim the cream right off the top.
by Charli627July 8, 2011 at 8:33 PMCool. I knew some of these.
by websorceressJuly 9, 2011 at 1:29 AM
use as an eye drop if you think your eye is getting infected or if it's irritated.......my daughter has done this with the kids and the animals..........the colostrum in breast milk is for so many different things, it helps to heal almost anything......
July 9, 2011 at 7:57 AM
Thanks for posting!
by BarronbabyJuly 9, 2011 at 8:18 AMCool.... I should make butter with the kids it would be a fun project. I have enough milk coming out that I'm sharing with a momma
by johnny4everJuly 9, 2011 at 8:26 AM
by HTMommyJuly 9, 2011 at 9:09 AM
Finally found something to with all the extra? YAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Cool.... I should make butter with the kids it would be a fun project. I have enough milk coming out that I'm sharing with a momma