Many women have an overflow of milk-supply during the early weeks of breastfeeding, and are not sure what to do with the expired breastmilk that sat out past the recommended drinking time — 6-8 hours at room temperature. My little guy did not latch on right away, we practiced daily and eventually he got the hang of it. However, he preferred to drink his breastmilk to-go via the bottle so I ended up pumping A LOT. Fortunately, I expressed a lot of milk – enough to create a freezer stash for use up to 6 months.
What to do with frozen, leftover or expired (not sour) breastmilk?
I’d pump 8oz of breastmilk, and he’d drink a few ounces at a time since he was a few weeks old, and had a smaller stomach then. I expressed over 35oz a day – leaving enough milk for our freezer stash and other uses. Breastmilk is truly liquid gold because of it’s many healing properties. I tried my best to use every drop, and yes you’re not the only one– I cried over spilled milk.
Expired Breastmilk Bath:
The milk that sat out in room temperature, for over 6-8 hours, was stored in the designated bath storage bottle. During bath times I added milk to warm water. So far Kai has not experienced a diaper rash. He is a few weeks from 1 years old. I believe the healing properties in breastmilk, and Kai’s bath soaks definitely played a role. 99percent of his breastmilk baths were solely water and breastmilk with no soap– you heard that right, NO SOAP JUST BREASTMILK. I wanted the milk to do it’s thang- at it’s highest potential. After all, there are videos of mamas transforming breastmilk into soap. Makes sense since soaps are made out of fats, and breastmilk has lots of lipids (Maybe I’ll try that one day).
Other Benefits of Breastmilk Baths Include:
- Not only does breastmilk baths prevent diaper rashes, but this liquid gold also rids the rashes and heals minor cuts and scrapes.
- Moisturizes dry skin (consider breastmilk baths if your baby has eczema)
- Helps get rid of cradle cap
- Soothes irritated skin
- Helps baby absorb healing properties, antibodies and nutrients
I get a lot of questions on how to prepare a breastmilk bath — Stay tuned, I’ll include a step-by-step talk through on how I use my discarded milk for baths in a blog post.
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