If you have spoiled or excess breast milk, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do with it, well relax, we list the top things you can do with leftover breast milk or expired breast milk.
You may have spoiled or excess breast milk for many reasons, and rightly so you probably don’t just want to throw this magic liquid down the drain. Even spoiled breastmilk can have its after life uses! Human milk is magic and if you have leftover fresh breast milk you can use it in baby food or to make other items for the baby, its literally liquid gold.
If you have left over spoiled or your breast milk smells sour , do not feed this to the baby, but don’t worry we’ve got plenty of other uses for this from breast milk soap to breast milk baths!
Things you can do with leftover breast milk
If you have too much milk for whatever reason, and your freezer bank is full, consider some of these uses for it. You can also use most of these if your milk is expired (has a sour smell and taste and you don’t want tot feed your baby with it). Often milk will smell sour due to excess lipase and is fine, but may smell and taste off. If you have milk like this you can use it in loads of other very useful ways!
Donate it to a Milk Bank
If you have extra breast milk that is not spoiled and you don’t want to use first of all consider donating breast milk, there are lots of baby milk banks that would be delighted to take in your excess frozen breast milk or leftover milk. The human milk banking association will give you full details of how to donate locally.
Breast milk is vital for neo natals so donating any spare you have would be amazing. Your lactation consultant may also know of local women who have low milk supply who would love to have some extra liquid gold!
Moisturizer or Skin Care
Freshen up your complexion by using it as a face wash or moisturizer.
Simply mix it with some water and use a cotton ball to apply it all over your face. You can also try using it as eye cream to help reduce puffiness.
Breast milk makes amazing cream for baby’s skin for baby acne or just to keep it nice and smooth. It should be the first thing you think of using on baby’s head for any ailment!
Use it on Cradle Cap
Cradle cap is a condition that causes scaling and flaking on the scalp of newborns. Some studies have shown that breast milk may be able to help treat cradle cap.
After Sun Care
If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, apply some breast milk to your skin to help soothe and cool it down. It can also help reduce the appearance of sunburns.
Dry skin got you down? Combat dry patches by applying a thin layer of breastmilk all over your babies body. It will help lock in moisture and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Diaper Rash Cream
If your baby is suffering from a diaper rash, apply a layer of breast milk to the affected area to help soothe and heal it.
You can either apply it directly or make a diaper rash cream with it.
If you’re experiencing nipple soreness, using breastmilk as nipple cream can help offer relief. Just rub a few drops on sore nipple and leave it to dry.
Adding breast milk to your post-workout shake is a great way to get in some extra protein. This is not suitable for spoiled breast milk or expired breast milk but if you have excess fresh milk or frozen milk this might work well!
Don’t let your excess breast milk go to waste, use it in recipes as an ingredient. It’s a great way to add extra nutrients and flavor to your dish. Thawed breast milk can be added to any of baby’s food to help them eat it. You can even make popsicles with it, just pop into popsicle molds and freeze!
Make a bath for your Baby
If you have a small amount of or have breast milk which has spoiled left, consider using it to make a bath for your baby. The milk will help soothe and soften their skin.
To make the bath, simply add 1 or 2 cups of breast milk to a warm bathtub. Soak your baby in the milk-water mixture for about 15 minutes.
You can also use gentle, all-natural baby soap to clean them while they’re in the bath.
Some mothers find that bathing their baby in breast milk helps relieve diaper rash and other skin irritations. If your baby is experiencing any skin problems, you may want to give this a try.
Turn Breastmilk into Jewelry
If you have a little bit of breast milk left over, why not turn it into jewelry? There are a number of online stores that sell breast milk jewelry, and it’s becoming increasingly popular.
There are a few different ways to make breast milk jewelry. One method is to freeze the milk in small droplets, then embed them in clear resin. Another is to use a UV light to harden the milk into a plastic-like material.
If you’re not comfortable using your own breast milk, you can also buy breast milk jewelry online. Some mothers sell their milk for this purpose, or you can find stores that sell pre-made jewelry.
Whatever you do,be sure to store your breast milk jewelry in a dry place. Exposure to moisture can cause the milk to spoil.
Make Breastmilk Baby Soap
This is a great way to use up all of the milk, and it makes a great natural soap for your baby.
To make the soap, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of breast milk
1. Melt the coconut oil and olive oil in a saucepan over low heat.
2. Add the breast milk and stir until well combined.
3. Pour the mixture into a soap mold or container.
4. Let the soap cool and harden.
5. Cut the soap into small pieces and store in a dry place.
The soap will last for about 6 months if stored properly.
Use it for treatment of Ear Infection
Recent studies have shown that breast milk may be able to help treat ear infections. The milk contains a number of antibacterial and antiviral agents that can help fight the infection.
To try this treatment, pour a few drops of breast milk into your baby’s ear canal. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it out with a cotton ball. You can also use a warm, damp cloth to clean the ear canal.
Make a Breastmilk Bath Bomb
If you have a lot of breast milk left over, consider making some bath bombs. They’re a lot of fun to make, and are safe for everyone in the family to use..
Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 cup of baking soda
-1/2 cup of citric acid
-1/2 cup of corn starch
-1/4 cup of water
-3 tablespoons of breast milk
1. In a bowl, mix together the baking soda, citric acid, corn starch and water.
2. Stir in the breast milk and food coloring until well combined.
3. Spoon the mixture into a mold or container.
4. Let it sit for 12 hours to dry.
5. Carefully remove the bath bomb from the mold or container.
6. Store in a dry place.
The bath bombs will last for about 6 months if stored properly.
Treat Rosacea with Breastmilk
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and irritation in the face. Some studies have shown that breast milk may be able to help treat rosacea.
To try this treatment, apply a few drops of breast milk to the affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also use a gentle soap to clean the area.
You can repeat this treatment 2-3 times a day.
Treating Sore nipples with Breastmilk
If you’re experiencing sore nipples, consider using breast milk to treat them. The milk contains a number of antibacterial and antiviral agents that can help speed up the healing process.
To try this treatment, apply a few drops of breast milk to each nipple. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse withwarm water. You can also use a gentle soap to clean the area.
You can repeat this treatment 2-3 times a day.
Treatment of Eczema with Breastmilk
Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, itchy patches on the skin. Some studies have shown that breast milk may be able to help treat eczema.
To try this treatment, apply a few drops of breast milk to the affected area.
Make a Breast Milk Lotion for Diaper Rash
If your baby has a diaper rash, you can use breast milk to treat it. The milk contains a number of antibacterial and antiviral agents that can help speed up the healing process.
To make the lotion, you’ll need:
-1/4 cup of breast milk
-1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-1 tablespoon of beeswax
-1/2 teaspoon of lavender oil
1. In a small saucepan, melt the beeswax and olive oil over low heat.
2. Add the aloe vera gel and breast milk and stir until well combined.
3. Pour the mixture into a container.
4. Add the lavender oil and stir until well combined.
5. Let the lotion cool and harden.
6. Store in a dry place.
The lotion will last for about 6 months if stored properly. This lotion can be used for soothing relief on diaper rash, bug bites or any skin irritation that your baby might have.
Use it with Solid food
Introducing solid foods to your baby can be a daunting task. But with a little bit of practice, and the help of breast milk, you’ll be able to do it in no time.
Breast milk is an excellent source of nutrients for your baby, and it’s easy to digest. It’s also a great way to introduce new flavors and textures to your baby’s diet.
Start by adding a small amount of breast milk to your baby’s food. Gradually increase the amount until your baby is eating mostly solid foods.
Be sure to offer a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat. And remember to keep things exciting by changing up the menu every once in a while.
There are many benefits to using breast milk as a treatment for various skin conditions. Breast milk is a natural and effective way to treat rosacea, sore nipples, eczema, and diaper rash. It’s also a great way to introduce solid foods to your baby. And finally, it’s a great source of nutrients for your baby. So, if you’re experiencing any of these skin conditions, be sure to give breast milk a try. You won’t regret it!
The Bottom Line on uses for spoiled breast milk
If you have extra breast milk which your baby refuses or you don’t know what to do with, then hopefully some of our many suggestions above might help. It will work on everything from a milk bath for your baby or even your own bath, to making a lovely skin cream when you mix with essential oils. If you’ve ran ouf of milk storage and your freezer stash is bursting then you can consider donating your excess to other moms who might need more milk!
This article was written by Sandra Baker – full time writer and the mother of four amazing kids (including twins!)
She’s also a breastfeeding counselor and has spent years helping new parents learn how to care for their children. When she’s not writing or caring for her children, Sandra likes to spend time reading and taking walks with her husband.