More and more moms in the United States are going back to good old-fashioned breastfeeding. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 79 percent of newborns are breastfed by their moms.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding — that is, only feeding your baby breast milk — for at least the first six months. Less than half of U.S. babies are breastfed for that long.
Breast milk contains all the nutrients your baby needs to grow strong and stay healthy, including fat, sugar, protein, and water. It also boosts your baby’s immune system and lowers their risk for asthma, type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, obesity, and more.
While taking time to breastfeed or pump seems feasible during maternity leave, things can change when and if you have to go back to work. If you’re looking for ways to make sure your baby can get breast milk’s nutrients even when you’re away from home, or are just looking to spice up the menu with creative treats, here are some helpful recipes.
Breast milk banana ice cream
Teething babies and toddlers need something cool and soothing for their gums, and this recipe from Diary of a Fit Mommy certainly fits the bill. It’s simple — you use a frozen banana and breast milk to create a treat that will keep baby’s mind off of their suffering. Adding spices like cinnamon (optional in this recipe) is not necessary, as your baby may be allergic.
Breast milk pancakes
Love and Duck Fat came up with this breakfast recipe when their toddler wouldn’t bottle-feed anymore. It forced mom to come up with a method of using up all the frozen breast milk she’d stored. While cooking breast milk does reduce some of the immune properties, this is still a good way to get pumped milk to your baby.
The Picky Eater brings us this recipe, which she says was her daughter’s first solid food. It’s a pretty fast and simple technique. You can also freeze the puree, if you get a good deal on avocados!
For a teething infant, these basic breast milk popsicles from Awakening Willow are a great and soothing option. The process is fairly simple, and the popsicles will make sure your baby is both less grumpy and getting all the nutrients they need.
Fruity breast milk popsicles
When it comes to breast milk popsicles, there are plenty of ways to get creative! This recipe from Dr. Momma uses fresh juice to create a tasty, sweet treat that will soothe your teething infant.
Breast milk yogurt
If your household is filled with yogurt lovers, there’s no reason baby shouldn’t be too. The recipe is easy, and you can customize it with mashed fruit or cinnamon. It calls for yogurt starter, but Hippie Inside says that 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with live cultures does the trick just fine.
Babies often start their solid food adventures with oatmeal or rice cereal. But don’t just add water to the grains, add breast milk! These easy instructions come from Deliciously Fit, who suggests making a big batch and freezing it in ice cube trays for perfect baby serving sizes.