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If you specifically looked for or clicked on this post knowingly, congratulations! You are one of the lucky mommies who have a surplus of breast milk, which, believe us, is extremely difficult to come by!
Of course, with the blood, sweat, and tears required to produce and pump that precious milk day after day, it’s understandable that you’d want to find ways to keep them from going to waste. So, here are some ideas on what you can do with all that extra breast milk!
1. Get Crafty with It
We know that this may sound totally off-the-wall, but hear us out!
Over the years, a handful of crafty mommies have devised a number of ingenious ways to turn their excess or expired breast milk into some pretty awesome stuff, and these “breast milk crafts” are actually more common and popular than you might think!
These things are so popular that there are many websites and stores that sell them online! Of course, there are even more DIY guides and tutorials online, so if you want to try your hand at either of the crafts below, a quick online search is all you need to do to get started:
- Bath soaps
Unleash your inner artists, mommies!
2. Store It
This is a no-brainer, but let’s go over it regardless.
Now, we know that this is probably every breastfeeding mother’s go-to technique for dealing with excess breast milk. However, as you may already know, storing breast milk can be tricky, if not downright confusing. So, if you do decide to store it, here are some important things to keep in mind!
a. Storage on your kitchen counter:
- Place in the coolest part of the counter
- Away from direct sunlight
- Ideal temperature: 16°C – 25°C
- Ideal duration: Up to 4 hours
b. Storage in your refrigerator:
- Place in the centre or as far back as possible
- Do not store in the compartments on the refrigerator door
- Ideal temperature: 4°C or colder
- Ideal duration: Up to 3 days
c. Storage in your freezer:
- Store in BPA-free breast milk storage bags or sealed containers
- Label the bags with expressed dates
- Place at the back of the freezer
- Ideal temperature: -18°C or colder
- Ideal duration: Up to 6 months
3. Donate It
Donating your breast milk is another option, whether you have an oversupply of breast milk or simply want to do some good! Though, if you do decide to donate, you should be aware that it may not be without its challenges.
Most breast milk banks have strict criteria and guidelines when it comes to breast milk donation to ensure that the donated breast milk is safe for other infants to consume. And, sometimes, even if you meet the criteria and follow the guidelines to the letter, you’d still be unable to donate your milk for other reasons.
Also, a quick online search will tell you that there aren’t many breast milk banks or drives in Singapore, with the exception of the following:
- Temasek Foundation Community Milk Bank Programme (KK Human Milk Bank)
- Milk Drive (The Food Bank Singapore)
So, yes, while donating may not be the easiest option, we do believe it is the most rewarding, and thus, an option that you should consider giving a shot.
4. Make a Bath Out of It
Breast milk baths are said to be very beneficial for a baby’s skin due to the high presence of fatty acid components in breast milk, which can help prevent itchy and dry skin by locking in moisture. But that’s not all! A relaxing breast milk bath can also help with the treatment of the following conditions in your baby:
- Mild eczema
- Baby acne
- Diaper rash
- Cuts and insect bites
So, if you want to give it a go, all you need to do first is fill your baby’s bathtub with an adequate amount of lukewarm water. Then, add just enough breast milk to make the bathwater milky (a good rule of thumb is around 150 – 300ml of breast milk) and gently soak your baby in it.
Mommy Tip: It’s perfectly fine to use frozen or expired breast milk to prepare a breast milk bath for your baby as long as it still smells good.
See, mommies? There are plenty of ways to put that extra “liquid gold” you worked so hard to produce for your little one to good use rather than letting them go down the drain in vain!
We hope you have fun trying one or more of the fun, creative, and helpful ways we discussed above and that you have a wonderful breastfeeding journey ahead!
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