Breastmilk contains INCREDIBLE properties. It goes without saying that nobody wants to throw away precious, pumped liquid gold.
Here are tips and tricks on what you can do with your leftover breastmilk so you can make the most of it and never waste a single drop again!
Reasons you may have leftover breastmilk:
- Your baby developed an intolerance to a food you were eating
- You have excessively high lipase in your breastmilk which causes your frozen breastmilk to have a sour smell and taste (although this is rare and treatable)
- Your baby weaned and you still have milk left in the freezer
- You thawed too much milk by accident and you won’t use it all
- Your baby didn’t finish a bottle
What to do with leftover breastmilk:
1. Diaper Rash
A study found that breastmilk was just as effective as hydrocortisone on babies with diaper rash. You can just pat some breastmilk on your baby’s bottom and then let it dry before you put their diaper back on.
2. Sore Nipples
Sore nipples are quite common in the early days of breastfeeding. Breastmilk provides soothing relief and helps nipples heal faster. You can express some breastmilk directly onto the nipple and let it dry to reap the benefits.
If your nipples are sore, these are an absolute lifesaver. They’re super cheap, can be worn for multiple days (perfect when you’re trying to get a good latch), and are soooo soothing.
Up to 50% of all infants develop baby eczema in the first couple months. Breastmilk was found to be an equally effective treatment for eczema compared with hydrocortisone according to this study.
4. Insect Bites + Sunburns
Add some breastmilk to water to make a cloudy solution and mist over your bites or sunburns for soothing relief.
5. Breastmilk Bath
Another way to help your baby’s skin is to add leftover breastmilk to bathwater. Add just enough to make the water cloudy.
6. Cradle Cap
Add some breastmilk to water to make a cloudy solution and mist over your child’s problem areas on their head.
7. Fertilize Your Plants
Plants get most of their nutrition from soil. Milk (both breastmilk and cow or goat milk) contains beneficial minerals o if you add some to soil it may help your plants grow better.