Friday, May 21, 2010

Breast Milk Popsicles

It is a cool 90 degrees here in Florida today, and with summer right around the corner, I was thinking about my baby's first summer, when he was about 7 months old. My son was highly distractible at that age and I would sometimes have trouble getting him to settle down and nurse. It was also ridiculously hot outside and he was teething for the first time. In my search for the perfect safe teether, I came across the idea of making your baby a breast milk popsicle!

Also known as "Momsicles," breast milk popsicles are a great soothing treat for teething babies. They make wonderful snacks on hot days and when your baby is sick or too into the world around him to nurse, they are a way to sneak in some extra calories. Everyone in your life pushing you to start your baby on solids? Breast milk popsicles are a great way to gauge your baby's interest in "real" food.

The best thing about them is they are easy to make. I got directions on how to make Momsicles online. All you need is a popsicle mold, which I was able to find at my local Dollar Tree and some expressed milk (and no, you don't have to make them as huge as they are in this photograph....that mama must have a lot of milk!)
If you don't have a lot of breast milk to spare, you can wash and sterilize a regular ice cube tray, fill some of the cubes up with milk and store it in the freezer in one of those thick, heavy duty freezer bags.

They are definitely a messy treat and yes, some of your breast milk will be "wasted" if you use it in this manner, but I did find that my son absolutely loved his breast milk popsicles. Have you ever made breast milk popsicles for your baby? Did he like them?

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