Homemade Breastmilk Popsicles for Teething
- March 23, 2023
- Last Updated: May 22, 2023
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These breastmilk popsicles are great for teething and sore mouths, or even just getting more nutrients in your baby or toddler. They are super easy to make and great for hot days, too!
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Please note, this is for informational purposes only. I am a Registered Dietitian, not a healthcare provider. Please speak to your lactation consultant or doctor for specific questions and information pertaining to your situation.
Now that we’re about to enter the teething stage and feeding stage, I’m starting to think about baby led weaning again.
I’m still exclusively nursing, but Sawyer is definitely showing an interest in food, and starting to grab at what I eat.
If I’m not holding him, I put him in my favorite Ergo bouncer so he has a good view of everything.
I’ve had to pump quite a bit from two work trips this year – thank goodness for this wearable pump.
I have pumped on walks, on planes, etc. It makes things so easy! My favorite breastpump by far.
Sawyer loves to suck on his fingers, so I figured I’d offer up a breastmilk teething pop for him to try.
Breastmilk Popsicles for Teething
Before I introduce solids and do baby led weaning, I like to give baby some autonomy with something like breastmilk popsicles, which are great for teething, and practicing a different texture for swallowing.
Since Sawyer is only five months, he can’t completely hold it on his own yet. So, I like to hold it for him to suck on and lick.
Breastmilk popsicles are a great pre-introduction to solids. They allow some autonomy for baby to practice self-feeding before he is ready for full-on solids.
We will likely do a gradual introduction to solids anyway, like we’ve done in the past.
It’s a fun (and messy!) process, but with having two other littles ones to feed and clean up after as well, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.
And if you don’t have a splat mat, definitely invest in one. You can thank me later!
Benefits of Frozen Breastmilk Popsicles
Breastmilk is great for a baby, no matter how it’s served; fresh or frozen. Fortunately, I’ve had a lot of success with breastfeeding and milk production.
These are great if you(r):
- have high milk production or extra milk to use
- want to keep your baby (or kiddos) hydrated, especially in the hot summer months
- baby is sick – this is a natural immunity booster
- want to introduce new flavors and textures to baby
I rely highly on these lactation smoothies for breastfeeding and breastfeeding night snacks to keep my supply up.
Breastmilk is full of antibodies and immunoglobulins that benefit babies’ and toddlers’ health. Protection against infections has been well evidenced during lactation.
Breastfeeding helps protect against acute and prolonged diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections, including otitis media, urinary tract infection, neonatal septicemia, and necrotizing enterocolitis.
Therefore, serving these to your baby (or toddler!) when they’re sick can be a great form of hydration and an immunity booster!
And if you need hydration (since you’re nursing!), try these homemade electrolyte drinks for pregnancy and postpartum.
Even if you are not nursing anymore, you can still serve this delicious breastmilk popsicle recipe.
I wouldn’t keep them to serve past 6 months after you’ve made them (although the CDC does state that freezing breastmilk up to 12 months is acceptable).
You can also throw them in the bath for a milk bath or use them to apply on boo-boo’s and cuts.
How to Make Breastmilk Popsicles
Really, what you need for these breast milk popsicles for teething is a good popsicle mold. This is the one I have and I’ve found them to be easy to clean, and the perfect size for baby.
Some people also prefer a teetherpop or baby fruit feeder as well. You want it to be easy for baby to grip or hold.
I’ve heard great things about these popsicle molds too and they can make up to 6 and different shapes for different sized mouths.
I’ve tried other popsicle molds that have tasted like rubber or the silicone, so you may want to try a few.
You don’t even need a tutorial for how to make this breastmilk popsicle recipe because it can be as simple as pouring expressed breastmilk (or formula) into a popsicle mold.
You will then want to freeze for a minimum of 4-6 hours. I usually freeze for 24 hours and plan to use them the next day, and then any day after for teething.
Depending on the age of your baby, you may also want to add other ingredients or flavors to freeze as well.
They can make a great baby breakfast recipe when paired with something else, too!
Other Breastmilk Popsicle Addition Ideas
Here are some fun ideas for other breast milk popsicle additions:
- peanut butter
- mashed peas
- mashed or pureed beef
- fresh or frozen fruit
Breast Milk Teething Popsicles and Baby Led Weaning
These breastmilk popsicles are great for keeping baby entertained while you cook dinner. Just plop them in the highchair and give them a snack!
As my son advances, we will definitely be doing baby led weaning again, likely using these baby led weaning foods for 6 month olds.
I’ve loved this way of feeding with my other two kids, and looking forward to it this third time around.
I typically use a ton of sweetpotatoes for baby led weaning, so I’ll likely blend them into popsicles at some point too.
You can store these in the freezer for up to 6-12 months. According to the CDC, freshly pumped or expressed milk can be stored and used for up to 12 months. While using within 6 months is best, they state that up to 12 months is acceptable.
Just mash or puree your food of choice, or if serving to older babies, cut the fruit or food appropriately, and freeze it in the mold along with the breastmilk.
Yes! You can definitely make these with formula or whole milk. You would follow the same steps. Keep in mind that whole milk should not be served to babies under age 1 without doctor’s consent.
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