MOMSICLES - Frozen Breastmilk On A Stick
you heard of "Breastmilk Popsicles"? Lots of breastfeeding
moms call them "Momsicles". They are easy to make,
and most babies love them.
You can purchase a single Popsicle mold from the dollar store (the
ones at Target had a pretty long stick & handle, and it might
be hard for baby to handle), which holds 4 popsicles, for a
dollar. After washing and rinsing well, pour expressed breastmilk
into the mold and freeze. You can store these in the freezer above
the fridge and offer them daily, every other day, every few days,
or once a week.
If you find the regular popsicle molds to be
"too big" or "too much" you can try the following
to make Mini-Momsicles:
1) Freeze water about half way up on the popsicle mold, and
then once it's frozen use wax paper, or saran and "layer"
so you can break the water part off once the breastmilk is frozen.
Once you have the layer poked in you can then pour the breastmilk
and put the "stick" in & freeze.
2) Use the cap off of a Gerber bottle, and a pacifier. The
one shown here (below) is an Evenflo "Natural Comfort"
- which has no hard parts.
Fill the cap 2/3 or 3/4 of the way with ebm and stick the paci
in.. then freeze. To release the frozen "pop", run hot
water over cap for just a few seconds, the milk will "melt"
a tad and release. Be sure not to hold under the water very long
or the milk will melt too much
3) Freeze breastmilk in clean ice cube trays. Store the cubes
in a heavy-duty FREEZER bag. Place a "cube" in a Baby
Safe Feeder and let baby chew on it. Using the Baby Safe Feeder
keeps the "cube" from being too slippery for baby to handle.
Note that babies who have teeth may tear the net!
For babies who are are not quite old enough for solids, but are
showing interest in what's going on around them during meals, momsicles
are a great alternative to introducing solids too early. Teething
babies really enjoy "chewing" on these, and it is also
a healthy snack and a good way to get a little more breastmilk into
a baby who may not be nursing well due to teething, distractibilty,
or not feeling well.
Be aware there has been concern
about momsicles being a choking hazard. PLEASE note momsicles should
be made with breastmilk, and mothers should be aware of baby while
they enjoy the momsicle, to avoid risk of choking. I have not ever
had this happen, but it's always possible, so mothers please take
Also, momsicles "are" a little messy as they melt so you
may want to use a bib on baby and you may want to have a "splat
mat" on the floor if you have carpet in kitchen to catch the
Abby 7.5 months
Variations For Older Babies:
Once baby starts solids, you can use yogurt, blend
up some peaches, mixing with yogurt, breastmilk or just peaches
& a bit of water or peach juice (no sugar added, if using canned
peaches, use those in own syrup or light syrup, not in "heavy
syrup" which has too much sugar) and freeze in the larger molds,
or in the cubes and use a Baby
Safe Feeder. (Remember babies with teeth may tear the net of
the baby safe feeder) Any fruit or juice can be used to make a cold
but healthy treat for a teething baby, or one who isn't feeling
well and needs a bit of liquid/nourishment (great for sore throats!).
Adding breastmilk makes these frozen treats super nutritious!