10 Breast Milk Foods: Yum or Yuck?

Strawberry Surprise Milkshake

You betcha there’s a surprise in this milkshake! If you dare, use your own milk for a shake — we suggest chilling it in advance. Mix 1 cup breast milk, 8 ounces frozen strawberries, 3 ounces orange juice concentrate, 1 cut up frozen banana, and 1 cup pineapple chunks in a blender until smooth. Serve, sip, and see what it’s like to drink human milk. You can also check out this video recipe for Rosie’s Breast Milk Smoothie.

Image © Simon Welsh

Mommy’s Milk Cheese

When we first told you about Daniel Angerer’s breast milk cheese, the New York City chef and dad was at the forefront of the breast milk cooking craze. He added cheese made from his wife’s breast milk to his menu, stirring up plenty of controversy and curiosity. Try his recipe and read our previous post to learn more about why he chose this possibly-too-close-for-comfort, locavore ingredient.

Breast Milk Chai Latte Cupcakes

With the cupcake craze still going strong it’s no surprise that many brave mommy bakers have dabbled with using their breast milk for quirky cupcake creations. Jasmine Marsh, a birth and postpartum doula, modified a vegan recipe to create her Breast Milk Chai Latte Cupcake recipe, which you can find on her blog Doula Right Thing. We also found a recipe for Vanilla Breast Milk Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting.

Lactation Lasagna

Abi Blake, the self-proclaimed “Nigella Lawson of breast milk cookery” has become a bit of a legend when it comes to cooking with human milk. In defense of her favorite ingredient, she says, “Although the idea of eating something made out of someone else’s breast milk may make some people’s stomachs turn, it is full of vitamins that can never be found in cow’s milk.” Okay. But lasagna, really? Blake sells her comfort food including lasagna, cheesecake, tarts and smoothies at festivals with much fanfare. She hasn’t revealed her personal recipes, but the strategy remains the same — when a recipe calls for milk or cheese, replace it with breast milk or breast milk cheese and wallah you have breast milk lasagna.

Image © Lori_NY

Breast Milk Butter

Who knew you could turn your own breast milk into butter? All you have to do is put an ounce or two of breast milk in a sterile jar, screw the lid on tightly and shake, shake, shake until you have butter.

Image © David Masters

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6 Responses to “10 Breast Milk Foods: Yum or Yuck?”

  1. andre says:

    Why is it strange to drink milk that is made by us, FOR US? I dont say that I want to start farming women for milk production or anything (maybe if it was pasturized and homogenized lol) but its not yuck.

    Funny Story…. I was at a friends place for a thanksgiving supper and after the meal was done the women went in to check on the new baby. Me and a few other guys wanted a cup of coffee and couldnt find cream anywhere so I reach over and grab the babies bottle thinking it was milk.

    Well when the women came out of the bedroom and saw I was having coffee, one immediately asked where I got the cream, when I said the bottle all the the women either were gasping or laughing there asses off. The new mom pulled out her breast pump.

    I took another sip and complimented her on her milk, and everyone had a chuckle.

  2. nutella14 says:

    Agreed, why is it odd to drink the milk that we create to sustain us, but perfectly fine to drink milk for baby cows? As long as there’s extra not being used, may as well serve it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The beautiful thing about breast milk is that it is far more compatible and safe for humans than cows milk. I think it’s genius to use it in cooking, especially if you have extra. I’m seriously considering it because I hate the idea of just dumping it down the drain.

  4. theresa says:

    My 7 month old daughter is allergic to cow’s milk so I am on a dairy free diet since I breastfeed her. The dairy-free diet has been really tough on me and I’ve had to get creative. Today, we made my mom’s traditional pumpkin pie with my “dairy free” breastmilk for Thanksgiving. It was great, it tasted just like her regular pie. Now, I didn’t tell anyone else what it was made of, I only said it was special b/c of my diet. Everyone else ate the regular pumpkin pie with milk. I’m thinking that I might make some breastmilk pancakes tomorrow 🙂

  5. ladyluna10 says:

    I thought heating and shaking deminishes the nutrients in our milk…? I’d love to try these!

  6. tooth_fairy75 says:

    I agree with the other comments…why should we shun HUMAN breast milk but embrace and consider healthy and nutrionally necessary to consume a cow’s, goat’s or sheep’s bodily fluid/secretions? Humans are the only mammals that do this. Every mammal makes milk that is perfectly designed by God, nature, whatever you believe, to nourish its young until it is mature enough to eat its species’ normal food. While dairy products may taste delicious they are not meant for us, consequently they are linked to many chronic diseases and health conditions in humans. I plan on making yogurt out of my breast milk for my son now that he is starting solids. And I’ll pump until I can’t anymore if my son feels the need to have milk products after he weans from breast feeding. While I believe all mammals wean off their mother’s milk eventually for a reason, I would rather he ingest human milk products than cow’s.

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