The benefits of breast milk are just beginning to be discovered. Experts know that the stuff is incredible for your baby's growing body, protecting them from illness, and helping them developmentally. It also has numerous benefits for nursing moms, from quicker-shrinking uteruses, to increasing their bonds with baby, to heightened metabolisms. But what are the uses beyond that? If you have an oversupply of milk, you might be wondering what do I do with all my extra breast milk?
It turns out that there are a plethora of uses for the aptly named liquid gold. You can use your milk around the house, save it for later, help others with it, and even turn your excess breast milk into a side hustle. It has me asking if there's anything breast milk can't do?
As long as your baby is getting enough for themselves, it can be fun to experiment with alternative uses for breast milk beyond ingesting it. (Or if you're thinking of donating your milk, that's a wonderful option as well.) And shockingly (or not shockingly depending on your expectations,) there are a lot of alternative uses for your breast milk that you might not have been aware of. So next time you contemplate pumping and dumping, take a look at this list of ways to use your excess milk, and think again.