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The “D-Cup-licious” Secret Ingredient

Have you ever considered eating local at your own breast-aurant?

If it seems somehow “wrong” or “icky,” consider other foods you might consume without question… like commercial cow’s milk. Do you think it’s weird for adults to drink breast milk? If you enjoy dairy in your morning coffee or breakfast cereal, that’s exactly what you’ve been doing! Cow milk comes from the breasts of cows (udders) and is produced by their bodies for their calf babies. But for dairy factory cows, their breast milk is sent to grocers for sale by the gallon, or to use in other dairy products like cheese and ice cream, or in coffees and breakfast cereals.

And if it’s perfectly safe for a baby to drink human breast milk, it’s perfectly safe for any other person to drink it. Let’s use that big thinking organ inside our heads, people. That thing that provides us with common sense.

Keep this in mind: breast milk is a FOOD. It is NOT a bodily waste product like urine or sweat or spit or…well, you get the point. I repeat… breast milk is a food. It’s the best food for infants. And it doesn’t stop being a food when it’s consumer is of a certain age beyond infancy.

Milk and cereal. Not so weird. The hairdos though… a little weird! Photo Credit: David Lachapelle

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A reliable source of mine says it tastes “very sweet, a bit nutty, like candy–just like a melted Payday bar minus the salt.”

Breast milk is usually sweet-tasting, even more so than fruit. Many people say it tastes like warm cow’s milk except sugary, almost too sugary (no wonder kids are obsessed!), and more like skim milk due to the low fat content. Sometimes milk that has been previously expressed will develop a soapy, almost metallic aftertaste due to the lipase enzymes.

“Melted ice cream” is a popular descriptor. When asked what they think breast milk tastes like, children have said “apple honey,” grapes, popsicles, strawberries and cream, “rainbows and butterflies”… and, interestingly, kids often say that one side tastes different than the other.

Roger Ziegler, a little famous for this story, wrote that his wife’s breast milk tastes “[s]lightly sweet and a little nutty, like warm cinnamon toast. This is good. Real good.”

Dionna (from Code Name: Mama) did a little taste-tester sleuthing and reported that mama’s milk tastes:

“liquid hot sweet. No specific taste, really, to me. Both [of my kids] agree that one side is fruity and the other is like a confection. I’ve been informed they taste like, banana, coconut, peaches, chocolate and probably some other stuff I can’t remember.” – Dionna’s friend Heather

“like grass (salad for lunch) and a little sweeter. It’s not sugary sweetness though. It’s more like it evokes the smell of something sweet and foodie all at once. Cause who wants sweet salad?” – Mammapie

However, also keep in mind that the flavor of breast milk changes depending on the mother’s diet. This is great for a nursling because he may be more accepting of various flavors than a baby who’s acclimated only to the static taste of formula. In fact, babies have been found to nurse better after their mothers consumed garlic! (Then they were heard babbling, “I vant your meeeelk!”).

That said, the changing flavor shouldn’t affect the flavor of any of the following recipes.

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Some renowned chefs have made or promoted gourmet concoctions with breast milk… Swiss chef Hans Locher, New York chef Daniel Angerer, Abi Blake (the self-professed “Nigella Lawson of breast milk cookery”)…even PETA is on board with human breast milk’s whole “save the animals” aspect of nourishment (okay, they were kidding, but still). The London ice cream shop Icecreamists even offered a human breast milk-based product called “Baby Gaga” for about $22.50 per serving, and of course the first batch sold out within days.

Have You Donated Yet?

These recipes are intended for EXCESS breast milk that otherwise cannot be donated. If you have a usable amount of milk that your own baby does not need, please attempt to DONATE IT to a needy baby before adding it to your latte. Read about milk donation in the “Donor Milk” section. I implore you, attempt to donate any surplus human breast milk to make sure it has a chance to go to its intended recipients — babies. If donation isn’t an option (if you’re too far postpartum, taking contraindicated medications, have stored milk past the acceptance date for donation, etc), then go ahead… get creative in your own kitchen!

After it sold out of its first batch of breast milk ice cream, The Icecreamists store posted a sign promising customers that more

Photo Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

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Recipes for Kids & Adults


Breast Milk Bread Starter – Simply replace water with breast milk in your favorite bread starter recipe.

Mashed Sweet Potato – Bake a sweet potato, allow to cool enough to handle, then add a bit of breast milk and mash it up.

Guacamole – Mash up an avocado with breast milk. Stir in your favorite guac spices and veggie additions, if you like.

Coffee Creamer – Separate the cream from breast milk; add preferred amount to cuppa joe.

Breast Milk Butter – Get an ounce or two of breast milk in a cup or bottle, screw the lid on securely, then shake vigorously for several minutes until it turns into a solid butter.

Breast Milk is… Well, Just Milk – Did you know that you can substitute human breast milk for just about anything that calls for cow, rice, or nut milks? Whenever a recipe calls for cow’s milk or cream, it’s totally possible to use human breast milk instead of bovine milk (or milks of goat, rice, nut, etc). Get creative! Express a few ounces for oatmeal, breakfast cereal, mac ‘n cheese, an egg bake, cheesecake, all kinds of fruit smoothies… Squirt a bit (or a lot) in hot chocolate or a White Russian (because you’re a Nursaholic, remember?) for some extra sweetness and nutrition.

Breast milk butter. Photo Credit: David Masters

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Cottage Cheese

by Janet Hoover, IBCLC

  • 16 cups breast milk
    1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
    1 cup buttermilk
    Salt, to taste

Click here for the directions.

Mommy’s Milk Cheese

by New York chef Daniel Angerer

  • 2 cups mother’s milk
    2 cups milk (just about any animal milk will work)
    1½-teaspoon yogurt (must be active cultured yogurt)
    1/8-tablet rennet (buy from supermarket, usually located in pudding section)
    1 teaspoon sea salt such as Baline

Click here for the directions.

CHEESE mothers milk, pumpkin seeds

Mother’s Milk cheese with pumpkin seeds, via

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French Toast Strata with Caramel Sauce

by Shari

  • 10 slices whole-wheat bread
    1 1/2 cups breast milk
    2 large eggs plus 4 large egg whites, or 1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
    1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Caramel sauce

Click here for the directions.

French Toast Strata with Caramel Sauce. Photo Credit: jamieanne

Breast Milk Pancakes (Whole Wheat & Banana)

by Marni at Love and Duck Fat

  • 1 cup breast milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or melted butter
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • Butter for greasing the griddle
  • Cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, oats, chia seeds, almond butter, raisins
Banana substitutions:
  • Mashed sweet potato, apple sauce, pureed mango

Click here for the directions.

Breast milk pancake recipe | Whole wheat and banana

Breast milk pancakes. Via Love and Duck Fat.

Breast Milk Risotto

Inspired by Dr. Wendy Walsh

Read this doctor-wannabe-chef’s funny story about the surprise ingredient in her featured dinner party entree.

Risotto. Photo Credit: avlxyz

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Vanilla Breast Milk Cupcakes with Strawberry [Boobycream] Frosting

by Shani

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breast milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Strawberry “Boobycream” Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 strawberries, hulled and chopped up
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/8 cup breast milk
  • 1/8 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Boobycream.  Photo Credit: honeyandjamphotos

Click here for the directions.

Breast Milk Frosting (First Birthday cake alternative)

by Helena Teeter

  • 1/4 cup(s) organic unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoon(s) breast milk
  • 2 cup(s) powdered sugar or 2 cups arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon(s) organic vanilla extract

Click here for the directions.

Breast Milk Chai Latte Cupcakes

adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

  • 1 cup breast milk
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup soy yogurt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of ground pepper

Click here for the directions. Don’t forget to substitute almond milk for breast milk!


Breast Milk Chai Latte cupcakes. Photo Credit: Simon Welsh

Breast Milk Sherbet

by mstrapp

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups breast milk
  • 1/4 agave nectar (you can use light corn syrup if you like)
  • 3 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Click here for the directions.

Breast Milk Ice Cream

by Megan Lee

  • 4 C breast milk
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/3 C crushed Jordan almonds

Click here for the directions.

Homemade Breast Milk Ice Cream

Breast Milk Ice Cream. Photo Credit: Megan Lee

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Caribbean Milk Cooler

by Shani

  • 2 cups breast milk
    2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon coconut extract
    2 tablespoons sugar
    Ice cubes
    Mint sprigs (optional)

Click here for the directions.

Breast Milk Coffee Chai Latte

by What Calico Did Next

  • 4 cups of breast milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant or freeze-dried coffee
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, 6 cardamom pods (available in spice section at most supermarkets)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of grated nutmeg and 4 cinnamon sticks

Click here for the directions.

Sparkling Peaches & Cream

by Shani

  • 2 1/4 cups breast milk
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 16-ounce package frozen unsweetened peach slices
    1 12-ounce can lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled

Click here for the directions.

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Recipes for Babies


Make sure to keep your recipes age-appropriate; i.e., no adding whole fruits, fruit juices, flavorings, etc. unless the baby has already started solids. Remember, mama’s milk (with no solid food/flavor chaser) is all your baby should consume for the about the first six months.


by Mother-2-Mother

Click here for the directions.


Breast milk popsicles via

Breast milk pacifier via

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“Your” Yogurt

Breast milk yogurt. Photo Credit: orgmonkey

Other Ideas:

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Recipes for Nursing Moms


*Read this before consuming any galactogogues. If you want to create your own recipe, try to incorporate Brewer’s yeast, oats, and flax seed for a safe, healthy booby boost.

Lactation Cookie Recipes

(Thanks & credit to Hiccups and Sunshine!)

Chocolate Chip Almond Lactation cookies

Lactation Bar Recipes

Lactation Granola Bars, via

Lactation Smoothie Recipes

(Thanks & credit to Hiccups and Sunshine!)

green monkey lactation smoothie | bloom & nourish

Green Monkey Lactation Smoothie. Photo Credit: Ashley Couse, Bloom & Nourish

Vegan Banana Blueberry Lactation Muffins

by CanCan, adapted from Knocked Up – Knocked Over

  • 3 c. oats (1 c. blended into oat flour)
    3 c. flour (can be gluten-free, whole wheat or unbleached all purpose- I used a mix of all three)
    1/3 c. flax seed meal
    1/3 c. brewer’s yeast/nutritional yeast
    1 1/2 t. baking soda
    3 t. baking powder
    1 t. salt
    1 T. cinnamon
    1 banana, mashed
    2 c. applesauce
    3/4 c. oil (olive or coconut melted is best, I used canola)
    3/4 c. maple syrup, agave or honey (to taste)
    2 t. vanilla
    2 c. coconut milk + 1 T. vinegar (or any alt milk)
    1-2 c. blueberries (tossed with a bit of the flour to help them not sink to the bottom of the muffins)

Click here for the directions.

Lactation Muffins; via

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Using Breast Milk Outside the Kitchen


Instead of this…

  • Cucumber for puffy eyes…
  • Make-up remover to clear away make-up…
  • Chapstick for dry lips…
  • Contact solution for contact lenses…
  • KY Jelly as sexual lubricant…

…try a bit of breast milk for the same (or better) effect!

Cleopatra knew the cosmetic benefits of bathing in milk; via

Breast Milk Lotion

by Danielle Gauss, IBCLC, ICCE

  • 3 ounces of breastmilk
  • 3 ounces oil (grapeseed oil for sensitive skin)
  • 1 tablespoon of beeswax
  • a few drops of Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: add essential oils for therapy/scent

Click here for the directions.

Breast Milk Soap

by Janet Hoover, IBCLC

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lye (NaOH)
1.5 cups vegetal oil
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1 cup breastmilk

Click here for the directions.

Breast milk soaps, via

Mothers Milk Soap Recipe

by Casey Makela

  • 3 lbs. vegetable shortening
    17 ounces dark olive oil
    18 ounces Safflower oil
    6 cups thawed breast milk
    (you can use any amount of breast milk you like and substitute the rest,
    just make sure your total fluid volume reaches 6 cups).

    12 ounces pure sodium hydroxide (lye – Red Devil brand works)
    1 ounce Borax
    2 Tb honey
    1 ounce Essential oil – optional
    Ice Cubes

Click here for the directions.

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To treat this, try breast milk:

  • Baby acne
  • Bites/stings
  • Burns
  • Chicken pox
  • Clogged tear ducts
  • Cold/flu
  • Cold sores/fever blisters
  • Congestion
  • Conjunctivitis/styes
  • Cough
  • Cradle cap
  • Cuts/scrapes
  • Diaper rash
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Fever
  • Immune booster
  • Infected wounds
  • Poison ivy/sumac/oak
  • Rash/contact dermatitis
  • Scar healing (c-section scars, too!)
  • Sleep aid
  • Sore nipples
  • Sore throat
  • Sunburn
  • Warts
health benefits of Breastfeeding

Glowing skin – benefit of topical breast milk, via

Acne Zapper

Finally, a perfect prescription for pimples! Use breast milk and coconut oil on a cotton ball an apply to affected areas of the face.

Neti Pot

For older kids and adults, breast milk in a neti pot can ease nasal congestion. You can also try using it like a saline spray if you have an empty, clean nasal spray bottle.

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