The easiest breastmilk popsicles for teething (or snack) using the perfect-sized mold for babies and young toddlers.
If you are wondering how to make breastmilk popsicles for your baby or have other questions about breastmilk popsicles, you have come to the right place. There are so many benefits of freezing breastmilk and offering breastmilk popsicles to your baby!
I’m sharing all of my tips and trips for making breastmilk popsicles (including my favorite mold) and looking at any questions you may have about breastmilk pops for babies and toddlers. Keep reading to find out more!
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What is the Best Mold for Breastmilk Popsicles?
We love the EZPZ Tiny Pops Mold (Use EZPZ25LOVE for 25% off $75+) for breastmilk popsicles! It’s the perfect size for infants and makes two 1/2 oz popsicle portions. This is our favorite mold for making baby popsicles and we use it almost every day! Some of our favorite features include:
- sensory bumps for oral awareness
- smaller 1/2 oz portion; the perfect size for baby’s mouth with no waste or mess because of melting too quickly
- silicone sleeve for easy removal and cleaning
- short, fat, handle that is easy for baby to grab and hold
- stand that fits well in the freezer and easily stands up
Benefits of Breastmilk Popsicles
Breastmilk popsicles are a great “treat” to give your baby. Most babies will love breastmilk pops and they are a great alternative to other snacks, popsicles, or sugary treat. Some benefits include:
- Great way to supplement additional breastmilk into your baby’s diet
- Can help relieve teething pain
- Easy way to use up extra breastmilk
- Help your baby stay cool in the warmer months
- Can help soothe sore throat
- A new texture and sensory experience for your baby
- Can help entertain your baby or pass time when they are fussy (i.e. when you are making dinner!)
Our favorite popsicle mold: EZPZ Tiny Pops
Can I use Formula Instead of Breastmilk to Make Popsicles?
Absolutely! I use the term breastmilk in this post for simplicity. You can mix formula according to the package instructions and make formula popsicles instead (or a combination of breastmilk and formula). The benefits listed above also apply to formula popsicles.
Are Breastmilk Pops Good for Teething?
Breastmilk popsicles are a great natural remedy for teething! When babies are teething, they often crave something to gnaw and chew on. The pressure can help relieve pain and also help the teeth to pop through their gums.
Breastmilk pops are a safe food item for babies to chew on and the cold can also help to relieve sore and swelling gums. The icy cold breastmilk can also temporarily numb their gums to give them some teething relieve.
When Can I Give My Baby Breastmilk Popsicles?
It is recommended to wait to give breastmilk popsicles until your baby starts solid food or around 6 months of age. At this age your baby will be have an easier time holding the breastmilk popsicle and can bring it to their mouth themselves.
We especially love the EZPZ Tiny Pops Mold for infants and find that it is the perfect size for babies down to 6 months or so! My baby was 7 months old when we first started giving her breastmilk pops and she loved them.
How Long Do Breastmilk Popsicles Last In the Freezer?
It is generally recommended to use breastmilk popsicles within 6 months of freezing. Once you see the benefits of giving your baby breastmilk pops they will likely use them much faster than this (my baby has been eating one every other day or so these days!).
How to Make Breastmilk Popsicles
Breastmilk popsicles are so simple to make! We love to make a batch every few days because they get eaten up quickly in our house (my toddler loves them and will eat one once in a while, too).
Option 1: simply pour fresh breastmilk or formula into your popsicle molds and freeze for 4+ hours.
Option 2: if your baby has been introduced to solids, combine breastmilk or formula with pureed fruits or veggies. Some of our favorites are mashed banana, pureed berries, or store bought baby food pouch purees. Freeze for 4+ hours.
Can I Use Previously Frozen Breastmilk to Make Breastmilk Popsicles?
It is recommended to use fresh milk to make breastmilk popsicles. Thawed milk should be used or discarded within 24 hours and never refrozen, even into breastmilk popsicles.
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