Can I freeze cereals prepared wit breastmilk ?

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Registered: 08-21-2011
Can I freeze cereals prepared wit breastmilk ?
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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 12:35am

Hi!

I just stared solid food for my 6 months old son.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 08-21-2011 - 2:51pm
You actually can't refreeze milk so that idea probably won't work. I don't see a problem with making a milk/cereal combination and then freezing it. I'm wondering though if that's even necessary. Have you tried hand expression if you're just needing a bit of milk for cereal? What I actually did (bc I was too lazy to pump) was introduce fruits and veggies first, then stirred a bit of the fruit or veggie puree into the cereal rather than bothering with pumping breastmilk.

Many moms here also choose to skip baby cereals and go straight to fruits and veggies.
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 8:57am

Something I did if I wanted a bit of milk to mix with cereal or vegetables like potato was to simply hand express a little bit of milk into the baby's food. I did not use a pump to get the milk to mix with foods at all, as you do not need a real lot of milk each time baby eats that typoe of thing. Hand expressing was not very easy for me to get enough for a bottle to leave, but for small amounts like this, it was a quick enough way to get it.

I would think though if you were planning to pump lots and use it later for cereals, that it would be better to just freeze very small amounts, say an ice cube size of milk, and thaw it when you need to use the cereal. I tended to find that cereal mixed with breast milk tended to go a bit mushy if not used fairly quickly, and therefore I do not think it would freeze or thaw as well as small quantities of milk.

Having said that, the idea of using foods other than cereal as baby food is also a good one. There is no need to start with cereal or ever use specific baby cereals at all. Lots of other everyday foods are very nutritious for babies and easy to digest, good foods to start with. eg fruits such as banana, avocado and so on. I even cooked apple (stewed n a small amount of water.) Then later, vegetables (sweet potato, potato, pumpkin and lots of others) cooked until they are soft.