I’m not like one of those moms who have plenty of breast milk supplies, but I have a friend who does. She had too much supply that she needed to donate it to me. (hooray!) However, when I got those breast milk from my friend in another city (yep, we actually live three hours apart from each other, and these supplies were shipped to me), we discovered that my little one is a picky eater. He doesn’t like anyone else’s breast milk besides his mom’s (I feel sweet but sad at the same time). Therefore, I have to somehow return bags of breast milk back to my friend in another format that will help keep the breast milk longer! (breast milk can be kept 3-4 days in the fridge, 3-6 months in the freezer), and that’s why here is this article – DIY breast milk without lye!
Not sure if you’ve done some research about making soap with lye, which can be dangerous because lye burns when mixed with breastmilk, so somehow to me it’s highly technical that I don’t want to try. As a person who wants to do things efficiently and easily, here’s an easy DIY recipe to make breast milk soap without mixing lye in on your own.*
You can purchase those melt and pour soap base from Amazon(I’ve listed what I bought down below, and they’re ORGANIC SOAP BASE, which makes me feel extra healthy!). The basic recipe is that you melt the soap (0.5lb) in a microwave at high the first 30 sec, and then 5-10 sec incremental until it’s all melted (careful not to have bubbles created when it gets too hot, the bubbles will not disappear and will make the soap look ugly). Once you’ve got it melted, mix in 1 cup of room temperature breast milk. Stir until it’s well mixed, and pour the liquid into any shape of containers that you wish to make your soap. (I’ve used empty plastic yogurt cups, but, if you want to get fancy, try these beautiful flower silicon containers). Put the cups/containers into your fridge and wait for a couple hours, and that’s it! You’ll have beautiful breast milk soaps that you can store and use.
(psst.. if you’re ever interested in knowing what baby food storage I use, check out my latest article here)
Now, if you want more variation, you can add in honey or oatmeal. Honey adds moisture and oatmeal make it look beautiful. Or, you can just purchase those pre-made organic soap base with honey or oatmeal, so you only need to melt the soap and add in the breast milk. In my pictures, I’ve had one soap added in coffee powder (for skin exfoliation), one soap added in white sugar and lavender (for skin exfoliation and smell), and others with oatmeal. I’ve also added in Vitamin E Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and some essential oil that I personally liked.
Here’s the organic melt and pour soap base I used: (you can see the finished breast milk soap I made in the pictures above)
*Note. I did my own research online by reading articles and this blog is my experience on making my breast milk soaps. I don’t have a chemistry background nor am a soapologist but just a mom who likes to share my experience with other moms.
Last but not least, I’ve started another section of this blog dedicated to baby food, so click here to read the first article – choosing baby food storage.