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Making my own Breast Milk Yogurt

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DishDelish Aug 8, 2009 06:48 PM

So I have enjoyed reading about making homemade yogurt in some of the other posts, and would like to make my own. I am also nursing my 6 month old son right now and thought maybe I could feed him the yogurt if I make some with my own milk. I googled this topic and came up with an abundance of ways to cook with breast milk including a recipe for yogurt breast milk. What do you all think about this recipe? Have any of you mothers out there ever done this?

http://www.recipezaar.com/Breastmilk-...

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    Querencia Aug 8, 2009 07:59 PM

    Google "breast milk yogurt". Recipes are given.

    1. Phurstluv Aug 9, 2009 04:36 PM

      Doesn't the heat kill off most of the "good things" that are in the milk that make it worthwhile to begin with??

      I really don't know, and don't want to go there, frankly. But good luck with that, I'm sure you can find something if there's someone out there who has already done it and documented it.

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        DishDelish Aug 10, 2009 02:03 PM

        Thanks for that tip. =) I am still considering the possibility of making it. I just thought since he can't have real milk it might be a good baby food since you can add BMilk to any other homemade baby food.

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          Jitterbug Aug 10, 2009 05:36 PM

          I forget if you said your child was allergic to milk .. I remember that there were other allergies in the family. Anyway, my pediatrician said that whole milk yogurt doesn't "count" as dairy (?) for the purposes of baby food avoidances because of the lower levels of lactose. Just fyi, and of course I think breastmilk yogurt would be better and more natural than cow milk yogurt anyway.

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            Phurstluv Aug 10, 2009 06:04 PM

            Lactose intolerant people can eat yogurt, usually without consequence, bc of the live active cultures in it.

            I don't get what you mean by "more natural". I would think you would want to introduce your baby to cow's milk sooner or later, being it is the most widely available.

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              DishDelish Aug 10, 2009 06:41 PM

              My eldest daughter is allergic to cows milk, my hubby is lactose intolerant, and I used to be allergic to dairy products (not anymore) so i just want to be careful. I will be introducing him to whole fat milk though, but not until he is 1 yr which is what his Pediatrician recommended to me.

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                Foodie in Friedberg Aug 11, 2009 08:10 AM

                Among pediatricians there is a school of thought that by witholding foods for too long (usually out of fear for causing allergies) we're making the kids allergic. Talk about making already tough parenting even harder... which theory do I take a chance with?!

                My son was breastfed; I consumed cows milk and he never exhibited a sensitvity, so we felt okay starting him on yogurt (and some ice cream!!) before his first birthday.

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                  DishDelish Aug 11, 2009 02:21 PM

                  Well, there was no fear in the way my parents,and my hubbys parents gave us our food, and we both had milk problems so I prefer to wait until 1. He will be getting he "perfectly" nutritious breast milk meal on top of other good foods. I waited until 1 year to introduce dairy for my 2 year old and she is doing very well now.

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                    Foodie in Friedberg Aug 12, 2009 08:12 AM

                    My husband had sensitivity to milk as a child, but nothing major or lifelong, so we were coming at the milk thing from a different perspective than y'all. I can relate, though... I am allergic to pecans and walnuts, and despite the recomendation of my son's pediatrician as well as my husband (who also happens to be a pediatrician), I'm too scared to give my 13-month-old son peanuts. But I worry that I'm doing him more harm than good, based on the theory that by witholding it you can cause sensitivity. Honestly, this peanut decision has been the hardest part of parenting so far.

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                      Foodie in Friedberg Aug 12, 2009 12:37 PM

                      To introduce peanuts or have the parenting issues become more difficult... or both?? :)

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                        Phurstluv Aug 12, 2009 01:33 PM

                        the parenting issues.

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                        DishDelish Aug 12, 2009 02:32 PM

                        My 6 year old has such bad allergies to nuts that I tend to be extra careful around her. We usually eat it when she is at school, and clean up very well after. I don't think waiting will do any harm. =)

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                    Phurstluv Aug 11, 2009 09:14 AM

                    As always, follow your pediatrician's recommendations.

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                    Jitterbug Aug 10, 2009 06:46 PM

                    Well, I personally bought cow milk yogurt for my child, but I admire the OP for making her own yogurt. Because if you handle it carefully, it would be so "pure" and unprocessed - talk about a local source! And breast milk is made for baby humans as opposed to cow's milk which is made for baby cows. I think introducing cow's milk is perfectly fine, but at that age it would still be second best - no reason to rush the switch.

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              normalheightsfoodie Aug 10, 2009 02:49 PM

              Doesn't making yogurt out of brest milk like guilding the lilly. How much free time and supply can you have on your hands to pump and then cook it and still have milk left the the little critter.

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                DishDelish Aug 10, 2009 02:56 PM

                It is more for the leftover milk that I have frozen and won't use. Plus with adding other foods to his diet now he isn't going to be nursing as much. I wouldn't dream of withholding from him though. Whenever he wants to nurse he gets to nurse.

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                milklady Aug 10, 2009 02:52 PM

                I'm sure there are recipes on mothering.com

                But, many parents and doctors believe that 6 months of age is a reasonable time to introduced cultured cow milk, such as whole milk yogurt (plain or lightly sweetened). That's when both my kids started yogurt.

                I can not imagine having enough stored breast milk to make yogurt out of it!

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                  DishDelish Aug 10, 2009 03:01 PM

                  How much milk do you think I would need?

                2. sgogo Aug 10, 2009 05:20 PM

                  Just wanted to say that I think that sounds like a really cool idea. Good luck to you!!

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                    Jitterbug Aug 10, 2009 05:43 PM

                    Good for you for breastfeeding and making a natural yogurt. You are sure to raise a little chowhounder. :)

                    I've never made it myself, but I've heard through the grapevine that it works better to use fresh milk. And I think that if you add the cultures to the freshly pumped milk, you don't even have to do the heating thing, just put it in a slightly warmed oven. Maybe use some fresh pumped milk to make yogurt, but then use some of your frozen to replace that feeding of milk.

                    Good luck! My second baby is now 2.5 months old, so I'll be interested to hear how it turns out - I might try it too in a few months.

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                      DishDelish Aug 10, 2009 06:45 PM

                      Thanks! I really appreciate your help. =) That is a good idea to feed him the stored milk and use the fresh for yogurt. I really hope he is going to be a chow hound! So far he is showing a much greater interest in food then his 2 sisters so I want to encourage it. =) By the way, I also found that you can make Breastmilk butter. A very good idea I thought because my 2 yr. old loves butter a little to much so I thought I could make it for her, and my son eventually. All you do is just shake a container of expressed milk until you have butter.

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                        DishDelish Aug 10, 2009 07:08 PM

                        I have been doing some more research on yogurt making and found some interesting information about how complicated it can be so I want to research a bit more before I try it.

                        http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=404681

                        also the very last post on this thread makes me think it will be very difficult:

                        http://forums.naturalparenting.com.au...

                      2. alkapal Aug 11, 2009 03:38 AM

                        dish, let me get this straight, you want to pump your breast milk only to turn around and make it into yogurt and then spoon feed it to your baby? huh? i can't see why you want to go through all that. plus, why possibly degrade the perfect nutrition of breast milk by heating it (to make yogurt, right?).

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                          DishDelish Aug 11, 2009 03:59 AM

                          Well, originally I was thinking of using it for frozen milk that would be wasted, then I found some info that fresh may be better, but I also found some info. on how hard it can be to make it fool-proof so now I think I am leaning towards the possibility of not making it. Maybe I will just use the leftovers that would go to spoil for adding liquid to blended veggies instead, and maybe go with the butter thing I mentioned above when he is eating finger foods.

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                            chowser Aug 11, 2009 07:06 AM

                            That was my thought, too--why process something when it's unnecessary? Heating it kills some of the nutrients.

                            DishDelish, I used it to thin everything from veggies to rice cereal for baby food. I found these recipes for breastmilk, some odd like breastmilk soap or breastmilk bread starter (say that three times fast) but some like smoothies (just use it frozen even) or look perfect for your baby.

                            http://www.landmilkhoney.com/recipanr...

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                            fern Aug 11, 2009 06:42 AM

                            You sound like a wonderful mom, and what could be more 'houndish than exploring interesting ways to produce good foods? Being well beyond those years (but remembering them fondly!) I can't offer ideas and admit that I probably never even thought of using breast milk in any way other than the obvious. I think it's a great idea to use what you have frozen in other cooking for baby. If you had containers of cow's milk in the freezer you'd find a way to use them, right?
                            Good for you for working on this!

                            As someone recently said to me, "Using what you have. It's the new black." :)

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                              alkapal Aug 11, 2009 07:52 AM

                              hey dish, you could cross off milk from your list of "15 ingredients" to make way for something else! ;-).

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                                DishDelish Aug 11, 2009 02:24 PM

                                LOL, I was thinking that when I wrote it, but didn't want to freak people out. hehe. ;~D

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                                DishDelish Aug 13, 2009 04:03 AM

                                Thanks for your support fern! ;)

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                                jsaimd Aug 11, 2009 09:10 AM

                                Never done so, but i also have a bunch of milk in the freezer...got me thinking...

                                First, we make our own yogurt all the time, and I am sure it would work just fine. i just would try to use fresh and not bring it to 180.

                                However, when my oldest was a baby he was allergic to cow's milk protein, which meant I couldn't eat cow's milk. My husband was tiring of vegan ice cream and suggested we make ice cream out of the extra breast milk as a joke. We never did so, but I might make a batch for my baby just to do it : ).

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                                  DishDelish Aug 11, 2009 02:27 PM

                                  In my research I saw that others have made breast milk ice cream with no complications. Wouldn't that make an interesting 1st b-day cake topper! ;)

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                                  ddelicious Aug 11, 2009 12:22 PM

                                  That is a very interesting idea! I used to add breast milk to the baby cereal just to make it more appealing, but never thought of making yogurt or anything else with it. I have no idea how to make any type of yogurt but I guess my only concern would be not keeping it for any longer than you would plain breast milk because there won't be any preservatives(obviously).

                                  As an alternative, you can buy goat or sheeps milk yogurt, I don't know if that would be less allergenic than cows milk. At any rate, good for you!

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                                    DishDelish Aug 11, 2009 02:31 PM

                                    Well, I know that when I had my milk allergy, my Mom bought me goats milk once to see if I could handle it and I had a worse reaction to it then cow's milk. But thank God I can now have milk today! ;)

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                                    Main Line Tracey Aug 13, 2009 06:19 AM

                                    The idea of making yogurt or butter with breast milk is great. We have some Korean visitors staying with us and they said that it is generally understood that children wait until after 1 year old to have cow's milk. Making the products that are normally made from cow's milk, from breast milk, would alleviate any concern about allergies. Granted, it could kill some of the good components of the breast milk, but it's still better than the alternative of using cow's milk. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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