The Breastmilksicle: summer's coolest and most nutritious treat!

Parents, it’s getting hot out there. Some of the more frequent questions I get over the hot summer months are:

“Should I be giving my baby water?” and

“How can I help Baby stay cool and hydrated?”

When it comes to the breastfed baby, there is no need to worry too much about water. Breast milk has got you covered! It has all the hydrating, nourishing, and body regulating components needed to keep your baby safe and well hydrated.

This is such a super easy trick, and a hit with the littles. 

You can purchase a popsicle making kit at most grocery stores, hardware stores, or dollar stores.  A small cup and a baby spoon will do as well. When using full size popsicle makers, remember to keep each one small (so not the full size) as they melt quickly - sometimes before babe can get all the way through that delicious frozen treat.

Steps to Making a Breastmilksicle:

Step 1: Pour expressed breast milk into the designated container

Step 2: Add the handle (spoon, popsicle stick, plastic handle)*

Step 3: freeze! And Enjoy

You can also freeze the milk into an ice cube tray, and place one cube into a mesh teether. *

So simple, so quick, and so cooling!

Have a wonderful, safe summer!

~Rebecca

 

*As always when looking at products to use to feed your baby keep safety in mind, and be close when they are eating.

Rebecca Robertson, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Doula, Childbirth Educator

I am a birth advocate, a breastfeeding educator, and especially an advocate for mothers and the choices they make. As a doula my main role is to support mothers and partners to ensure a satisfying and positive birth experience. I am trained in providing emotional and spiritual support, as well as physical comfort during labor. I completed a DONA training course in 2009 and it sparked my love for supporting laboring women. Since then I have been inspired to continue my learning to provide the best support I can with additional studies in lactation and natural medicine. Some of the things in my tool kit include massage, acupressure, and items to help with visualization and relaxation.  I am trained in different stretches and birthing positions to improve pain tolerance and pushing efficacy, as well I give lots of encouragement! In 2012 I enrolled in a Lactation Medicine Program at the Centre for Breastfeeding Education. There I was instilled with this goal "To enable the mother to manage her own breastfeeding experience, so she will be empowered to achieve her own breastfeeding goals." I accumulated over 90 hours in lactation specific education, as well as hours in observation at their breastfeeding clinic. Since that time I have been supporting new moms as they transition to motherhood and begin the breastfeeding relationship. During my time studying Naturopathic medicine, I was fortunate to expand on my knowledge on lactation medicine as well as how naturopathic medicine can play a role in the perinatal care of women and their new babes. I am passionate about my job, and I bring lots of enthusiasm and love for what I do.