Breastmilk Pancakes

First, make sure you’ve had a good cuppa and little ones are fed. I always made these pancakes when the kids had woken up from their post-lunch nap so they weren’t too tired to enjoy it. I think there’s something age appropriate here for all little ones, from mashing banana in a high chair to toddlers “helping” spoon in the flour. The recipe is vegan and you could experiment with other egg replacers here if you like such as aquafaba. If you’re gluten free you can’t go too far wrong using coconut flour, super fine cornmeal (polenta) or perhaps buckwheat but . These breastmilk pancakes are naturally dairy, sugar, salt and soy free though and take very little time to prepare, cool and serve. My husband even eats them because he doesn’t know there’s usually breastmilk in my pancakes, or maybe he does and doesn’t care (more likely).

breastmilk pancakes in a stack with blueberries and raspberries and a little icing sugar
breastmilk pancakes in a stack with blueberries and raspberries and a little icing sugar

I used to make these all the time when I could still express but nowadays I only get a few ml. Bastian, who’s almost three now, still sounds like he gets a lot of milk when he nurses but I don’t think my milk ducts are used to being expressed. They always say a baby is a lot better at getting out milk than a pump, although luckily we knew lots of fantastic overproducers who donated milk to our babies.

Nothing but the Bast for baby - Bastian surrounded by donated breastmilk
Nothing but the Bast for baby – Bastian surrounded by donated breastmilk

If you’re struggling to express for your baby, breastmilk jewellery or a recipe like then then please be kind to yourself. The more you relax, the more you’ll make things difficult for yourself. If you’ve got an established supply and just want a little milk then you don’t need to buy a pump. Hand expressing is pretty easy when you get the knack of it and there are lots of videos on YouTube. I had one myself but it was pulled for being “adult themed” (don’t get me started, we lost our Instagram account and over 2000 followers for the same reason last year!). *trigger warning – cancer* Anyway, have some nice camomile tea, check your mammary tissue for lumps. It’s ALWAYS a good time to self examine whether you have chesties or testes and you can share those links right now with the people you love. Sorry to go off tangent, but so many of our amazing clients have been affected by cancer and this is a popular blog so I wanted to take advantage of your attention. But checking your breasts for lumps is a great way to stimulate the milk ducts before nursing or expressing and you’ll probably notice a big increase in production. I always did!

Here’s a good video on hand expressing but to us chronic low supply parents, this is a lot of milk but please don’t be discouraged. It’s not about ounces, it’s intent and sometimes it can be nice just to share a little of your milk with older children to share some of the love we give our little ones with our milk. You can get into a really bad cycle of spending too much money on galactagogues to increase your supply and I’ve been there myself, but looking back I wish I’d relaxed and spent the time with my babies, not worrying about how much milk I could pump.

If you already have a big stash then feel free to defrost some. Lots of people are directed to this blog looking for ways to “use up” a stash of milk and of course the best way to use milk is to feed it to your baby or donate it, but if you have some milk that you can’t donate for whatever reason then this is a great way to use up breastmilk. We’ve got a blog here called How To KonMari Breastmilk as well that shows you some other ways to use it up like soap and our jewellery.

charm quad breastmilk hair and amethyst, copper silver gold leaf boobie awards two keepsake charms with solid sterling silver Tree of Opals signature cores
charm quad breastmilk hair and amethyst, copper silver gold leaf boobie awards two keepsake charms with solid sterling silver Tree of Opals signature cores

So once you have expressed the milk you need for the recipe (you can top up with any plant based milks or whatever you have on your cereal) you’re ready to begin your pancakes.
breastmilk pancakes in a stack with blueberries and raspberries and a little icing sugar
ingredients
1/2 mashed banana (or an egg)
a good glug of coconut oil or vegetable oil
a few tbsp self raising or GF flour
about an ounce (30ml) breastmilk

Breastmilk Pancakes Recipe

method
Whisk the egg/banana and oil together then add the flour, a little at a time, whisking as you go. It will become a thick paste then add the milk a little at a time until it’s a medium thick batter, about the thickness of thick gravy.

Preheat a nonstick frying pan on medium high heat. You can add a little oil if you like but I find it works without if you have oil in the batter. Pour a little in the centre of the pan and quickly tilt it so the batter spreads all over.
pancake batter

When the edges start to go golden flip the pancake over. This only takes us about 30 seconds but it depends on the thickness of the pancake, the temperature etc. Cook until both sides are brown then dish up and allow to cool for little ones. Good toppings include the sweet like blueberries and raspberries, strawberries, homemade jam, chopped dark chocolate, and the savoury like chilli con carne, or a little pesto and diced tomatoes.

add something really good to the stack like blueberries and raspberries breastmilk pancakes
add something really good to the stack like blueberries and raspberries

*coconut oil is usually solid at room temperature in the UK so I warm it in the pan first but not too hot
breastmilk pancakes a recipe by Nikki Kamminga at Tree of Opals
breastmilk pancakes, a recipe by Nikki Kamminga at Tree of Opals

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