There is nothing more nourishing and satisfying to an infant and toddler than that magic mama juice! And there are few things as satisfying, as bond forming, and as beautiful for mama as nursing her bundle of joy. Is there anything more lovely than watching tiny lips latching on to your nipple, looking up at you with those big blue eyes that are full of love and admiration for you, and sucking that goodness right out of you?
One chilly afternoon, I sat in my rocking chair, all snuggled under my newly knitted organic yarn blanket. I picked up Belinda and held her to my waiting breast. She suckled for a moment, and then stopped, seemingly unimpressed.
Was my baby ill? Did my milk taste bad to her? Did I do something wrong?
Suddenly, it dawned on me. One week I made chicken for dinner for 5 of those days. I was so sick of chicken that just uttering the word “chicken” made me feel murderous. Was that how Belinda felt? Was she growing bored with my breast milk? It makes so much sense!
Despite Belinda being 48 months old, I wasn’t quite ready to wean her yet. Breast milk has so many physical and mental health benefits! Breastfed babies tend to have better immune systems, less allergies, higher IQs, more joint flexibility, and learn foreign languages with more ease than formula babies. Why not let those benefits feed my babies mind and body for as long as possible?
With Belinda starting to wean herself and starting to want to sleep in her own bed, and Thomas entering his sophomore year, getting my children to accept my breast milk has been becoming difficult. That’s why I have decided to start a project called “Healthy Sweet Treats from the Teat”! These are creative (and delicious!) recipes that incorporate your breast milk right into the ingredients! I will compile recipes that are appropriate for different age groups, from toddler to adult. This recipe has proven to be a hit with everyone, young and old (including my hubby and his coworker, Todd)! Gluten-free breast milk ice cream! And yes, it is as amazing as it sounds!
First and foremost, you will need to abstain from consuming anything contain gluten for at least six weeks prior to making this recipe. However, think about the flavor you want the ice cream to have. Love bananas? Eat a bunch! Your ice cream will have a delicious, subtle flavor of any foods you eat an abundance of. Without further ado, here is my recipe for gluten-free breast milk ice cream!
*2 cups heavy cream
2 cups breast milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream machine. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After the ice cream is made, transfer to an airtight container. Cover tightly and freeze until ready to serve. Dish, and top with your favorite sundae toppings and enjoy!
*recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse