We all know the La Leche League approved slogan “Breast is Best” but did you know that human breast milk can be use in a variety of other ways, beneficial to not only your baby but for your whole family as well? I feel that there still exists a taboo around breast feeding but the more I learn about breast milk, the more I continue to be amazed by how wonderful the human body is. In short, although it’s first purpose is providing food for your baby, that is not it’s only use. In fact, there are so many uses for it, that it could probably replace quite a few lotions and potions you have up in your cupboard right now. As we all know, breast milk is full of immunity that can be passed on from mother to child but it also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties too. It’s not only the ideal food for your baby, but it is also ideal for healing wounds and clearing up irritations and infections. How cool is that??? You will be surprised at the variety of afflictions you can use breast milk on, I certainly was! After a bit of google searchin’ I found out that pparently, breastmilk (henceforth referred to as ‘BM’) can be used to heal:
- Sore cracked nipples or lips – Just (gently!) rub some BM on the affected area and let dry in the air.
- Nappy rash – Ditch the sudocream! If you’re breastfeeding, squirt some BM during a nappy change to prevent or cure a nasty rash.
- Acne – Dab a little on your problem areas and let dry.
- Ear infections – Squirt a little BM into the ear – this is said to help heal the infection AND provide pain relief.
- Insect bites/Chicken Pox – Rubbing a small amount on the bite can relieve itching and help with healing
- Cuts/scrapes/scratches or sun burn – BM can be used as a disinfectant – apply to open wound and let heal.
- Eye infections – Such as pink eye, conjunctivitis and plugged tear ducts. Just squirt a little on the affected area and let dry in the air.
- Stuffy or blocked nose – Use like you would a saline solution – squirt a few drops into your infants nose and then suction or squeeze out (a nasal aspirator is ideal for this!)
- Sore throat – BM can help ease a sore throat so you should continue to breastfeed your baby if he or she falls ill. It can also help adults – just gargle a little to fight of a froggy throat!
- Warts – Dab a little one for a few days until the wart dries up and falls off
- Cold sores/Fever blisters – Apply a cotton ball soaked in BM to the sore to relieve pain and help with the healing.
Breastmilk can be also used as-
- A preventive to breast cancer – Some research suggests that breastfeeding provides some protection against cancers in the breast.
- With contact lenses – BM is sterile and so can be used the same way you would use a solution for your dry contacts or to clean them.
- An immunity boost (in children or adults)
- A deodorant
- Make up remover
- And even, if you’re very keen… A sexual lubricant!
How crazy is that! Look at all those things you can do with something a woman’s body naturally produces! That is insane, if you ask me! I definitely will be trying some of these out. I’ve already tried on out on DF – he had a couple of bug bites and I squirted a little BM and it helped relieve the itching! AMAZING.
Now, I should add as an aside, while home/natural remedies are a great alternative for minor irritations, there are times where modern medicine as prescribed by a doctor is absolutely necessary. If you have a serious affliction please do not hesitate to see a doctor or health care professional! They will be able to assess you properly and advice you on the best course of action! This post is mostly an interest article of bits and pieces I gathered during a google search – and of course is not intended to be used as professional medical advice! I am not a doctor or nurse – I am simply a mother who is fascinated by all the things the human body can do.
Thanks for reading!