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December 21st, 2015

Creative Uses of Breast Milk

Breast milk is liquid gold to moms, and for good reason! In addition to breast milk being the ideal source of nutrition for your baby, it also contains natural anti-bodies, anti-infective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. The numerous benefits of breast milk to mom and baby are well known but some moms are unaware of the many other creative uses.

If you are fortunate enough to be producing more milk than you can use, consider donating your surplus milk.  Donating your milk is one of the most powerful ways you can help another family. You can donate your breast milk through a milk bank. Currently there are 11 milk banks in the U.S. and Canada. They are run by the Human Milk Bank Association of North America (HMBANA).

HMBANA promotes the health of mothers and babies through the provisions of safe and tested pasteurized donor breast milk and breastfeeding support. Premature infants hospitalized in the NICU make up the largest percentage of donated milk recipients. Other recipients include newborns who have a gastrointestinal problem, a congenital defect that interferes with successful nursing, babies who have been adopted, and babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed. Click here to locate a milk bank near you.

Breast milk has long been used as a home remedy to treat many minor ailments. A home remedy is defined as a simply prepared medication or tonic often of unproven effectiveness administered without prescription or professional supervision. With that in mind, first consult your doctor before using breast milk to treat any ailment.

The following are known breast milk home remedies:

Eye Infections/Ear Infections– A few drops of mom’s milk in the infected ear or eye can relieve pain and begin healing the infection.

Minor Cuts and Burns– Gently rub breast milk on cuts, burns, and wounds to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.

Immune Booster– Drinking breast milk can provide a boost to your immune system and shorten the length and severity of a cold.

Warts– Some women have claimed that if their milk is placed on a wart it will dry up and fall off.

Itching and Stinging– The following skin ailments have been said to be treated by breast milk: insect bites, bee stings, chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Apply a layer of the milk to the irritated area and allow it to air dry.

Moisturizer– Eczema, chapped lips, cradle cap, and diaper rash can be relieved by applying a thin layer of breast milk and allowing it to air dry.

Sore/Cracked Nipples– Rub milk into sore, cracked nipples to relieve pain and speed up healing.

Circumcision– Mom’s milk can be used to prevent infections at the site of circumcision.

Sore Throat – Gargle breast milk to relieve a sore throat.

Skin Cleanser– Breast milk has been used as a skin cleanser, make-up remove, and to treat acne.

Contact Lenses Solution– Breast milk has been used to sterilize contacts.

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