Breast milk is incredibly beneficial and nutritious for your growing cherub. Known as liquid gold, that source of nourishment does not stop there. There are myriad immunity-boosting benefits to mother’s milk both medicinally and cosmetically.
This natural medicine fights parasites, bacteria and viruses with the bonus of being a free resource. Breast milk has superpowers and the healing bio-molecules in human milk alleviates inflammation, infection and reduces pain. Incredibly complex and powerful, this drink allows the infant’s immune system to develop. We look at some uses of breast milk you may never have occurred to you.
Uses for breast milk
1. Helps treat ear infections
Breast milk has strong antibodies that fight off awful ear infections. This is very common in children aged six to 18 months. Take a dropper and every few hours gently drop three to four drops at the entrance of the ear canal.
2. Say goodbye to acne
Lauric acid, a component of breast milk, has acne-fighting qualities and is antibacterial. Simply dab breast milk onto your face and let it dry. You can also wash your face with clear water and then wash your face with breast milk and dab with a towel.
3. Ease the little one’s teething pain
Pop your breast milk into an ice lolly mould for an immediate soothing pacifier when your little one is teething.
4. Alleviate nappy rash
Wash the inflamed area with clean water first and then with breast milk. Let it dry thoroughly and see how the natural moisturiser in the breast milk speeds up the healing process.
5. Soothe painful cuts and scrapes
Breast milk has natural antiseptic properties and can be used to reduce burning and stinging from a minor cut. The wound will heal quickly as the breast milk has antibody IgA that prevents germs from building on the lesion.
6. Relish creamy cheese
It seems that cheese can be made from breast milk. If you can enjoy a glass of wine with goat, cow and sheep cheese, why not give breast milk a bash!
7. Clear baby’s eye discharge
Not only is breast milk great for conjunctivitis and pink eye, but it also helps clear blocked tear ducts in newborns, which cause discomfort and lead to infections. You can directly apply breast milk to the eye a few times a day from an eye dropper.
8. Unblock congested noses
Use breast milk with its anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties. Simply use a syringe to collect and dispense it.
9. Relieve sore nipples
When you start breastfeeding, it is common for your nipples to become raw and chapped. Instead of a variety of potions and lotions, breast milk is an excellent alternative. Known for excellent antibiotic properties, express a bit of milk onto the nipple at the end of a feed and then let it air-dry there.
10. Ease your eczema
Little babies tend to get atopic dermatitis, aka eczema and this results in cracked, red swollen skin that is uncomfortable itchy. Breast milk is a great treatment for mild to moderate eczema and soothes the skin with its antiseptic, antimicrobial and calming powers.
11. Little spider and insect bites
Treat irritating bug bites with breast milk that has calming, antibacterial properties. Take breast milk from the fridge and apply or use a breastmilk ice cube directly on the bite for some relief and to prevent infection.
“This natural medicine fights parasites, bacteria and viruses with the bonus of being a free resource.”
12. Treat sunburn
Breast milk is an ideal home remedy for mild sunburn. The natural antibodies in the milk will ensure the sunburn heals – and for a little extra relief, use chilled breast milk.
13. Ease a sore throat
Gargle with breast milk if you have a sore throat and the antibacterial properties will fight off germs and soothe the throat.
14. Help ear infections
Try using two to three drops of breast milk in the ear as this can help with the infection.
15. Clean fresh face
- Cleanser: Use warm water and breast milk on your fingertips and gently rub in a circular motion, and then rinse off. Your skin will feel soft and creamy.
- Mask: In order to make the ideal mask you must add ingredients to the breast milk like Bentonite Clay. Create a thick paste with the clay and breast milk and apply the paste to your face and let dry. Once the mask is dry leave it on the face for 10-15 minutes and then wash off. This is fabulous for ridding the skin of impurities and calming irritated skin.
- Anti-inflammatory moisture mask: Add honey, coconut oil, turmeric and breast milk to create a wonderful mask
- Lotion: Mix breast milk with your favourite face or body lotion.
- Beautiful face exfoliant: Fresh lemon juice mixed with breast milk and natural fine granulated sugar creates a paste, ideal for removing dead skin on your face.
- Moisturiser: To create a great moisturiser add essential oils like frankincense, rose hip and ylang-ylang, which have great anti-ageing properties. Blend the ingredients together and rub onto your skin.
Uses for expired breastmilk
There is no need to hastily disregard your expired breast milk. There are alternative uses for breast milk including:
1. Soothing baths
Enjoy a soak in the tub with breast milk to soothe and soften your skin. For relaxing aromas, add fresh herbs or essential oils.
2. Freeze it for treatments
Keep frozen breast milk cubes to treat bruises, minor cuts and scrapes. The healing properties of the breast milk will ensure that the swelling is reduced, as well as the inflammation.
3. Make handmade soap
Enjoy making handmade soaps with soap-making kits. It’s really simple and fun to do, just stirring in a little breast milk during the process.
4. Create jewellery
Get creative and transform your breast milk into wearable art. This is really unique and very symbolic of the significant bond between mom and baby.
Breast milk is the elixir of life, not just nutritionally but also as a cosmetic and protective agent against infection and inflammation.