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 benefits to a mother’s breast 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 reduce pain. Incredibly complex and powerful, breast milk allows your infant’s immune system to develop. We look at some alternate uses of breast milk you may never have occurred to you.
1. Treat ear infections
Breast milk has strong antibodies that can help fight off awful ear infections, which are particularly common in children aged six to 18 months. Take a dropper and gently drop three to four drops of breast milk at the entrance of the ear canal every few hours.
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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 where you have a breakout and let it dry. You can also wash your face with water and then wash your face with breast milk and dab with a towel.
3. Ease teething pain
If your little one is teething, pop your breast milk into an ice lolly mould for an immediate soothing pacifier.
4. Alleviate nappy rash
Wash the inflamed area with clean water first and then wipe down well with breast milk. Let it dry thoroughly and see how the natural moisturiser in the breast milk speeds up the skin’s 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. Clear baby’s eye discharge
Not only is breast milk great for treating conjunctivitis and pink eye, but it can also help clear blocked tear ducts in newborns, which cause discomfort and can lead to infections. You can directly apply breast milk to the eye a few times a day from an eye dropper.
7. Unblock congested noses
Use breast milk with its anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties to ease stuffy noses. Simply use a syringe to collect and dispense it.
8. Relieve sore nipples
When you start breastfeeding, it is common for your nipples to become raw and chapped. Don’t turn to a variety of potions and lotions, breast milk is an excellent alternative. Known for its excellent antibiotic properties, express a bit of breast milk onto the nipple at the end of a feed and then let it air-dry.
9. Ease your eczema
Little babies tend to get atopic dermatitis, aka eczema and this results in cracked, red or swollen skin that is uncomfortable and itchy. Breast milk is a great treatment for mild to moderate eczema and soothes the skin with its antiseptic, antimicrobial and calming powers.
10. Spider and insect bites
Treat irritating bug bites with breast milk. Take breast milk that has been stored in the fridge (the coolness will be extra soothing) and apply to the bit, or use a breastmilk ice cube directly on the bite for some relief and to help prevent infection.
11. 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.
12. Ease a sore throat
Gargle with breast milk if you have a sore throat and the antibacterial properties will fight off germs and soothe an inflamed throat.
13. Help clear ear infections
Try using two to three drops of breast milk in the ear as this can help with ear infections – particularly in babies.
14. In facecare
- As a cleanser: Use warm water and breast milk on your fingertips and gently rub in a circular motion over your face, and then rinse off. Your skin will feel soft and smooth.
- As a mask: In order to make the ideal face mask you must add ingredients to the breast milk like Bentonite Clay. Create a thick paste with the clay and a little breast milk then apply the paste to your face and leave to dry. Leave on your face for 10-15 minutes and then wash off. This is brilliant for ridding the skin of impurities and calming irritated skin.
- As an anti-inflammatory moisture mask: Mix honey, coconut oil, turmeric and breast milk to create a wonderful mask
- As a lotion: Mix breast milk with your favourite face or body lotion to give it an extra moisturising boost.
- As a face exfoliant: Fresh lemon juice mixed with breast milk and natural fine granulated sugar creates a paste that’s ideal for removing dead skin cells.
Uses for expired breastmilk
There is no need to hastily throw out your expired breast milk. It may not be suitable for baby if it has expired but here are some 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 and there are so many useful alternate uses for it.