Uses For Breastmilk Other Than Breastfeeding
We all know liquid gold, mommy milk, boob juice or whatever your family calls is precious and has so many benefits for your baby. But did you know it has other uses too?
The list of things breast milk can be used for gets longer as time goes by and people learn more and more about how truly magical breast milk is.
Breast milk can be healing because it contains immunologic agents which help to fight various parasites and viruses and because breast milk is sterile and anti-bacterial it can even help to heal wounds!
What else can breast milk do?
Do you or a family member have a cold or sinus problems?
Stuffy noses – Squirt a few drops or breast milk up the nose instead of saline to clear up a blocked nose.
Puffy eyes – dab breast milk onto the puffy area using a cotton ball.
Sore throat – rinse and gargle with breast milk to soothe a sore throat.
Other common complaints:
Pink eye/Conjunctivitis – A few drops of breast milk in the affected family members eye will start cleaning and healing the eye, since breast milk is natural you can do this as often as needed unlike many eye drops.
Eczema/Dry skin – Apply a layer of breast milk on the affected area and allow it to air dry.
Ear infections – Squirt a few drops of breast milk into the ear to relieve pain and begin the healing process.
Nappy/diaper rash – Use breast milk to prevent and heal the rash.
Cradle cap – Apply to baby’s head a few times a day to reduce cradle cap.
Cracked/sore nipples – Applying breast milk to sore and cracked nipples is the best thing to heal them quickly and safely, it is also great to use when nipples aren’t cracked to keep them supple.
This one is just for the parents *wink, wink* for the nights parenthood gives you a break and you feel the need for a bit of passion breast milk makes a wonderful sexual lubricant!
You can also cook with breast milk, where you would usually add formula or cow’s milk add some breast milk to the family meals or just your child’s if you’d prefer! It can also be used to thin a puree you have frozen.
Another great use when consuming breast milk is breast milk ice lollies/icy poles.
A recipe example that my babies love to this day even is:
Expressed breast milk
Simply pour breast milk into the moulds and freeze, these are GREAT for teething babies
You can make soaps and shampoos from breast milk too!
You can make body lotions and creams.
Breast milk can also be poured into a bath to smooth and soften the skin.
These are just a small handful of alternate uses for breast milk. Maybe you’d like to comment with some of the things you have used breast milk for.
Some other fun Uses For Breastmilk brought to us by some of our mamas!!