Using Breast Milk

Other Uses of Breast Milk

Want to use your extra frozen breast milk for something useful?

The use of breast milk can benefit your whole household!

We all know about the great benefits of breast milk for the mother and baby, and even the environment, but are there other uses of breast milk?

The answer is yes. Breast milk can be used to cure a few ailments and even help heal particular diseases; it is beneficial for your baby, for you and any other grownups, in the following ways:

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  • Breast milk contains immunological agents and other compounds that take action against viruses and parasites.
  • Breast milk is anti-bacterial and can help heal wounds, assisting people to recover faster after organ transplants and other surgeries.

The many alternative uses for breast milk discussed here:

Breast Milk and its many Uses

All of the below uses for breast milk are beneficial to the whole family:

  • Pink eye breast milk treatment: You can put a few drops of breast milk into your baby’s eyes or any family members who are suffering from pink eye. The breast milk will keep the area clean and will initiate healing. You can do this as often as possible.
  • Eye puffiness or redness. Wonderful for removing puffiness, and is used just as you would use cow's milk for the same purpose. Dab on with some cotton wool.
  • Opening a stuffy nose. Breast milk is natural and a great alternative to medications, which might even make the situation worse. Squirt a few drops into your baby’s nose, while he/she is lying down; use a bulb to suction the excess from the nose gently..
  • Sore throats and mouth sores. Swirling some of the breast milk around in the mouth and even gargling with it can help. 
  • Eczema and other skin rashes. Breast milk will keep the skin clean and will prevent flare-ups. Apply a layer of breast milk to the area and allow to air dry.
  • Dry skin. Using breast milk as a moisturizer. You might need to rinse it off afterward as it can get quite sticky. 
  • Cradle cap. Apply to your baby’s scalp, a few times per day. 
  • Breast milk diaper rash treatment. Use breast milk to treat and prevent normal nappy rash. Do not use if your baby has a yeast infection
  • Insect bites. Rub a small amount on the bite to relieve the itching and promote the healing process.
  • Chickenpox. Apply the breast milk onto the skin to relieve itching, just as you would any other ointment.
  • Warts. Apply daily on the wart until it dries up and falls off.
  • Treating sore nipples. Applying some breast milk to your nipples will often heal them faster than any over the counter nipple cream. It can also prevent cracking, by keeping them supple; this is not advised for mothers with thrush (yeast infections) on the breasts.
  • Immune Boost. Older children can be given a glass of breast milk or more, every day, to boost their immune systems and keep them from becoming ill.
  • Ease cold/flu symptoms. Get over your cold quicker with some liquid gold breast milk. Drink as much as you can.
  • Makeup Remover. Breast milk can naturally and easily remove eye make-up, and will leave your skin nourished and soft.
  • Skin Cleanser. Breast milk will gently cleanse your skin and can prevent acne, due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Contact lens solution. If you find yourself without a saline solution, you can always use a few drops of breast milk. It has incredible moisturizing properties.
  • Chapped, cracked lips. Breast milk can keep your lips moist for quite some time.
  • Donating the extra breast milk. By donating your stored breast milk, you could be saving a sick or premature baby that needs breast milk.
  • Cuts, scratches, scrapes and burns/sunburns. Apply to the open wound to disinfect the area. Allow to air dry.
  • Sexual Lubricant. Used the same way you would use any other lubricant like KY Jelly etc. Do not use if you think you might have a yeast infection.
  • Leg ulcers or shingles. Using breast milk for healing. (Testimonials below in comments).
  • Cooking with breast milk. Many mothers have started cooking with their breast milk. It might seem a bit strange, but why not replace a cow’s milk with something much more nutritious and healthy? Google “breast milk recipe" and you can find many interesting recipes. Use expressed breast milk in breast milk recipes, just as you would cow’s milk.
  • Breast milk lollies/Icies and breast milk ice-cream. These are especially great at reducing a baby's teething pain. Get your free breast milk lollie/ice cream recipes here. 

Using Breast Milk in the Hospitals

This is what some donated breast milk is used for:

  • Renal failure, Cardiac problems, Failure to thrive in infants, Feeding intolerances, Bronchi pulmonary dysplasia, Treating infectious diseases, Treating intractable diarrhea, Gastroenteritis, Pneumonia and Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis.
  • Post surgical healing: Omphaloele, Intestinal Obstruction/bowel fistula, and Colostomy Repair.
  • Chemo patients: Breast milk can help calm their stomachs, help with digestion and strengthen the immune system.
  • Burn patients: Breast milk helps heal and protect the skin and prevents infection.
  • Organ transplants: The breast milk helps fight any infections and helps to boost the immune system.

If you know of any other “breast milk uses" or ways of using stored breast milk to prevent wastage, share them with us…

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