Surprise Uses for Breast Milk
When you become a mom, you discover a whole new set of ailments and health issues in your family. Most of them will happen to your little one—from ear infections to rashes—and you may be looking for natural remedies. If you’re breastfeeding your little one I have great news! Breast milk is not only packed with great nutrients for your baby, but it also has many uses besides nutrition.
There are a lot of “old wives’ tales” out there about different remedies for common health issues, but breast milk is definitely not among them. Breast milk has antibodies that help fight infection as well as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The healing properties are real and even better—they are tailored to your little one’s specific needs. You can keep extra breastmilk on hand by freezing it in breast milk storage bags, ice cube trays or any other air-tight container.
Ear and eye infections – Put some breast milk into a medicine dropper and put a couple drops in your little one’s infected ear or eye a few times per day. Anti-inflammatory properties will help heal the infection and also decrease soreness/irritation. This includes pink eye!
Diaper rash – Breast milk can kill the bacteria that cause diaper rash and yeast infections. Treat your baby’s bottom with breast milk to get rid of rashes or use it as a preventative measure so they don’t happen.
Skin conditions – If your little one has sensitive skin that is easily irritated, or a condition like eczema or rosacea, breast milk is an ideal treatment. This counts for the rest of the family, too!
Bug bites – From mosquitos to bees or ants, breast milk will help to soothe bites and speed up healing time.
Baby Acne – Many newborns have what is referred to as baby acne—but their skin is so sensitive that it’s usually a “watch and wait” scenario until it clears up on its own. Breast milk can help to speed up the process to clear skin for your little one.
Cradle Cap – This is common in newborns and often looks like a build-up on their scalp. You can massage breast milk on the scalp to safely loosen the build-up and then comb it out.
Burns – Whether from contact with a hot object or from being in the sun too long, breast milk works wonders to help skin heal naturally.
The benefits of breastfeeding go far beyond nutrition and even the above remedies. Mothers who breastfeed are healthier overall, have quicker recoveries, and even long-term benefits like a decreased cancer risk. Breastfed children are sick less, often suffer less from allergies and have stronger immune systems. As always, we are here to be of support to you. Please contact us anytime Care@theollieworld.com.