The following is a student blog post by a Mary Reed
Breast Milk – Liquid Gold
The term “liquid gold” refers to breast milk for its ability to nourish babies. But did you know its golden qualities may also heal baby’s skin ailments? That breast milk makes nourishing soap? Or that is can be wonderful for teething when frozen? Check out these amazing alternative uses for your power milk! (Consult your pediatrician before attempting any home remedy, even with breast milk.)
Does your newborn have weepy, crusty eyes? A few drops of breast milk to the affected eye does wonders.
Ear infections are a common in childhood. Add a few drops of breast milk in the affected ear every few hours.
Newborn acne happens to most babies as their bodies process and clear maternal hormones. Dab a breast milk-soaked cotton ball over baby blemishes and notice almost instant results.
If your baby’s bottom is red and irritated, you can try using breastmilk to clear things up. There may be a chance that your baby’s diaper rash is caused by yeast, so if the infection doesn’t clear up quickly, breast milk isn’t going to help; the sugar in breast milk can actually make yeast even worse.
Breastfeeding can sometimes be painful, leaving sore, cracked nipples. While many women will turn to lanolin, tea bags, and warm compresses, the La Leche League reports that expressing a small amount of breast milk onto your nipples is actually among the top cures.
Some fine lotions are made with goat’s milk, so why not try making your own lotion with momma’s milk? A recipe using oat, honey and breast milk sounds wonderful. Breast milk lotion should be stored in the refrigerator making this lotion sound even more appealing for use as a cool, soothing balm.
Yogurt is a great food for babies. It’s easy to feed and they love the taste. While it may be easier to buy commercially-made yogurt, you can only be certain of what goes into it if you make it yourself.
Ice pops are a tasty treat and they can help with teething pain, too. For older children you can use a popsicle kit or a small cup with a popsicle stick to make frozen treats. You can serve them as snacks, or as a soothing treat for sore throats or upset bellies. For younger children and teething babies, put breast milk into an ice cube tray. Place breast milk cubes into a mesh feeder and let your baby teethe away.
It’s popularly thought that breast milk is great for skin, so it’s not surprising that one mama made the leap to creating a breast milk-based soap. While you’ll have to pump for a while to build up a stash of 6 cups of milk, there are recipes to make your own breast milk soap.
Dirty contacts and no cleaning solution handy – try a few drops of breastmilk.