Breastmilk, besides being the best first food for your baby, has other amazing natural benefits. From treating skin, to being an ingredient in home-made soaps and lotions, to various medical benefits; read more on the alternative uses for breastmilk
is a truly amazing substance. It’s completely natural and contains everything
needed to support human life. Not only has it allowed humans to survive for all
of time, but it has helped them to thrive. It’s full of amazing ingredients
that do many different amazing things for the human body.
It has been
meticulously studied for many years and researchers are still continually
discovering ingredients in it that they had never noticed before. Breastmilk is even being researched in
the effort to find a cure for cancer. Breastmilk is undoubtedly the perfect
first food for babies, but it also has a number of surprising other uses.
Cooking with Breastmilk
people find the idea of using breastmilk in food kind of shocking. Some might
think that it’s weird or even gross. Think about it from this perspective
though – it’s completely normal and commonplace to drink and cook with milk
from animals such as cows and goats. The biggest difference between animal
milks and human milk is that animal milks are designed for animals and human milk is designed for humans. Not
to mention the many benefits that come with consuming human milk. So, it makes
complete sense to use human milk when cooking.
1. Using Breastmilk in Place of
start a recipe and realize you forgot to check to make sure you have all the
ingredients beforehand? Well, if you’re breastfeeding, and the ingredient
you’re missing is any type of milk, then you’re in luck. Breastmilk can replace almost any other milk in recipes. Of course,
pumping or expressing milk can be time consuming and sometimes difficult. For
this reason, you may not want to be replacing everything with breastmilk all
the time. However, when you’re in a pinch, it can be a real life saver.
2. Breastmilk in Coffee
that would be easy to regularly use breastmilk for is in place of coffee
creamer. In fact, it can actually
replace both creamer and sugar in your coffee as breastmilk is naturally
very sweet. It doesn’t take a lot, so it should be easy to express the right
amount. Keep in mind that it won’t change the colour of your coffee as
dramatically as commercial options.
Medical Uses for Breastmilk
is like nature’s medicine. It
contains amazing immune boosting properties. It’s full of antibodies that help
to fight illnesses and shorten and reduce the severity of sickness in babies.
Breastmilk has tons of natural, safe and effectivemedical uses. Even so, this
article is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. Contact
your medical care provider if you need medical treatment of any kind.
3. Drinking Breastmilk to
Prevent or Shorten Sickness
antibodies in breastmilk are not only good for babies but provide benefits for
all ages. Even after your child is weaned, you can give them breastmilk in a
cup to help shorten sickness. You could also give it to your partner that way
if they are comfortable with it. It’s especially effective if the lactating
mother has been in contact with the sickness because her body immediately
starts producing antibodies in her breastmilk for any sickness she comes in
contact with. The breastmilk can help to shorten
the time spent sick as well as reduce the severity of the sickness.
4. Using Breastmilk to Help
Heal Cuts and Scrapes
can also be used topically to aid in the healing process of cuts and scrapes.
It’s a safe and natural alternative to
antibiotic ointments. It has natural antibodies in it that help prevent
infection and promote fast healing. If applied often, you may just be surprised
how quickly your own or your little one’s cuts and scrapes heal.
5. Treating Pink Eye with
also known as pink eye, is the irritation and swelling of the eye. It can be
caused by infection, allergies, and irritants to the eye. Regardless of the
cause, breastmilk can be used to treat conjunctivitis. It can effectively fight and eradicate infection,
but it can also provide soothing relief as well as flush out the eye if the
cause is anything other than infection. Since breastmilk soothes the eyes and provides moisturization of the
eyes, it can be used as an alternative to regular use eye drops as well. It
will even lessen the appearance of red eyes.
6. Using Breastmilk for Nappy
also provides a very effective alternative for treating nappy rash. After
wiping baby’s bum clean, simply apply a small amount of breastmilk to the
affected area and allow for it to dry. You
can also add a moisture barrier on top of the breastmilk once it’s dried
before replacing baby’s nappy. Something like coconut oil or petroleum jelly
would work good. The breastmilk promotes faster healing and kills any bacteria
that may make the rash worsen. The moisture barrier also helps prevent the rash
from getting worse so that the breastmilk can effectively help the rash to
heal. Never use breastmilk on a yeast
infection, however, because the yeast thrives on the natural sugar in the
7. Treating Acne with
women experience bad acne during their postnatal
period due to all the fluctuating hormones and the stress of a newborn. Since
acne is partially caused by bacteria on the skin, breastmilk can help to combat
it. Not only does it kill bacteria to help prevent worsening of the acne, but
it also promotes healing of the skin. To use breastmilk for the treatment of
acne, simply apply a small amount of breastmilk to the affected area a couple
times a day. Breastmilk is completely natural and safe so you can apply it as
often as you want, but applying at least a couple times a day will help it to
be most effective. You
should see results fairly quickly.
8. Giving Your Baby a Milk Bath
great use for breastmilk is to use it to give your baby a milk bath. This can
be great for any baby to help moisturize their skin, but it’s especially
helpful if your baby has eczema, cradle crap, or any other type of skin problem
or rash. Breastmilk helps to heal,
soothe and moisturize the skin. To give your baby a milk bath, simply add
your breastmilk to baby’s bath. Any amount of breastmilk and water is fine, but
the higher the concentration of the milk, the more effective the milk bath will
be. Ideally, the mixture should be fairly cloudy in appearance.
9. Home Made Soaps and Lotions
soothing and healing properties of breastmilk make it a great choice as an
ingredient in products like soap and lotion. It provides great natural moisture for your skin. A quick search on
the internet will provide you with tons of different recipe ideas so that you
can make your own soaps and lotions using breastmilk. You can even take a
recipe that you find and adapt it to create
your very own breastmilk recipe.
Collecting Breastmilk for
of the alternative uses for breastmilk require only a very small amount of
breastmilk. For this reason, you can hand
express the breastmilk in small amounts as you need it. Some uses, however,
such as milk baths for your baby, require a bit more milk. If you need more
milk than you prefer to hand express, you can use either a manual or an
electric pump to collect your milk. To learn more about expression and storage of breastmilk, read here.
Take Full Advantage of Your
course, breastmilk is designed for consumption by babies. It provides them with
all their needed nutrients and everything they need for survival and proper development.
However, with the wonderful and impressive composition of breastmilk, it also
proves to be greatly useful and
convenient for much more than just feeding our bubs. There is no reason
that we shouldn’t take full advantage of this lovely substance that we have
access to during the time we nurse our precious little ones.
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