Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Wonders of Breastmilk

I found this article today. Isn't it amazing how God gave us everything we need in nature? Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. I struggled with it with my first two, but Emma has been a champ and everything has went smoothly. Who knows how long I'll keep her on it!

Did you think that Breastmilk is only for feeding baby? As breastmilk is “clean” and has anti-bacterial & healing properties, have you considered other great uses for it?

Here are some that you can try! [Note: Suitable for babies & children, and even adults!]

Eye infections / Conjuctivitis ("Pink Eye"): Squirt into the eye. Do this as frequently as possible until healed. If the baby/child doesn’t allow you to squirt breastmilk into his eye, then do it while they are sleeping. Squirt around the crease of closed eyes, then gently lift the lids to allow the breastmilk to seep into the eye.

Sore/cracked nipples: Rub into nipples after feedings and air dry.

Scratches/Scrapes/Cuts: Squirt & clean wound first with the breastmilk; then apply some more on wound and air dry. This is really great when on outings where no ready water supply is available. If the cut is on the lips or mouth area, healing will be especially easy for a breastfeeding baby or child. Just the simple act of nursing the child not only calms the child from the pain of the injury, but the breastmilk that must pass the wound during nursing will close the cut rather quickly.

Mosquito bites / Ant bites: Squirt on bite and rub in. Helps to stop the itching.

Ear infections: Squirt or pour into sore ear

Acne / Eczema / Diaper rash: Wash skin with water, then apply breastmilk all over. Air Dry.

Facial Cleanser: Apply breastmilk on face & wipe clean. Great even for removing eye-makeup!

Sore throats/Mouth Sores: A baby/child that is still breastfeeding can benefit by directly nursing. If not, drinking a cup of expressed breastmilk will help. It certainly helped when my then 19-month-old son had mouth sores from a bout of Hand, Foot & Mouth disease. His mouth was too sore to nurse directly from the breast, but drinking expressed breastmilk from a cup helped heal the sores in a day.

Stuffy noses: Squirt into nose and suction or squeeze out as you would with saline.

If you have an older child/spouse who is ill, give them some breastmilk. It's a great immunity booster!

Any other uses you have tried?


The Incredible Shrinking Man said...

"If you have an older child/spouse who is ill, give them some breastmilk. It's a great immunity booster!"

Gross. Gross! Gross!!

And I hope, as seems to be implied, that you used breast milk to help with your own mouth sores?!

Amy said...

I did not write's an article that I copied and pasted from another site!!

I have never ingested breastmilk myself, but I would probably try it!

I hear a lot of men actually like it, though. ;0)

The Incredible Shrinking Man said...

You've posted no disclaimers stating that this is not necessarily the opinion of the blogger, or anything. Therefore, I can only conclude that you subscribe to this hippie's take on "The Wonders of Breast Milk".

Concerning the "men" comment, I will only say this. PLEASE do not ascribe the preferences of the man who shares your residence to the rest of us. Aagh!

And what exactly does the writer mean by "squirt"?

I just thank our Lord that our mother and her sisters did not know about your little cure all while we were growing up.

That is all I have to say on the subject.

- a concerned sibling

Amy said...

Laughing tears!

We would've most certainly been forced to drink breastmilk toddies, along with things like forced enemas!

And I don't even want to think about how it would've been delivered, either! They would point and "squirt" without blinking an eye!