Breastmilk: It’s Not Just Food

In what ways do you use breastmilk? It sounds like a silly question on the surface, but there are several ways to use breastmilk aside from feeding your baby. When I searched the internet for alternative uses for breastmilk, I found hundreds of different non-food uses ranging from deodorant to a cure for cancer! I have no idea how well it works for either of those things. What I do know is that our team has personally used breastmilk for the following things.

*Disclaimer: None of these ideas are intended to be taken as medical advice, and as always, do your own research before making a decision.

medical benefits of breastmilk

Clogged tear ducts :: Several team members used milk to unclog a tear duct, with almost immediate results.

Baby acne :: Rubbing breastmilk directly on those adorable tiny dots on your adorable tiny baby will help clear them right up.

Cradle Cap :: Apply to the scalp a few times a day, combing through occasionally. All of my kids had cradle cap, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about this remedy!

Eczema relief :: this works better than any cream/lotion I have tried for mild eczema. I have on occasion needed prescription lotion, but only when I would miss putting breastmilk on my son’s eczema at the onset of a flare up.

Pink-Eye :: My youngest got pink eye at just two weeks old. I was so nervous putting medicine in his eye, so I decided to try breastmilk first. It cleared up within three days.

Congestion :: A few drops in the nose can help relieve congestion…unless your child is like mine and they cry when anything goes into their nose, then worsening the congestion.

Ear Aches/Infections :: Personally, I have used breastmilk drops in my ear and it definitely helped with the pain. I have also used it on two of my children during the “wait and see” few days when an ear infection was diagnosed. Once, the infection went away, but another time, antibiotics were needed.

Diaper Rash :: Breastmilk can help alleviate diaper rash and irritation, but it is not recommended for a suspected yeast rash. Before you attempt this, be sure the rash is not due to thrush or a yeast infection as breastmilk may make it worse.

Breakouts :: Applying breastmilk to a blemish helps clear it up faster than if left alone, and much faster than messing with it!

General immune system booster :: It’s the best kind of vitamin/antibody a child (or an adult) could have. We’ve given it to our kids at the onset of colds, and it seem to help lessen the severity/duration of the illness.

Have you tried any of these, or do you have any non-food uses for breastmilk to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Myndee is a 35ish year old New Orleans area native. She's an author, speaker and self-love advocate. As an introverted extrovert, Myndee loves being part of the generation where most of her friends live in her computer. She and her husband, Luis, live just outside the city with their three kids.

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