We all know by now that when it comes to feeding your baby, nothing comes close to breast milk – it is literally food tailor-made by your body for your baby.
Science has also revealed that breastfeeding also holds many health benefits for you too, mum, from bonding with your baby to decreasing your risk of certain cancers.
And it doesn’t end there.
Breast milk actually has way more uses – many of which you might not even have heard of before.
Prepare to be amazed at the fact that your body can actually produce these wonderous drops:
1. Clear up acne
What this means, is that breast milk can actually help with breakouts. Simply, using a cotton ball, dab some
2. Treats dry skin and eczema
This was my health nurse’s tip for when my youngest baby developed a little bit of eczema behind her knees and in the crease of her chubby little elbows. All I needed to do, she said, was to dab some breast milk onto the areas where the skin was dry, ideally after a bath, and let it air dry. Voila – the skin healed almost straight away.
Some people even swear by breast milk baths if their babies suffer from dry skin. Simply add some breast milk into their bathwater, and watch the magic happen.
Tip: This will work wonders for your own skin too, mama – especially if it is feeling a little bit dry and sensitive.
Another one of those great nuggets of suggestions from my local health nurse when I had my first baby in Norway.
When my little girl started teething at just three-four months, the health nurse suggested I express some breast milk and freeze it into popsicle moulds – for her to chew on when her poor little gums were hurting.
And it worked a charm. So much so, that I tip every mum I know about this when I hear their baby has reached teething age!
Breast milk is actually a completely natural antiseptic, meaning it will work wonders on any cuts and broken or irritated, sore skin. You can use it directly on your baby’s little bum, of course, or you can opt to turn it into a so-called breast milk balm, which can be used for numerous skin issues, from bug bites to heat rash or sunburned skin.
Pinterest will yield lots of recipes for how to DIY one for yourself, but here is a great recipe to get you started.
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As the summer months approach, and the season of sunny outdoor activities commence, so does the season of sunburns, allergies, and eczema aggravated by heat. For people who suffer from these frustrating conditions, the season of sunshine and water can prove to be a season of misery from itchy, dry, scaly skin. Medicine often provides solutions for these pesky skin conditions through the use of antihistamines, steroids, or topical numbing creams whose side effects may prove worse then the original ailment. It can seem to be an expensive cycle of unending relief. If you suffer from the above listed ailments, I have hope for you. New research has proven that breast milk, made into a lotion, is the latest alternative form of treatment for eczema, psoriasis, sunburns and itchy dry skin. Although the idea of rubbing breast milk on your skin may seem a bit unconventional, it is proving to be a safe and sometime superior treatment to other medicinal options. The antibodies found in breast milk will help aid in the onset of infection that can be secondary to persistent scratching. Breast milk lotion may not be for everyone, but for those who have tried everything with no avail, I hope you find some form of relief in the below recipe. #breastmilkbalm #recipe
5. Make soap with it
No, really – you can actually make a gorgeous natural soap that the whole family can use – using your pumped breast milk. Again, you’ll find a whole range of recipes on Pinterest, and you can experiment with essential oils and different herbs until you find the perfect one. Bonus? No single-use plastic, no nasty ingredients and super-nourishing for your skin.