We already know breast milk is tops for feeding your child, but did you know it has other uses, both medicinal and cosmetic? The immunologic agents found in human milk help fight against bacteria, viruses and parasites… with no wonky side effects. Here are a few home uses for breast milk recommended by moms (and some doctors) around the world.
Treat an Ear Infection
Those amazing antibodies in your breast milk can fight off ear infections, which occur most often in children ages six to 18 months. Put about 3-4 drops at the entrance of the ear canal every few hours. The infection should clear up within 24-48 hours. Some moms follow the breast milk with bottled garlic mullein oil.
Clear Up Acne
Lauric acid, a component of breast milk, has antibacterial, acne-fighting qualities without the side effects of drugs. Dabbing breast milk alone (or a mixture of breast milk and coconut oil, another source of lauric acid) on your face—then letting it air dry—helps clear up acne. Some people wash their face with breast milk to prevent future breakouts. In that case, wash your face with clear water first, followed by the breast milk, and wipe it away with a clean towel.
Soothe Teething Pain
This super easy option is one I had not thought of when Sofie was nursing. Express some of your milk, pour it into popsicle molds and freeze it. When your little one is crying with teething pain, whip out a breast milk popsicle for instant (and nutritional) soothing!
Prevent Diaper Rash
Breast milk contains natural moisturizers that speed the healing process. Wash the affected area with clear water first. Then rub breast milk on the rash and let it fully dry before re-diapering. Breast milk can also help with other skin rashes and forms of eczema.
Heal Cuts and Scrapes
As a natural antiseptic, breast milk can be placed on a minor cut to reduce burning and stinging. The antibody IgA prevents germs from forming on the wound and helps speed healing. A squirt of breast milk rubbed onto a bug bite will take the itch away.