Breast milk has many benefits for babies. Did you know there were other surprising uses for breastmilk? Breast milk can have up to one million white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting germs. It’s not a panacea for every ailment but it is worth a try. It isn’t going to hurt your newborn and you might stumble onto a home remedy that’s very helpful. Here are six amazing (and surprising!) ways to treat diaper rash, eczema, and soothe teething pain. Breast milk can be used for many purposes.
Surprising breast milk use #1: Teething pain
Is your little one currently breastfeeding? Breast milk is a great option if you are stumped on how to soothe your child’s teething pain. Make a batch of breast milk, and then freeze it. Give your child a “momsicle”, which is a nutritional and instant relief, if she starts to cry. You think this is a genius idea?
Surprising #2: Healing diaper rash
A 2013 study by Pediatric Dermatology found that breast milk is just as effective for treating diaper dermatitis (a.k.a.. diaper rash. Breast milk has natural moisturizers which can speed up the healing process. You can use breast milk to treat diaper rash by cleaning the area and then rubbing a bit of it on your child. After drying, you can re-diaper.
Surprising Breastmilk Use #3: Treating an Infection in the Ear
You’ve heard about the incredible antibodies found in breast milk, but did you know that it can also be used to treat ear infections? Breast milk contains immunologic agents that can fight bacteria, viruses, and parasites. If your child keeps getting ear infections, you can try to give her breast milk a few drops every few hours. It should go away in two days.
Surprising #4: Unblocking a Tear Pipe
It is common for newborns to have blocked tear ducts. They can usually resolve the problem on their own but can cause infection or goopy discharge. It is best to wash your child’s eyes with warm, clear water. To prevent tears from forming, you can apply a few drops to your baby’s eye with breast milk.
Surprising #5: Relieving a Stuffy Nase
A nasal aspirator, or rubber bulb syringe, can be used to relieve a blocked nose. You can use either one of these devices to clean your baby’s nose. You could also use breast milk. Breast milk is high in anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and can be used to relieve congestion in newborns. It’s also non-sensitizing, so babies won’t even know if they ingest breast milk.
Surprising #6: Clearing up Eczema
The International Journal of Dermatology found that half of infants suffer from atopic eczema. This condition causes redness, itching, swelling, and cracking of the skin. Breast milk can be as effective in treating skin conditions that hydrocortisone is, so it can prove to be a lifesaver. Breast milk can also be used to treat chapped, raw or sore nipples.
Breast milk can also be used by moms to treat sunburns, insect bites, cuts and scrapes. While you should consult your doctor about the best treatment for your particular case, breast milk can be used as a natural remedy. It’s possible to try breast milk if you have it. It’s possible!