Breast milk baths are great for babies (and adults) who have dry skin issues and is particularly soothing for itchy dry eczema prone skin. This bath is excellent not just for eczema, but will also help cure diaper rashes, baby acne, and other skin issues.
Here’s a soothing oatmeal and breast milk bath recipe to try!
My kids recently came down with the Hand Mouth Foot virus which left some nasty scars on their legs. My son also suffers from mild eczema, and all the itching and scratching only made things worse.
I needed to something gentle yet powerful to put an end to these lingering skin problems. And, my freezer breast milk stash came to my rescue.
In this recipe, I use breast milk and oatmeal because my son needed that extra nourishment. Adding oatmeal makes this bath incredibly moisturizing and helps reduce inflammation caused by eczema.
You can skip adding oatmeal or substitute oatmeal with some of your favorite herbs. If you want to keep things simple, you can add breast milk to the tub and let your baby soak in the healing powers of the ‘liquid gold.’
But, if your kids have recurrent skin issues, I highly recommend adding oatmeal because of the skin benefits you can reap. Trust me; it doesn’t take a lot of time. Once you have the oatmeal powder ready, all it takes is less than 5 minutes to set up the bath.
Skin Benefits of Breast milk :
Breast milk is seriously amazing! There are so many other uses to breast milk. If you haven’t checked out my breastmilk popsicle recipe, you totally should.
Breast milk is nourishing not only inside but has excellent benefits when applied topically. Breast milk is proven effective to soften itchy eczema skin.
- Fatty Acids: Breast milk fat contains about 5.8% of Lauric acid, which is the same component present in coconut oil that is praised for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.(Source)
- Breast milk is rich in both Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids; both play an essential role in skin appearance. Applying these fats topically help seal the moisture in and act as a barrier for external irritants that sometimes trigger eczema. In fact, there are various beauty products on the market that today that is formulated with these long chain acids due to their amazing benefits to the healthier skin. (Source)
Skin Benefits of Oatmeal:
Oatmeal is well known for enhancing skin conditions throughout history. It has been used for many many years in the form of a lotion, soaps, baths to treat various skin problems.
- Oatmeal is a natural cleanser, it contains saponins, which is a gentle natural soap that removes dirt and cleanses the skin.
- Just like breast milk, Oatmeal also acts as a skin barrier locking the moisture in the skin. Oatmeal makes the skin look and feels smoother and softer.
How to make a breast milk bath for your baby:
Now that we know how amazing this bath is let’s dive straight in and learn how to make this.
- Fill warm water in the bathtub, or in the infant tub if you are using one for your newborn baby.
- Mix enough amount of breast milk to make the water cloudy.
- Meanwhile, mix 1/4 cup of oatmeal powder or colloidal oats in a bowl of warm water and let it soak for 20 minutes.
- Strain the oatmeal water and add the strained mix to the bath.
- Make sure the bath water touches all your baby’s skin surface.
- After 15 minutes, pat dry and apply coconut oil to lock in the moisture.
Few Notes before making the breast milk bath:
WHICH TYPE OF OATS SHOULD I USE?
Anything! You can buy colloidal oats or make your own oatmeal powder. I used the unflavored regular Quakers oats.
CAN I USE EXPIRED BREASTMILK FOR A BATH?
I wouldn’t. Because I don’t want my kids smelling sour. Also, since my son had real skin issues, I wanted to make the most out of the breast milk bath.
SHOULD I STRAIN THE OATMEAL WATER?
Yes! If you don’t want to end up cleaning the bathtub after the bath. If you don’t have time to strain, then use cotton muslin bags, fill the oatmeal powder in it and toss it inside the tub.
Oatmeal also makes the water slippery, so please stay close to your kids while they are in the tub.
Let’s Wrap Up:
I saw a huge difference with my son’s skin after using this bath regularly for a week. The scars due to HFM started to disappear, he felt less itchy, and his skin looked healthier.
This is a simple but very effective solution for eczema. I feel so much comfortable treating my kid’s eczema with this breastmilk and oatmeal bath rather than by slathering store brought creams.