Breast milk is indeed a superfood for your babies, and we all know that, right? But, did you know that there are countless other uses of breastmilk, other than feeding your baby?
Whether you have a freezer full of breastmilk or freshly pumped milk after having a pint that you were about to dump, there are ways to use them up.
Here is a list of all the mind-blowing alternative uses of breastmilk.
Breast Milk is rich in all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy looking skin.
1.Breast Milk Facial
Who knew rubbing breast milk on your face would be a trending topic of discussion. Breast milk facials are all the craze! Did you know that there is a spa in Chicago, where you can add breastmilk to your facial for 10$? Of course, you can make DIY breast milk face mask and enjoy the best skin care treatment at home.
2.Stretch Mark Cream
Stretch marks are common during pregnancy. Due to the hormonal changes and the growing uterus, the stretching abdominal area feels itchy and dry. Applying breast milk over the stretch marks adds moisture back to the skin, and helps reduce marks.
Sore nipples is a common breastfeeding complaint that many nursing mothers face. Bad latch, awkward nursing positions, pumping, can all be a reason for sore nipples.
There are a lot of organic nipple creams on the market, but did you know that breastmilk is the best natural remedy for sore nipples? Squeeze some breast milk and apply it all over your nipple area and let it air dry. Repeat it how many ever times you want.
Frequent nighttime nursing sessions, diaper changes, and sleep deprivation causes baggy eye sacks and unconcealable dark circles. While you are half asleep, just rub some breastmilk under your eyes for a free but effective under eye treatment.
I made an oatmeal and breast milk bath for my kids recently. I wondered, Why I didn’t think of this before! It was so nourishing, relaxing, and my kids loved it. You must try breastmilk bath if your baby has any skin issues like baby acne, cradle cap, dry skin or eczema. Feel free to get into the tub with your baby, and let your skin soak in the goodness of ‘liquid gold.’
This DIY breastmilk lotion recipe is sure to make your skin glow! This recipe is easy to make with few ingredients like grape seed oil, beeswax and Vitamin E oil.
7.Breast Milk Soap
Making your soap with your breast milk? Now, how cool does that sound? Here is a recipe that you can try. Be sure to let me know if it works.
Breast milk is brimming with anti bodies. Infact, Colostrum,the first milk that your baby gets is called as the first immunization because of it high dose of anti bodies.
8.Cold & Cough
The American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend any a cough and cold medicines until the age of 4. Is there a natural way to make your little one feel better? You bet! Breast milk is full of antibodies, you can put your freezer stash to good use, by giving some breast milk for your kids. Breast milk gummies made with honey are great for babies over 1-year-old suffering from a sore throat.
It is crucial to keep your baby hydrated during fever. Breast milk is abundant in minerals and vitamins that will keep your baby hydrated. Breast milk has active antibodies, White blood cells, that will help your body fight against the foreign bacteria and viruses.
A washcloth dipped in breastmilk or making frozen treats like popsicles using breast milk are a great natural teething relief for babies.
I was surprised when a mom friend shared that she put a few drops of breast milk on her daughter’s pink eye and it cleared out pretty quick. Although, lab experiments say that breast milk ineffective to cure pink eye or conjunctivitis, many moms vouch that breast milk has helped cure eye infections.
Breast milk on baby’s bum? Yes! Mother’s milk can help cure diaper rashes. Just apply some breast milk all over the diaper area and let it air dry. You can do this every time you change the diaper.
Breast milk is proven to be as effective as a 1% hydrocortisone cream for treating eczema. My son gets very dry and scaly skin during the winter months, I made the breast milk bath with oatmeal, and it made a huge difference. For very itchy skin, you can mix breastmilk with oatmeal to make it a paste and apply it over the eczema prone skin area. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then finish with a bath.
Babies get red acne spots all over their cheeks and mouth. Apply breastmilk liberally over these spots. Breast milk balances the ph of the skin and reduces baby acne. Don’t overdo it though. I used to do this once a day in the morning, and I always wash the face to avoid clogged ducts.
Cradle cap is those white flaky skin that newborn babies have. When you are bathing your baby, rub breast milk over the scalp, gently scrub it with a washcloth and rinse the hair. For severe cradle cap, check out other natural remedies that work great.
16.Cuts, Burns, Scars
For any minor skin ailments, like cuts, scrapes, burns, and scars, apply breast milk like a tincture over the spot.
You don’t have to be a baby to intake breast milk. If you don’t feel weird you can use breast milk for cooking! That’s right? If we can consume other mammals milk, like cow’s milk, goat’s milk, then, why not breast milk? There are so many delicious breast milk recipes to try.
What to do with Expired Breast Milk?
25. Did you know you can make breastmilk jewelry using expired breastmilk? Breastmilk rings or pendants make a memorable keepsake that reminds you of that special bond you shared with your nursling!