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Alternative Uses for Breast Milk. 28 Surprising Home Remedies.
Well all know how wonderful it is to feed your baby breast milk. Study after study has shown it is the truest of super-foods. Some however have found there are many other uses for this magical mommy juice. There are even hospitals using donated breast milk for patients outside of the NICU. Interested? Read on for the many uses of breast milk you may not have thought possible.
Author's disclaimer: I personally have not tried many of these. Not all have been medically tested and are considered "home remedies." These should not replace advise from a medical professional.
Breast Milk Storage
Store milk in a hard capped container to avoid spills and contamination.
Keep at room temperature (up to 77'F) for 6-8 hours.
Refrigerate for 5 days
Freeze for 3-6 months or 12 months in a chest freezer.
When storing place in the back of the refrigerator or freezer, not the door.
Thaw milk by placing in the refrigerator overnight or running warm water over the container. Do not microwave.
Do not mix old and new milk
Studies have shown that milk may loose some of it's healing properties if stored too long. If using milk for sick child or healing remedy try to use fresh milk.
-Information from the CDC
Eyes and Ears
1. Pink eye. Clean the eye with breast milk soaked cotton and use a dropper to add more breast milk into they eye.
2. Infected or plugged tear ducts. Use a medicine dropper and add a few drops to the affected eye.
3. Sties. Soak a cotton ball or cloth in warm breast milk and apply to the sty for 10 minutes
4. Contact solution on soft, hard or gas permeable lenses
5. Red, swollen or puffy eyes. Soak a cotton ball in cold breast milk and let sit on eyes for several minutes.
6. Ear infections. Putting a few drops in the ear will promote healing and provide some pain relief.
Nose, Mouth and Throat
7. Stuffy nose. While lying down drop some milk into the nose they same way you'd use a saline solution. If needed use a bulb syringe after the milk sits for a minute or two.
8. Sore throat. Gargle with breast milk for pain relief and a quicker recovery
9. Mouth sores. Swish breast milk like you would mouth wash to make them go away quickly.
10. Chapped lips. Apply breast milk for smooth supple lips.
11. Canker sores and cold sores. Apply some breast milk to the sore and allow to air dry.
12. Teething and toothaches. Try different temperatures to see what works. Breast milk soaked rags are great for teething babies.
13. Eczema and other skin rashes, including those due to allergic reactions to plants such as poison oak. Apply milk to the affected area and allow to air dry.
14. Dry skin. Use breast milk instead of lotion
15. Cradle cap. Apply to baby's head a few times a day
16. Diaper rash. After cleaning diaper apply breast milk and allow to air dry before putting diaper back on. (my personal favorite)
17. Insect bites. Putting a small amount of milk on the bite stops the itching and promotes healing.
18. Chicken pox. Apply to ease itching
19 Warts. Apply breast milk and allow to air dry. Continue daily until the wart dries up and falls off
20. Sore nipples. Apply breast milk after each feeding to ease pain, promote healing and prevent cracking.
21. Minor cuts and scrapes. Apply breast milk as you would an ointment and cover with bandage if needed.
22. Burns and sunburns. Apply to burned area and allow to air dry.
23. Make-up remover. Use instead of commercial products.
24. Skin cleanser. Breast milk is a natural moisturizing cleanser that also helps prevent acne.
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25. Diarrhea. Drinking breast milk will help prevent and treat diarrhea.
26. Immune boost. Drinking breast milk during cold/flu season will reduce the risk of sickness. (My two children are 3 years and 8 months, neither has had a single cold/flu)
27. Cook with breast milk. Use in recipes in the place of cow's milk.
28. Chemo patients.Drinking breast milk will ease their nausea, aid digestion and boost their immune system.
There are of course many other uses yet to be discovered or ones that aren't covered here, especially internally.
A big thank you to Julie DeNeen for # 29
29. Dog food treats. Frozen cubes can be given as treats to your dog, apparently they love it!
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