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Atypical use of Breastmilk

Updated on March 27, 2016

Unusual case study with breastmilk

As an OB nurse, I like to attend conferences to see what is the latest and best information out there, and bring it in to practice as best I can. My last Breastfeeding seminar gave us some very unusual information.

The speaker was telling us about her significant other, and them dealing with intestinal cancer. Her partner was at home, had been to chemotherapy, and with the constant vomiting had lost much weight. Being unable to keep down any food or drink, a G-tube was inserted. Basically a surgical insertion of a tube directly into the stomach, to hopefully suppress the vomiting most people get while swallowing food or drink. It wasn't working very well. Also because of the lack of nutrients, and being in bed so much, bedsores were developing.

One of her co-workers offered to donate some breast milk for it's nutritive value. It does supply a newborn 100% of it's nutrition throughout the first year of life. The speaker said with the first portion of breast milk in the G-tube, all nausea and vomiting stopped. By the next day he was able to keep down small amounts of food and drink. Next she tried it on the bedsores for external healing. By the next day the bedsores were healing quickly. I don't know how deep the bedsores were, but she said she was amazed at how quickly the breastmilk enhanced the healing.

As I said, this is only her word to us at the lecture, but I think it's a beautiful story.


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    • RitaDoulaRN profile image

      Rita 6 years ago from North Long Beach, California

      The conference speaker shared so far there had not been any problems, just a smoother path to recovery,

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Amazing, and interesting--and it presents important questions. Would love to know if you get more documentation on this, and whether you know of any difficulties--disease passed on or other concerns.