10 alternative uses of breast milk

10 alternative uses of breast milk
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We all know the benefits of breastfeeding for your baby’s growth and development. But it’s rich in antibodies and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it possible for it to have several other alternative uses. Evelyn Makena tells you how to put breast milk to good, natural use

1) Soothing a sore throat

Breast milk contains anti-bacterial properties that help soothe a sore throat. In case a newborn develops a sore throat, it is highly advisable to give them breast milk to alleviate the symptoms.

Adults can also benefit from the medicinal properties by consuming or gargling a glass of milk for the same effect.

2) For burning itching or stinging ointment/ treating cuts and scratches

In case of irritation caused by burns, itching, stinging or cuts, you can find relief by using breast milk to disinfect them.

A few drops of breast milk to the affected area will help heal the wound. This is because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which prevent germs from growing at the site of the injury.

3) Acne treatment and a cleanser

For those who have acne or any other skin disorder, breast milk, may just be what you need. Lauric acid, which is present in breast milk can help treat acne owing to its antiviral and antifungal properties.

In order to use breast milk as a solution for acne, wash your face with clean water then apply the milk over the infected areas then let it air dry.

Wash it off later. Breast milk can also be used as a facial cleanser by applying it all over the face then wiping it away using a clean towel.

4) Ear treatment

Medical reports indicate that ear infections are common among children of between six and 18 months. One of the natural remedies for the treatment of the ear infections is to put some breast milk in the ear canal of the infant.

The antibodies present in milk clear the infection. It’s advisable that the milk be administered in drops at the entrance of the ear canal.

5) Eye treatment

Human milk has been used by mothers in treating eye infections such as pink eye (conjunctivitis). The viral infection in both adults and babies can be treated using breast milk. Two drops of the milk in addition to a clear eye dropper has been proven effective in clearing conjunctivitis.

6) Diaper rush remedy

Wondering how to treat your baby’s diaper rush? Well, look no further. Spray or rub some expressed milk on your baby’s clean bottoms, leave it to dry before giving the little one a diaper change to treat the yeast infection causing the rush.

The sugar in the breast milk will feed the yeast, healing the baby’s bum. The process can be repeated few times in a day for more effectiveness.

7) Clear congestion

Placing a few drops in your baby’s or child’s nostril can help clear up sinus congestion. It works just as well as over the counter medications without all the side effects.

8) Easing puffy eyes

New mothers mostly have to endure long sleepless nights nursing their babies leading to red, puffy eyes. The good news is that one can use breast milk, which has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce swelling and puffiness. Soaking two cotton balls in breast milk then placing them over the eyes will help ease the puffiness.

9) Removing cradle crap

Dry flaky skin or cradle crap commonly appears on newborn’s scalp. Even though it’s painless and harmless to the baby, it may be unsightly. Applying breast milk on the baby’s head will come in handy in loosening the flakes, making them easier to comb out and prevent them from appearing again.

10) Treating sunburns

Rubbing breast milk on your baby’s or own sunburnt skin could help relieve the symptoms. It’s gentle on skin. Human milk also helps take the sting out of the burn and aid the skin to heal faster.

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