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Alternative Uses for Breast Milk. 28 Surprising Home Remedies.

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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.

Skin

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.

Do You Know Your Breast Milk Facts?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Breast milk needs water, how much water does the USDA recommend a nursing mom drink?
    • One glass an hour
    • At least one glass for every breastfeeding session
    • 10 glasses per day
  2. True or False. No two samples of breast milk are exactly the same.
    • True, even milk from the same woman changes from feeding to feeding.
    • False, breast milk is always the same no matter what.
  3. What two types of protein are present in breast milk?
    • Hydrolysate and Soy
    • Whey and Casein
  4. True or False. You can eat very unhealthy and still produce amazing breast milk.
    • True, Your body can pull important vitamins out of thin air.
    • False, Your milk can only put out what you put in through healthy eating and vitamins.
  5. How long does fresh breast milk last at room temperature?
    • Up to 8 hours
    • Up to 4 hours
    • Up to 2 hours
  6. True or False. Alcohol, nicotine and caffine all get into breast milk if ingested.
    • True. You must be careful what you pass on to your baby.
    • False. The body blocks all the bad stuff.

Answer Key

  1. At least one glass for every breastfeeding session
  2. True, even milk from the same woman changes from feeding to feeding.
  3. Whey and Casein
  4. False, Your milk can only put out what you put in through healthy eating and vitamins.
  5. Up to 8 hours
  6. True. You must be careful what you pass on to your baby.

Internal Uses

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.

Bonus!

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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Comments

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 13, 2013:

What an interesting list for alternative uses. Although I'm not expecting other children, I will pass this along to someone who is.

Sasha Kim (author) on January 06, 2013:

Thelma! Thank you so much for sharing your first hand experience with a super smart mother using her super milk to treat her family ^_^ I appreciate the comment and vote... happy new year to you too ^_^

Sasha Kim (author) on January 06, 2013:

Ishwrayaa, thank you so much for all your wonderful support ^_^ I always love hearing from you!

Sasha Kim (author) on January 05, 2013:

Shai, Thank you so much for your wonderful support. You comments are fantastic and so appreciated ^_^

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on January 04, 2013:

Wow! I have never thought of this until I read this hub. I remember though when I was a child, my mother put breast milk directly from her breast into my sore eyes. It helped. Thanks for this very informative hub. Voted up and shared. BTW, Happy New Year 2013!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 03, 2013:

An informative and engaging hub with a helpful list of uses! Natural things always work wonders that synthetic things hardly did! Well-done!

Happy New Year to you & your family!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned for future reference and shared

Chen on November 13, 2012:

Wow, never would have guessed. Thought it was just good for the babies-- great research here. Would not have guessed most of it-- chicken pox? Ease nausea when going through chemo? I say again, wow, to all of these. This is amazing work, great job Voted up & interesting & deserves everything, just amazing.

Sasha Kim (author) on October 03, 2012:

Thank you Lipnancy! I enjoyed writing it as well ^_^ I certainly learned a thing or two!

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on October 02, 2012:

I had no idea that there were any other uses for breast milk. I really enjoyed this hub.

Sasha Kim (author) on September 30, 2012:

Jpcmc, I completely agree with you! That is exactly why I added the little disclaimer near the top of the hub. I've checked with my doctor for a few of them and so far she's given me the go ahead ^_^ Thank you for your great comment!

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on September 30, 2012:

We can market breastmilk easily! LOL

But moms should always consult doctors and professionals first. The proteins and sugars in the breastmilk can become irritants when not properly used.

Sasha Kim (author) on September 15, 2012:

Veronica, Congratulations on you soon to be bundle of joy! Most moms have plenty of milk to spare so have fun using your cure all mommy juice ^_^ Thank you so much for your lovely comment, votes and pin!!

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on September 15, 2012:

I had no idea! I am awaiting the arrival of my little one anytime now, and will definitely keep this in mind! It's so amazing to me that we have the power to do such great things... naturally! :)

Voted up, useful, interesting, & pinned!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 09, 2012:

Thank you Rajan! You are the King of Healthy hubs, I'm so happy you like mine.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 09, 2012:

Sasha, these are unusual but awesome uses all the same. No doubt breast milk is rated the best milk for babies.

Voted up and interesting.

Sasha Kim (author) on September 04, 2012:

Thank you Girishpuri ^_^ I'm thankful for your comment and so happy you liked the hub.

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on September 04, 2012:

Great to know that Mother milk is so cure all, great useful hub, thanks.

Sasha Kim (author) on September 03, 2012:

Thank you Nell! I wish I would have known when I had my first as well ^_^ Your comment and vote is greatly appreciated!

Nell Rose from England on September 03, 2012:

Who would have thought it? Wow! it was a long time ago I had my son, I wish I had known all this then! amazing hub, voted up! cheers nell

Sasha Kim (author) on September 02, 2012:

That's what I was thinking too! ^_^

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 02, 2012:

So that's why breast-fed babies thrive!

Sasha Kim (author) on September 02, 2012:

Thank you so much Vespa ^_^ I didn't write a background... I should have. There are some explanations as to why these would work. Breast milk is antibacterial and not only inhibits the growth of pathogens but actively reduces them. On top of all the vitamins, enzymes... to promote healing making it just as good as any over the counter ointment. Thank you again, you comment and vote are greatly appreciated!! ^_^

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 02, 2012:

Home remedies are big here in Peru. I've heard of most of these uses for breast milk but wrote them off as myths. Now I have to say, I'm beginning to rethink my closed-minded view! It makes sense, actually, since there could hardly be a more natural food tailored to human needs. Voted up! Another great hub, Mama Kim!

Sasha Kim (author) on August 31, 2012:

Alicia, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment ^_^ When you happen to have an abundance of breast milk at your disposal and then read something about how it's supposed to help something that just happens to be an issue... well why not try it, couldn't hurt right? ^_^ I've been very happy with the results so far. Thank you again ^_^

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 31, 2012:

This is very interesting information, Mama Kim 8 - and what I find especially interesting is that you've found that some of these home remedies actually work! I had no idea that breast milk was so useful!

Sasha Kim (author) on August 31, 2012:

Of course! Your awesome ^_^

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 31, 2012:

Oh wow. I didn't expect a shout out! :) Thanks. :)

Sasha Kim (author) on August 30, 2012:

Glad you liked it Michelle ^_^ Thank you for the votes too! I was surprised myself by all the things people claim it's good for ^_^ I've tested some but not all. So far so good!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 30, 2012:

Phew, this is detailed, Kim. Didn't know that breast milk has so many uses! Thanks for the information, votes up and away!

Sasha Kim (author) on August 30, 2012:

# 29, all yours Julie ^_^ thanks again

Sasha Kim (author) on August 30, 2012:

Oh wow! That is fantastic Julie! ^_^ I should see if my doggies like them. I bet its great for them too! thank you! Give me a minute.. I'll add that to the hub and with credit to you.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on August 30, 2012:

This was great!! You forgot one though :P You see, I had frozen breastmilk in ice cube trays, but it got freezer burn and I didn't want to use it. One day, as I was popping them out of the tray, one fell on the floor. My dog ate it up and apparently it was like the equivalent of steak. Every time I opened the freezer, I would give him one of my old freezer burned breastmilk ice cubes (cause I couldn't bear to throw them away). He would come running!! I probably could have made a killing on doggie treats. LOL :P

Sasha Kim (author) on August 30, 2012:

Marlene, thank you so much for stopping by ^_^ I know what you mean.. there are a bunch of patients the hospitals use it on that I didn't even mention. I so need to get a "got milk?" tee! ^_^

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 30, 2012:

Wow! I'm starting to wonder what breast milk would NOT be able to cure. Breast milk adds a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Got milk?"

Sasha Kim (author) on August 30, 2012:

Shelley, Wonderful seeing you this morning ^_^ I didn't even know all of these until I did the research, crazy ^_^ Thank you very much for your comment and votes!

Shelley Watson on August 30, 2012:

I would never have thought there could be so many uses for breast milk. Superb job, voted up, interesting and useful.

Sasha Kim (author) on August 30, 2012:

Thank you Terrye! Thank you so much for the comment and votes ^_^ love hearing from you.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 30, 2012:

That is some very interesting ways to use breast milk, Mama Kim. :) Voted up and more. :)

Sasha Kim (author) on August 29, 2012:

Thundermama! I'm so happy you liked it ^_^ I have seborrheic dermatitis, a type of eczema and it helps a ton! Thank you for the comment and vote ^_^

Catherine Taylor from Canada on August 29, 2012:

Fantastic! Who knew "mommy milk," was such a fantastic cure all. I have a close friend who is nursing who I plan on hitting up for a jar of milk to help with my eczema. Voted way up!

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