Alternate Uses for Breast Milk

gingerpixel_photography__newborn_photography_1_15948We all know that Breast Milk is exactly what our babies need, but how about us?  What about those times when you run out of contact lens solution or  need a little extra help removing your eye makeup?  For all this and more, we have compiled a short list of some of the many interesting uses for human milk.

10.  Ice Lollies.  Okay, so technically this one  still involves consumption by your child, but it comes in super handy for teething babies with red, swollen gums or for sick toddlers (and older kids as well!)  whose sore throats are soothed by the icy, sweet treat.  As an added benefit, breastmilk is filled with antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well as being a great source of maternal antibodies, so that ice lolly can go a long way in helping them to feel better, faster.

9.  Contact Lens Solution: Breastmilk is a sterile solution and can be safely used to store contact lenses or refresh lenses that have gone dry throughout the day.

8. Conjunctivitis / Plugged ducts:  With it’s mild antibiotic properties, breastmilk is a natural, effective choice when it comes to treating eye infections in children and adults alike.  Just squirt a little of the good stuff directly in the affected eye several times a day until the infection clears up.  The same is true of ear infections.

7. Sticking with the eyes, breast milk also makes a handy dandy eye makeup remover!  For those days when you find yourself too lazy to seek out the baby wipes, just express a little milk onto a piece of tissue or cotton wool and wipe.  Job done!

6. Insect Bites: Dab a little bit of breast milk on your bites to relieve itching and swelling and help reduce the risk of infection.

5. Using a plastic syringe or nose bulb thingy, squirt a shot of breast milk into your little one’s nose to help clear a stuffy nose.

4.  Acne Treatment:  Wash your face with a mild soap or cleanser then apply breast milk to  affected areas and air dry.  It can also be dabbed directly onto cold sores to soothe pain and help speed up the healing process.

3. Nappy Rash:  Next to air time, breast milk is one of the best ways to help soothe and heal nappy rash.  Simply apply it to the affected area and allow to air dry.

2. Breast Milk Butter: I have not done this one myself but would LOOOOOOOVE to hear about it if you give it a try! Simply express a small bottle of breast milk and shake well for 5 minutes.  The cream layer of the milk should form into a butter which can then be spread on the bread or biscuit of your choice!

1. Milk Donation:  As many fun and interesting uses we can find for breast milk, the greatest one will always be for feeding babies and for some sick and premature babies, human milk can mean the difference between life and death.  The Human Milk Bank in Fermanagh is the only milk bank for both Northern Ireland as well as the republic.  Every year, the milk bank accepts donations of breast milk from mothers all over Ireland.  The milk is then screened and pasteurized before being sent out to neo natal units across the country where it is given to our smallest and most vulnerable babies for whom artificial feeding is not an option.   For more information or to find out how you can become a milk donor, go to http://216.172.166.120/~lactate/?page_id=45#cofermanagh.  When it comes to human milk, every drop counts.

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