It makes me chuckle that people can get a little put off at the thought of someone else’s breastmilk going near them. IT’S JUST MILK! Just like the white stuff you get from a cow! Not for nothing, but you don’t know where that cow has been! Why would someone’s breastmilk turn you off? Did you know that there are other uses for breastmilk besides drinking? I learned this early on when I had my toddler. Immediately after starting to breastfeed, I developed extremely sore nipples. The skin actually started to shed and I ended up with cracked, scabby nipples. (Is that image too graphic?) The lactation consultant in the hospital suggested I rub my own breastmilk on my nipples to alleviate the soreness. It wasn’t sticky the way some lanolin creams can be, plus it was totally safe for baby!
When my little girl developed diaper rash, I researched the best treatment for newborn rashes. I was afraid to use anything too harsh on her new skin, and she was already very uncomfortable. I was actually shocked to find out that a little breastmilk left to dry on the rash would aid in healing her skin. Apparently this also works for acne! Who knew! This left me very curious. If breastmilk can be used to soothe skin, what else can this miracle liquid do?
From pink eye to stuffy noses, breastmilk can heal, soothe, boost immunity, unclog tear ducts, and even clean your contacts! Yes- it is STERILE, therefore it can clean your contacts and lubricate your eyes! I finally understood why they called breastmilk “liquid gold.” It has a lot of medicinal uses and can promote healing in so many instances. Go ahead, do a web search for “breastmilk uses” and see what comes up!