Most of us already know the benefits of breast milk for feeding a baby, but did you know it has other uses?
Breast milk contains antibodies that help fight off viruses and bacteria. It has amazing healing power and the best part is that it's completely FREE!
1. Apply to sore or cracked nipples
A study has found that when applying breast milk to sore and cracked nipples, healing time was faster than using lanolin cream.
2. Add it to a bath
Breast milk is great for moisturising dry or sensitive skin. Just mix enough in the bath until it becomes a bit cloudy for maximum benefit.
3. Treating cuts or sores
Breast milk has natural antiseptic properties, which can be applied on minor cuts or sores to reduce burning and stinging. The antibody IgA prevents germs from forming on the wound and helps speed up the healing process. Apply the breast milk with cotton wool and allow it to fully dry.
4. Cradle Cap
Rubbing breast milk into your baby’s head can help clear up cradle cap. Just rub into the scalp consistently over a few days and you will start to see an improvement.
5. Nappy Rash
Research has proven that breast milk is just as effective at reducing nappy rash as hydrocortisone 1% cream.
Make breast milk ice blocks for your baby to suck on to soothe their sore gums. Nuk have a great set purpose made moulds perfect for little hands.
7. Use in cooking when introducing solids
If you are making your own purees, breast milk can be added to smooth the consistency of foods like potato, sweet potato and pumpkin. It can also be mixed with rice cereal.