You’re likely no stranger to the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk. Everything from reduced risk of allergies and skin conditions, like eczema, to protection against common infection, diabetes, even SIDS, all thanks to its immune-boosting antibodies and health-filled enzymes. With all of those impressive benefits, there’s no denying that breast milk certainly lives up to its golden reputation (which may be why so many moms refer to it as liquid gold).
And with so much to offer, it certainly begs the question: why not try it for other health remedies, besides only feeding your child? At the very least, it certainly couldn’t hurt. Well, as long as you’re not using it to care for yeast-based infections (e.g., thrush, athlete’s foot, ringworm…etc.).
Now before you plan to incorporate breast milk into every medical treatment plan (because, why not?), just remember that it’s not a replacement for care from your primary care provider or your child’s pediatrician—the health experts that understand your family’s unique health needs best. So, with that disclaimer in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the most helpful ways you can use mother’s own milk:
Rashes & Eczema & Overall Itchiness—Oh My!
Whether it’s an allergic reaction, diaper rash, chronic dry skin, or an unfortunate encounter with that weird looking bush on your walking trail; adding breast milk to your bath or rubbing it directly on skin, can help to soothe even the most stubborn of skin ailments.
Ear Infections, Pink Eye & Sore Throats (otherwise known as every new mom’s Saturday night)
While pediatricians may not necessarily choose breast milk as their go-to course of treatment, breast milk can be a huge help here (thanks to the antibodies found in it). In addition to treating these uncomfortable symptoms of infection, you can also drink breast milk at the onset of cold or flu symptoms for an immune boost.
Cracked Nipples, Post-partum Pimples & Hair Loss (why didn’t anyone tell me about these symptoms?)
While you may be prepared for hemorrhoids, vaginal soreness and breast tenderness; brace yourself for cracked nipples, postpartum pimples, and hair loss, which are also a part of the postpartum process. So instead of using that endless arsenal of beauty products trying to treat these embarrassing symptoms, try opting for freshly expressed milk instead.
Getting back to breastfeeding basics.
Even though we could sit here all day and talk about the endless benefits of breast milk (did we mention wound healing, wart treatment and nutritional cooking?)
But the hard truth is that it isn’t always easy. In fact, between common breastfeeding conditions, time constraints and many other difficulties, it can feel downright overwhelming.
That’s why, as a baby-friendly facility, the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion offers an extensive array of support services, including: a dedicated team of board-certified lactation consultants, breastfeeding classes and Support groups and a Lactation Help Line, all to help provide a positive breastfeeding experience for you and your baby.