25 Healing Uses for Breast Milk for Moms & Kids

Nicole Fabian-Weber | May 22, 2014 Baby
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  • Diaper Rash

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    Breast milk can be used to treat inflamed, red baby bottoms. Simply dab a few drops on and let air dry before putting diaper back on.

  • Itches & Bites

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    Got a mosquito bite? Dab some breast milk on -- it's said to heal itches and bites quicker than commercial remedies.

  • Makeup Remover

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    Yes, makeup remover. Breast milk can be used like a cold cream to remove makeup. Apply some to a cotton ball and swipe clean as you would store-bought makeup remover. It can also be applied directly to the face.

  • Eczema

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    Breast milk can do wonders to heal dry patches of eczema, as it contains natural moisturizers. Rub a small amount onto the affected area, and it should clear up faster than it otherwise would have.

  • Cracked Nipples

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    Typically, nursing mamas use lanolin to help heal cracked and dry nipples, but breast milk may work even better. Squirt out a few drops and rub onto the affected area as often as needed.

  • Ear Infections

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    Some experts recommend parents put a few drops of breast milk in a child's ear to help clear it up faster. Simply put a few drops in every few hours. The infection may clear up quicker than with traditional antibiotics -- and it's much cheaper!

  • Poison Ivy

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    Soaking a cotton ball in breast milk and applying it to poison ivy every few hours will help relieve itching.

  • Clogged Tear Ducts

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    Some moms swear by breast milk for clearing up clogged tear ducts. Apply some to a cotton ball and dab the eye area a few times a day.

  • Baby Acne

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    Using breast milk on baby acne can aid in clearing it up. Rub it on baby's face with a clean finger a few times a day and let air dry.

  • Burns

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    Some moms claim breast milk mixed with a little bit of mashed up blueberries works wonders on burns. Apply directly to the skin.

  • Sunburn

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    Gently patting a few drops of breast milk onto sunburns helps soothe the skin and ease the pain.

  • Warts

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    Breast milk-saturated cotton balls applied twice a day on warts may dry them up faster.

  • Cold Sores & Fever Blisters

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    Pat a cold sore or fever blister with a cotton ball soaked in breast milk to help promote healing and ease pain.

  • Sore Throat

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    Gargling with breast milk may help relieve the pain of sore throats.

  • Congestion in Older Children & Adults

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    Putting a few drops of breast milk inside a stuffed nose a few times a day may help clear nasal passages.

  • Chicken Pox

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    Putting a few drops of breast milk on chicken pox sores a few times a day should help with uncomfy itchiness.

  • Rashes & Contact Dermatitis

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    Fimby/Flickr

    Breast milk can help relieve discomfort from rashes and contact dermatitis in both adults and children. Rub on skin a few times a day.

  • Wound Cleaning

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    Juhan Sonin/Flickr

    In a pinch, if you're away from home and someone gets hurt, breast milk can be applied to wounds to keep clean until you have access to another cleaning agent.

  • Puffy Eye Treatment

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    Soaking cotton balls in breast milk and applying to eyes for a few minutes can aid in depuffing eyes.

  • Milk Substitute

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    For children who are sensitive to cow's milk, moms can substitute breast milk in baking and cooking.

  • Sexual Lubricant

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    In need of a lubricant? Breast milk can help you with that. Put a few drops down there, as you would any lubricant.

  • Cradle Cap

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    NHS

    Try massaging a few drops of breast milk onto baby's scalp a few times a day to help clear up cradle cap.

  • Pink Eye

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    A drop or two of breast milk expressed into a cup and then applied with a clean eyedropper a few times a day may help clear up pink eye.
  • Chapped Lips

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    Thanks to its moisturizing properties, breast milk can be applied to lips as often as you like to heal dryness.

  • Contact Lens Moisturizer

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    Lenore Edman/Flickr

    If you happen to find yourself with dry contacts and no rewetting drops, breast milk can be used to help moisten them. Apply a bit on your finger, rub on lenses, and voila.