Vlogger Criticized for Controversial Breast Milk Hack: Is It Really Dangerous? (VIDEO)

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The truth is that when you're sick, going to the doctor and then to the pharmacy to get a prescription filled may very well be the last thing you want to do. Better yet, you may have alternative tricks up your sleeve that are sure to have you feeling better in a flash. But if your trick is using breast milk to treat pink eye, you may want to think twice before posting a YouTube video about it.


A beauty vlogger named Jackie Aina, who has her own channel called "Makeup Game On Point," is under fire for doing exactly that. In a recent clip, she explained that upon getting an eye infection, she researched her options online and read that breast milk is a conjunctivitis cure. Being that her BFF was breastfeeding at the time, she asked her to supply a small amount of her milk, and then, Jackie used a clean cotton swab to apply it to her eye area three or four times daily.   

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"The next day, the swelling that started was starting to appear in my eye went away completely," she explains. "It never came back honey. Get you some breast milk."

What a miracle! Except now, the beauty vlogger is facing an onslaught of criticism from outraged commenters.

Check out the clip in question:

Shocked by Jackie's suggestion, one of the many shocked commenters wrote that the "hack" can be "very dangerous, as breast milk is a bodily fluid that can transmit many infections/diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, CMV, some Herpes viruses and more." 'Course, who's to say these faceless folks on the Internet have their facts straight, too?

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The truth of the matter is that breast milk can transmit some infections and diseases, HIV being a biggie. The CDC recommends that infected women refrain from breastfeeding to avoid transmission of HIV to their infants through breast milk. The STD, cytomegalovirus (CMV) can be transmitted, as well.

That said, when it comes to other viral diseases like herpes viruses, parvovirus, hepatitis A, B, and C, and rubella, the virus is often demonstrated in the breast milk, but transmission is very rare, notes an abstract in the journal Advances in Nutritional Research.

Still, concerned commenters have a point. "In general, it is recommended that breast milk be consumed by the mother's own child (although, properly screened donated milk can be given to a child in need)," says Paula White, MD, OB/GYN at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Illinois. "We would not recommend using breast milk in the eye."

At the very least, you should definitely speak with your doctor before using breast milk to treat an infection.

Ultimately, for a beauty vlogger to advise people borrow their BFFs' bodily fluid for pink eye ... well, probably not the best idea. But hey, you gotta give Jackie credit for taking her health into her own hands. But next time, she might want to keep her most controversial medical tips to herself.

What do you think about this vlogger's advice? Would you ever use your friend's breast milk for an eye infection?


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