When breast milk is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is a baby’s perfect source of nutrition. While this may true, there are natural antibodies found in breast milk, along with it’s anti-infectious, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, that makes it possible to use for more than just a source of food for infants.
There are many medical uses of breastmilk by hospitals and asides the treatment of many types of patients, there are also some interesting home remedies that breast milk can be used as a treatment for.
In this article, we have listed some alternative uses of breast milk asides the feeding of infants. However, keep in mind that there is not necessarily any medical proof that any of these treatments actually work, or whether they can cause more harm than good.
Here are 11 breast milk home remedies:
Immune System Booster
Breast milk is believed to serve as an immune booster and those who are sick are advised to drink breast milk. It is also believed that breast milk shortens the length and severity of a cold. Breast milk can help cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, and people with infectious diseases to strengthen their immune system.
Sometimes, after surgery of the intestines, the surgical patients are provided with breast milk to help patients with nutrition and promote healing.
Eye Infections and Ear Infections
There are some cultures around the world where it is believed that breast milk can be used to treat eye infections and pink eye (conjunctivitis). It has also been thought to help heal an ear infection.
Some claim that if you put breast milk on a wart, the wart will dry up and fall off.
Cuts, Minor Burns, and Small Wounds
Breast milk has been used for cuts, burns, and wounds to help wounds heal and prevent them from becoming infected.
When used as a gargle, breast milk is said to relieve a sore throat.
Itching and Stinging
Breast milk has been used on the skin to relieve the sting and itching of insect bites, bee stings, chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
Sore, Cracked Nipples
Breast milk helps to relieve pain, prevent infection and assist in healing. Apply breast milk onto sore, cracked nipples for treatment.
Breast milk replaces cow's milk in cooking and baking. Just like goat's milk, or other cow's milk alternatives, it can be added to coffee and cereal or made into butter, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products.
N.B: The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.