After I wrote Lesson 60: Drug Your Baby, a friend of mine reminded me of one alternative treatment that can be used for a number of things: breastmilk (I can’t believe I didn’t have it on my original post!).
Before I started breastfeeding, I never even imagined that there was any other purpose for breastmilk than to nourish my child. Who knew that stuff was so versatile? No wonder so many people refer to it as “liquid gold.”
I’ve used breastmilk myself to treat the following:
Conjunctivitis.Yup, I pinned my baby down and squirted him in the eye with breastmilk. His pinkeye was gone the very next day. Just express some milk and, using a dropper, put 2 drops of milk in the affected eye.
Congestion.Put a few drops in your baby’s nose to help clear up congestion.
Ear infections. Put 3-4 drops around the entrance of the ear canal (not directly in it). Some ear infections may require the use of antibiotics and, if you read my previous post, you know I don’t encourage anybody to replace modern medicine (when needed) with alternative treatments. However, many infections are viral and cannot be treated with antibiotics. Furthermore, you can use this alternative treatment in conjunction with antibiotics if they are prescribed–I’m fairly certain you won’t overdose your baby on breastmilk.
Minor cuts and scratches.When J was very little and would scratch his face with his nails, I would dab a little breastmilk on the cuts and they usually healed up within 24 hours. I still use it for little cuts and scratches.
Teething.Express breastmilk, freeze it in covered ice cube trays, then put it in a mesh feeder (be careful about cleaning and storing these because they can mildew quickly). Baby can suck and gnaw on it. I imagine just the cold is what soothes the gums, but at least you know he’s getting something good as it melts!
I’ve never used it for the following purposes (either because I never needed it or because I didn’t think about it when I would have needed it), but I’ve read that breastmilk can be used for the following:
- Contact solution
- Wart remover
- Diaper rash
- Acne and eczema
- Mosquito bites and stings
- Help a circumcision heal faster
Aaaannnndddd…..deodorant and facial cleanser. Yup. I draw the line there for sure, but to each their own, right??
If I have left anything off this list, please feel free to share your experiences in the comments!