Breast milk has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It was even recommended both topically and internally by physicians for a variety of complaints in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In addition to providing essential nourishment to infants, breast milk has a number of medicinal uses, for both children and adults, due to its immunologic properties. Some medical experts are convinced that breast milk can induce apoptosis in some types of cancer cells (my dad used a colostrum based product to get over his latest bought of cancer). The antibacterial and healing properties of breast milk are often overlooked, but breast milk contains strong antibodies and antitoxins that promote healing of minor illnesses and injuries, and better overall health. Read below for how it is used to promote healing in a number of conditions:
Conjuctivitis- or commonly known as pink eye, is a type of eye infection that is highly contagious and very unpleasant to have. It causes the eye to become inflamed, crusted, and sore. A particular antibody in the breast milk, called immunoglobulin A, prevents the pink eye bacteria from attaching to the mucosal surface of the eye. This limits the growth of the bacteria, helping to end the eye infection. If you develop pinkeye, simply squirt a little breast milk directly onto the surface of your eye. Lift your eyelid slightly to help the breast milk circulate underneath. Continue this treatment three times a day for a couple of days, or until the eye infection has cleared. If your symptoms persist or worsen, though, seek medical advice. If you were treating your infant's eyes for Pink Eye, the best result would be to wait until the baby is asleep. Some babies can be treated while awake, however, it may be difficult. You should squirt the milk around the crease of the closed eye and then gently lift the eyelids and allow all of the breastmilk to seep into the closed eye.
Sore Nipples- Lanolin and other creams can be effective in reducing the pain and in helping to heal any cracked skin, but because of the antibodies that breast milk contains, breast milk itself can also be effective in reducing pain and healing cracks. Simply apply a thin coating of breast milk to your nipples and allow them to air dry. The antibodies will kill any infection that may be beginning in your nipples and will encourage healing any sore spots. Research has actually proven that rubbing breastmilk on sore, cracked nipples leads to shorter healing times than using lanolin.
Ear infections- pour a bit of expressed milk into the ear, or if your aim is good enough then squirt it directly in.
Yeast infections- I’ll leave the description of application to the imagination.
Sore throats- breast feeding babies and children can simply suck, but anyone who is prepared to try some can find comfort from drinking expressed breast milk whatever their age. Also helpful for canker sores, cold sores, and fever blisters. Gargle.
Skin healing- Itchiness, insect bites, chicken pox, dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, warts, ulcers and acne can all be improved by applying milk to the area, and allowing it to air dry. It is also known to be used as a facial cleanser and make-up remover. Can also be used for chapped lips or deodorant. American scientists found that a component of breastmilk, called lauric acid, which also is found in coconut oil, has acne-fighting qualities.
Facial Cleanser- Breastmilk holds the ability to clean the skin very well. You should apply the breastmilk on the face and wipe it clean. Believe it or not, breastmilk can remove eye makeup.
Stuffy Nose- If your infant has a stuffy nose, all you have to do is squirt a few droplets of milk into the nose and then suction or squeeze out; follow the same procedures as you would for saline.
Immunity Boost- If your older children are getting sick or they just need a little pick me up, you can give them breastmilk in order to boost their immune system.
Eye Puffiness and Redness- You can squirt breastmilk into the eye to cure puffiness and redness.
Breast Cancer- Breastfeeding your infant is one of the best ways to prevent breast cancer from developing in you. Breastfeeding provides a means of protection for you from getting the disease.
Chicken Pox- You can use breastmilk to help ease the pain of itching by using the same as you would Calamine Lotion or any other ointment.
Leg Ulcers- You can squirt breastmilk on leg ulcers in order to clear them up.
Clinical Uses of Donor Breast Milk-· Prematurely· Malabsorbtion syndromes· Renal failure· Inborn errors of metabolism· Cardiac problems· Pediatric burn cases· Failure to thrive· Short-gut syndrome· Feeding intolerance· Post Surgical· Bronchi pulmonary dysplasia
Medicinal/Therapeutic uses of Donor Breast Milk-· Treatment for infectious diseases· Intractable diarrhea· Gastrontentis· Infantile botulism· Sepsis· Pneumonia· Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis
Post Surgical Healing-· Omphaloele· Gastroschisis· Intestinal Obstruction/bowel fistula· Colostomy ReparDonor Breast milk can also help with immunodeficiency diseases, severe allergies, IGA deficiencies, and solid organ transplant.
Diaper rash- Breastmilk can heal a diaper rash as well as any rash cream on the market. Even better, there is no risk of allergic reaction to make the rash worse. Simply rub in a few drops of breastmilk on the affected area as often as needed, and allow to air-dry before putting a diaper back on.
Sinus, ear, and eye infections- If you or your child has a sinus, ear, or eye infection, a few drops of breastmilk will work wonders in clearing it up. Breastmilk has natural antibodies which kill infection without the harmful side effects of synthetic antibiotics, and can be administered as often as necessary without risk of overdose.
Chemo patients- Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment often have severe nausea after treatment. These patients can use breastmilk to calm their stomachs, help with digestion, and strengthen their weakened immune systems.
Burn patients- Burn victims can use breastmilk to help heal and protect their skin. The fat in breastmilk is an excellent skin soother and softener, and the antibodies help prevent infection.
Organ transplant patients- Patients who receive donor organs often use breastmilk to help fight infection after surgery. Organ donors can also benefit from the immunity-boosting properties of breastmilk while healing from their surgery.