Quick, what medicine can cure insect bites, warts, acne, a stuffy nose and ear infections?
We all know that breastmilk does wonders for children as a source of nutrition. But did you know you can also use it as a natural, gentle remedy for all sorts of minor ailments? Misty Morgan over at Everything Changes has done a wonderful job putting together a list of things breastmilk can do.
My first child had an ear infection or two when he was pretty little. We had to put him on antibiotics, because both times it a seemed to come at an inopportune time. Like right before a major trip. (Airplanes and ear infections just don’t mix.)
If we’d had more time, perhaps I could have put a few drops of breastmilk in his ear and then watched to see the results before turning to antibiotics.
It might be weird to do at first, but, hey, if it works, it’s gotta be better than synthetic medicines with miserable side effects, right?
After the baby is here in November, perhaps I’ll pump a little bit on the side just to have an extra supply on hand. I’m not thinking for our Cheerios. And I hardly need it for eye makeup remover. But if an eye infection or cradle cap shows up, maybe my breastmilk stash will be a viable first line of treatment.
And even if I don’t ever have to use it on my children, maybe I can donate the milk to another mom and child in need.
How about you? Have you tried using breastmilk for anything beyond feeding your baby?