12 amazing uses for breast milk (aside from breastfeeding)

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Sore throat soother

Breast milk’s antibacterial properties can help soothe sore throats. If you can face it, drink a glass or gargle for the same effect.

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Ear treatment

A few drops of breast milk administered into the entrance of your baby’s ear canal can help clear up her ear infection. ‘Breast milk is an effective and fast acting alternative for sinus infections and as ear infections as it’s filled with antibodies,’ says breastfeeding expert Geraldine Miskin.

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Eye treatment

Apply a small amount of breast milk to a cotton wool pad and dab it around your baby’s eye contour to help soothe pink eye and sties.

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Apply to cracked, sore nipples

Breast milk’s healing benefits can be used for breastfeeding in more than one – you can dab it around your nipples to soothe them once you’ve finished your baby’s feed.

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Although the idea of rubbing your breast milk all over your and your baby’s skin may seem a little odd, it could help relieve sunburn symptoms. It’s gentle on the skin and may help it heal.

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Nappy rash

Just like breast milk can help soothe your sore nipples, it may also help heal your baby’s nappy rash. Just rub a small amount onto the affected a few times a day.

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Cuts and scratches

Because it’s sterile and has antiseptic, antibacterial and healing properties, breast milk can be used to disinfect small open wounds – without the sting!

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Cradle cap

Some mums swear by using breast milk to help get rid of cradle cap. Massage a little into your baby’s scalp – there’s no need to wash it off.

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Donate it

If you don’t fancy using your milk for anything aside from baby feeding, you can donate it to breast milk banks to allow mums unable to provide their own milk to give it to their baby. There are some milk banks in UK hospitals, run by small teams of nurses attached to the neonatal units. Even as little as a tablespoon can provide up to 15 feeds! Find out more by visiting the United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking.

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Facial treatment

Some mums use their breast milk to help soothe their adult acne or skin conditions as it’s antibacterial and can help clear up your complexion. Simply apply your milk to your face and wipe clean.

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