Breast milk is full of proteins, vitamins, antibodies and fats, all of which are essential to your baby’s brain development and overall health. Here are some of the many additional ways in which it can help your baby… and you!
Breast milk helps heal:
Clogged tear ducts
Small scrapes and burns
Mom’s cracked or sore nipples
And so much more!
For most of these issues you can simply apply a small amount of breast milk to the affected area and let it dry. You can also freeze it into little pops to soothe teething pain. For skin and diaper area issues, you may want to make a lotion. Below is a simple recipe for a breast milk balm. Feel free to add baby safe essential oils such as lavender, but know that your breast milk is perfect the way it is. As far as “other stuff” goes, less is probably best. Remember to keep refrigerated, marking the date it was made and trying to use it up within the month.
3 oz of breast milk
3 oz of pure grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon of Beeswax
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil (optional)
To begin, melt the beeswax with grape seed oil in a double boiler or pot. I personally do not recommend microwaving anything you will be making for your baby, especially if will be mixed with your precious breast milk! Once the wax is melted, gently whisk in the breast milk with the option of adding vitamin E and/or your essential oils at the very end. Voila! Liquid gold healing balm, literally designed for your baby.
Want more info on the components and benefits of breast milk? Check out this site! http://americanpregnancy.org/