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9 Surprising Uses for Breast Milk

9 uses for breast milk by author Mayim BialikFrom treating baby acne to ingrown toenails, Mayim Bialik, author of Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, shares how she used “nature’s miracle medicine” for her two young sons—besides feeding.

• Applied to cracked or tender nipples: it’s the one nipple cream you know does not need to be wiped off before nursing again!

• Squirted in tiny noses on airplanes or anywhere germs seek to land and make homes in sensitive nasal passages; the milk provides a coating of the nasal membrane and the tickle factor encourages sneezing out of said germs.

• Dripped into eyes with plugged ducts, redness, or signs of infection (check with your pediatrician first to rule out a more serious problem).

• Used on diaper rash; does not make the tush smelly or sticky; it simply absorbs and works incredibly.

• Used on baby acne, heat rash, and other skin bumps.

• Did you know that superfleshy, roly-poly babies, even if bathed regularly, can accumulate a very nasty stinky substance in the folds of their armpits, necks (and multiple chins), and groins? Fred’s armpits would get so irritated from the aforementioned stinky stuff that his skin would start to crack. Guess what? Breastmilk makes it go away and heals the skin at the same time! Amazing.

• Dropped into ears during the common cold to prevent the development of ear infection.

• Rubbed on ingrown toenails (this one shocked me!). I waited patiently for weeks with no luck for Fred’s tiny ingrown toenail to grow out and for the redness and swelling to go away. Then I tried breastmilk: it was healed in a day.

• Dabbed on cuts and scrapes: it is a natural antibiotic! Once he weaned, my older son started to balk when I tried to use breastmilk on his boo-boos, so I would put a drop of it onto his Band-Aids unbeknownst to him and then bring in the Band-Aid…does this make me a bad mom? I hope not.

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