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Friday, March 28, 2014

Five Surprising Alternative Uses for Breast Milk #breastfeeding




Guest Writer/Blogger: Umm Lyla
Donation-
You've heard of Blood and even sperm banks, but have what about a milk bank?
Lactating women across the U.S and Canada are bottling and donating their breast milk to local milk banks, who sell it to hospitals and anyone with a physician’s prescription. From there it is given to premature infants in the NICU, providing high quality nutrition. It’s easy for their little tummies to digest and gives them immunities milk-based formula lacks. In order to donate women must have given birth in the last six months, be non-smokers, and drug-free.



Skin Moisturizer-
If you suffer from pesky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis or acne you could use a steroid cream to take care of it but that’s no fun. Instead, try rubbing a little breast milk on the troubled areas and let air dry. Antibodies found in breast milk keep your skin clean and destroy bacteria. Don’t limit yourself to just skin care though because this liquid gold also helps heal and soothe diaper rash, cradle cap, nasal congestion and pink eye. If you prefer using lotions, simply make your own using breast milk! Plenty of recipes for these homemade creams can be found with a simple Google search.



Jewelry-
Sentimental mothers are taking baby keepsakes go the next level and forever immortalizing their nursing days into fashionable jewelry. Several Online shops offer this off-beat service, taking a few precious drops of your breast milk and returning it back to you in petrified, bead form. The milk beads are highly customizable and are offered in a variety of designs. Several shops will even inscribe your child's name on the adornments, or include a personalized message. Whether you're wearing your petrified body fluid on your neck or next to some gems as a bracelet, it will never go bad.

Birth control-
Women that are exclusively breastfeeding may not need to worry about birth control. Countless medical studies have shown that a lactating woman's menstruation is delayed for the first six months after childbirth, making pregnancy highly unlikely. Sound too good to be true? It's not. When a woman is breastfeeding, she does not release the hormones that signal her body to ovulate. Of course, nothing is fool proof and safe sex should always be practiced. Using a secondary form of birth control such as condoms is recommended.


Cancer patients-
It's widely known that breast milk is best for infant nutrition, but did you know cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy consume this miracle milk to alleviate harsh side effects like nausea and irritable bowel?  Though not endorsed by medical professionals and considered an alternative treatment, breast milk is also highly effective in boosting the immune system and has been given to patients undergoing major life-threatening surgeries like organ transplants. As if soothing upset stomachs and strengthening immunities weren't enough, researchers in Sweden believe they have found a compound in breast milk that may kill cancerous cells and reduce tumors.


Visit www.themommiesnetwork.org for Breastfeeding Support and more information about breastfeeding, milk donation and other topics of interest.

Thank you to our guest blogger Umm Lyla for an informative article about alternative uses for breast milk.


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  1. Great idea, this post makes me miss breastfeeding my youngest son. ;)

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