35 Breast Milk Home Remedies—Free Printable!

Breast milk is nature’s liquid gold. Not only is it a wonderful aid in building your baby’s immune system, it has many other health benefits that researchers and moms are just starting to discover.

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Over the past couple of years as a mom, I have often heard tips from other moms on how to treat common childhood illnesses. It is amazing how many times I have been told “put a little breast milk on it.” Even more amazing is how many times it has actually worked! Our family has used breast milk for so many different things—ear and eye infections, cuts and scrapes, common cold and flu discomforts—breast milk has literally saved us a ton of trips to the doctor!

Because I am such a fan of the powerful healing properties of breast milk, I created a list of the things breast milk has been known to treat. Some of these items we have personally had success with, some are tips shared from other moms and some are items I found while researching breast milk’s healing properties.

A great way to always keep breast milk on hand is to fill an ice cube tray with breast milk and when it’s frozen, pop the breast milk cubes out and store in an air-tight container in the freezer. We like to use the ice cube method so we always have just the right amount on hand for treating ailments!

35 Home Remedies for Breast Milk

Ear infections—Breast milk is my favorite treatment for ear infections. The last ear infection my son had, I put a bit of breast milk inside his ear and I could not believe how much better he seemed to be feeling after I treated him. He went from screaming in pain to his normal self in just about an hour’s time!

Eye infections/Pink Eye—Breast milk is very effective in treating eye infections, including pink eye. Just place three or four drops in the infected eye three times per day and it has been known to clear it up in about a week.

Yeast infections—Breast milk kills unhealthy bacteria that create diaper yeast infections. Treat your baby’s bottom with breast milk to help prevent and treat diaper yeast infections.

Baby Acne—I have been using breast milk to treat my daughter’s acne and have been very pleased with the results.

Teenage Acne—Clean face with breast milk two times per day to clear up acne breakouts. You can also add breast milk to an acne treatment mask and let sit for 15 minutes.

Cracked/Sore Nipples—Breast milk worked best for me when treating cracked and sore nipples in those first few weeks of breast feeding.

Circumcision Wounds—Apply breast milk to your baby’s circumcision wound to promote healing. We did this with our son and we thought his wound healed very quickly.

Common Cold—Breast milk can give your baby extra antibodies to fight off a cold. When your baby comes down with a cold try to nurse as often as possible to give your baby an extra immune boost to fight his/her cold.

Fevers—Breast milk will help boost your baby’s immune system to fight infection and help keep your baby hydrated.

Eczema—Breast milk is an ideal treatment for eczema because it is gentle on the skin and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that could aggravate the skin even more.

Skin Allergies—My son has a TON of allergies including skin allergies. I used to give him Zyrtec every time he had an allergy flare up but when a friend told me to try breast milk, I gave it a shot and it helped significantly!

Rashes—Treating a rash with breast milk not only will help treat the rash, but prevent it from spreading.

Bee Stings—Breast milk can help reduce the sting, pain and swelling from a bee sting.

Mosquito Bites—Similar to bee stings, breast milk can reduce swelling and itchiness from mosquito bites.

Diaper Rash—Breast milk is fantastic at treating diaper rashes. You also don’t have to worry about wiping chemically based creams and pastes off your child’s bottom, which at times, can aggravate the rash even more.

Cuts/Scrapes—We don’t even use Neosporin anymore; we just put a bit of breast milk on my son’s cuts and scrapes, place a bandage over it and it is usually scabbed over in a day or two!

Sleep Aid for Infants and Moms—Breast feeding releases sleep-inducing hormones in both the mom and baby to encourage a good night’s sleep.

Cradle Cap—Just place a bit of breast milk on your baby’s head, let sit for five minutes and comb through!

Chicken Pox—Breast milk can help relieve the itch and help heal any sores.

Constipation—Breastfed babies rarely get constipated.

Diarrhea—Similar to constipation, breastfed babies rarely suffer from diarrhea.

Prevents Illness in Breast-Feeding Mother—Reduces risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Clogged Tear Ducts—My daughter just had a clogged tear duct last weekend. It was a Sunday so we didn’t have access to our doctor so I put a little breast milk in her eye and by the next morning, it was all cleared up!

Congestion—Placing a few drops in your baby’s or child’s nostril can help clear up sinus congestion. It works just as well as over the counter medications without all the side effects!

Flu—Breast milk is known to be easy on the stomach and treat nausea, which can help a baby or child stay hydrated during a bout of the flu.

Contact Burns—Breast milk works wonders on contact burns. Just be sure to keep burns clean, and once you dab a little breast milk on it, be sure to wrap it with a sterile bandage to speed the healing along.

Sunburn—I used breast milk this past summer to treat sunburn and was amazed at how well it worked. It worked just as well as aloe, if not better. It eased my discomfort and my skin looked much better the next day.

Warts—My aunt gave me this trick. You can treat warts by placing a few drops of breast milk on your warts each day to help them dry up in about a week or two, depending on the size of the wart.

Puffy eyes—Breast milk has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and puffiness.

Dry skin treatment—Breast milk helps nourish and soften your skin. Place breast milk on dry skin patches or add a cup of milk to your next bath to soothe dry skin!

Chapped lips—Rubbing a bit of milk on you or your baby’s chapped lips should help provide immediate relief of sore, cracked lips.

Rosacea—Although there isn’t a ton of research on the effects of breast milk on Rosacea, a good friend of mine uses breast milk to treat hers and she swears by it. She claims breast milk has been the only effective method in treating her Rosacea.

Cancer—New research shows that breast milk may kill cancer cells and more and more doctors are using breast milk as a part of cancer patients’ treatment plans.

Chemo and Radiation Patients—Breast milk has been helpful to some patients in relieving side effects from chemo, including nausea and digestion difficulties.

Allergies—breastfed children are less likely to develop food allergies.

Be sure to download this free printable and put it on your fridge, you never know when you might need it!

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Do you have any additional home remedies you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!

*Please note: This article should NOT replace the advice of your doctor. Be sure to always consult your doctor before using breast milk to treat common ailments.

 

Comments

  1. Jessica says

    Thanks so much for sharing this list! As a huge “breastmilk for everything” advocate, I believe its important to let women know that lactation is a superpower! Sure, you might get strange looks for people who overhear you’ve cured an eczema outbreak with boob juice… but its worth it!

  2. says

    LOVE this!!! We used it to clear up my son’s clogged duct! We have also used it on his baby acne and it cleared it right up! Breast Milk is truly a wonderful and powerful thing!

  3. Angela says

    Makes me want to get the boobie juice flowing again. I bet I could still squeeze out a few drops :) Strange how I have the urge to want to breastfeed again!

  4. Allison says

    What do you think about using it for a toddler who is no longer breastfeeding to fight a cold or fever? Should I just give him a cup to drink? Or is that weird? lol

  5. says

    Allison, you should for sure give him breast milk! I give it to my toddler all the time when he is sick or if I catch a cold and don’t want him to get it, I will give it to him so he gets the antibodies that I am making to fight the cold! I hope he feels better soon!

  6. Stephanie says

    I nursed my preemie daughter until she was 1. I thought that frozen breast milk still expired?? She’s two now, so the milk is long gone, but I was just wondering.
    Great info!!

  7. Terri says

    Beside chickenpox you should also add “/shingles”. My husband was just diagnosed with shingles and we put BM on the blisters to see if it would help. It seemed to reduce the pain and the blisters crusted over within a day. It has been a week and they are almost completely healed now.

  8. Jenrose says

    Yeast infections are not caused by bacteria. They are fungal in nature. Breast milk can feed yeast.

    Great for burns, though…. my roommate burned her hand and I gave her less than a teaspoon of breastmilk–pain was gone almost instantly, and the burn almost resolved within hours.

  9. paras says

    thanxxxxx
    You gave us a treasure
    i knew few tips about bm bt really u r awsum & i really thank ful to u for such an amazing article u wrote nd it works
    i really very annoyed to see th doctor for any thing so that my mom said to me that use bm for it i go through and it works
    I experienced in flu, ear pain, nappie rash, cuts and burns .
    It is a liquid gold
    A super gift by ALLAH !

  10. Roisin says

    I gave a friend my milk to try on her sons stubborn eczema. She rubbed a bit in a few times a day and after 3 days it had cleared up and has never returned! Miracle cure!

  11. Emily says

    My son is just over 2 months old now! From just a few days old his left eye has been constantly goopey! The doctor has told us that it is due to a clogged tear duct and that he will just grow out of it! I had never heard of using breast milk for almost 90% of the things on here, but was curious about using it for his clogged duct! Is he too little and if not, how do I use it/apply it on such a lil guy?

  12. Lori says

    May be a dumb question, but will frozen breast milk work on some of these things (esp. pinkeye), and if so, how long can breast milk be frozen? We’re about to wean, but am wondering if I should keep some milk in the freezer in case we need it.

  13. Edi light says

    I had a yeast infection in my breast as a result of nursing. It was extremely painful! I started taking the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse (as recommended by my Dr). This coupled with diet change made such a difference! The Lady Soma Candida Cleanse is great for the immune system too so regardless of whether you have Candida you cant go wrong taking this supplement.

  14. says

    I tried this with a snotty nose this morning and his nose was clear for the first time in over a week! Breastmilk is awesome! (I also put some on his cradle cap, but I may need a different technique to get that right. :) ) Thanks for the ideas!

    • says

      Kiwi Mama,
      Cradle Cap can be such a nuisance! We have the best remedy HERE that has worked time and time again and it’s NATURAL! Breastmilk is awesome but for those really tricky cases, check that article out!

  15. Jodie says

    Breast milk is great for so many things. But not for a yeast infection, I think your list should be updated so moms won’t be mislead and use breast milk on their baby’s yeast rash which can make it worse. As another commenter said, yeast is caused by fungus that feeds on sugar. Breast milk applied topically will only strengthen the yeast.

  16. brittney says

    My mom has rosacea really bad and I would like to know more about what the friend has to say about her breast milk and treating rosacea.

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