We all know about the amazing nutritional and immunity-boosting benefits of breastmilk for our babies, but what about some other surprising uses?
Like did you know it’s good for insect bites and sunburn. Not to mention you can even make tasty ice cream or cheese with it. Not even kidding!
1. Teething Ring
Express some breast milk, pop it into a small mould and allow it to set in the freezer. Voila, instant teething ring.
2. Breast Milk Soap
Melt a good natural soap base and add 250mls of breast milk plus your essential oil of choice. Pour the liquid into any shape of containers or mold that you wish to make your soap. Put the containers into your fridge and you should have beautiful breast milk soap after a couple of hours.
3. Breast Milk Bath
Why not pop it into your baby’s bath? You can add the breast milk to the water and then use lotion to help your little one’s skin absorb all that extra goodness.
4. Breast Milk Jewellery
You can even make your own breast milk jewellery. You can order a kit online, or watch this DIY Breast milk necklace video on YouTube.
5. Baby Lotion
Make your own DIY baby lotion that uses your breast milk and a few other ingredients, like grapeseed oil, beeswax, and Vitamin E oil in this YouTube video.
100 ml grapeseed oil
1 tbsp beeswax
Few drops of Vitamin E oil
100 ml fresh breast milk, at room temperature
Optional: a couple of drops of an essential oil for scent
Create your own chapstick using breast milk, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, and Vitamin E.
7. Nappy rash
A 2013 study in the journal Pediatric Dermatology found that breastmilk was just as effective as hydrocortisone on babies with diaper dermatitis, a.k.a. diaper rash.
It is recommended that you pat the breastmilk into the skin, then make sure it dries before putting on a barrier cream and nappy.
8. Skin irritations
It is also said to help soothe sunburn, acne, eczema, dermatitis and other skin irritations.
9. Insect bites
Thanks to breastmilk’s soothing and antibacterial properties, you’ll also find it useful to treat pesky insect bites.
Add the breastmilk to some water to make it “cloudy.” You can also apply a breastmilk ice cube directly on the affected area for some cool relief.
10. Ice Cream
Express some breast milk and blend it with ice for an icy sweet treat. If you want to add some extra flavour, you could add banana or apple puree to get in some added nutrition.
Breast milk ice cream
Banana, 1 sliced
Breast milk, 2 ounces
Cinnamon, ¼ – ½ teaspoon
Vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon (if desired)
Slice your banana and freeze for at least 2 hours.
Place frozen banana, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a blender.
Slowly add breast milk and puree, until mixture reaches a soft serve-like texture.
Serve to your baby right away or put into a popsicle mould and store in your freezer for later.
You can even make breast milk cheese using four cups of breast milk, add rennet, salt and yoghurt according to a recipe created by New York chef and restaurateur Daniel Angerer.
12. Fertilise your plants
Plants get most of their nutrition from soil. Milk (both breast milk and cow or goat milk) contains beneficial minerals so if you add some to soil it may help your plants grow better.
And don’t forget you can always add a drop to your coffee, much to your workmate’s disgust. That’s one way to stop them pinching your milk from the fridge!