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Breast milk is just a great thing to have around for those daily bumps or mild illnesses. Got an ailment? Treat it with breast milk!
Here is a list of other uses for breast milk (other than feeding you child of course!)
Pink eye, sties, eye redness/soreness/puffiness – apply a few drops in the affect eye(s), 4 times a day until symptoms are gone
Diarrhea – breast milk helps prevent and treat diarrhea
Diaper rash – apply and allow to air dry
Cold sore – apply and allow to air dry
Warts – apply and allow to air dry
Minor cuts, burns and scrapes – apply, allow to air dry then bandage as needed
Stuffy / runny nose – squirt a few drops in each nostril
Sore / cracked nipples – apply and air dry
Ear infections – squirt a few drops in affected ear
Insect bites – apply and the itching will go away
Rashes, eczema – wash with clean water, apply milk and let air dry
Acne – wash face and apply breastmilk with fingertips or a cotton ball (real cotton, synthetic can irritate the skin)
Chicken pox – apply to sores and will help with itching
Sore throat – drinking breast milk will help fight the infection
Tooth decay – breastmilk does not grow bacteria
Plugged tear ducts – squirt a few drops in the corner of the eye (by the nose) a few times a day
Contact lenses – dry lenses or run out of solution? Substitute breast milk, it’s sterile
Leg ulcers – apply a few drops of breast milk
Cancer – some cancer patients use breastmilk to supplement their cancer treatment, and are successful
Breast Cancer – breastfeeding can help prevent breast cancer in the mother
Osteoporosis – breastfeeding may help prevent osteoporosis in the mother
Diabetes, heart disease, childhood cancers, ear infections, obesity – breastfeeding your child can help prevent these diseases
In our house we have used breastmilk to treat diaper rash, eczema, cold sores, nasal congestion, ear infection, pink eye, and cuts/scraps. I've been completely amazed at the power of breastmilk! It's not just for feeding anymore. I'm sure my friends and family think I am nuts, but I was a skeptic too, until I tried it.
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Ice cream parlor debuts breast milk flavor
LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A London ice cream parlor said its latest "totally natural" flavor, "Baby Gaga," is made with breast milk donated by nursing mothers.
The Icecreamists parlor said the ice cream, which comes in a martini glass for $23, contains Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest in addition to breast milk donated by women, including Victoria Hiley, 35, of Leeds, England, the International Business Times reported Friday.
"What's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?" Hiley told the online newspaper. "There's nothing more natural than fresh mother's milk."
The Times said 15 mothers have agreed to donate their milk to the parlor at $24 for every 10 ounces.
Matt O'Connor, 44, owner of the Icecreamists, said he expects "Baby Gaga" to be popular with customers.
"No-one's done anything interesting with ice cream in the last hundred years," O'Connor said. "Some people will hear about it and go 'yuck,' but actually it's pure, organic, free-range and totally natural."
However, Miriam Simun of New York said she faced a great deal of skepticism when she debuted a similar product, cheese made from breast milk, the New York Daily News reported.
"Human cheese is initially a pretty shocking concept to most people," she said. "I understand the visceral reaction -- drinking milk from a woman other than your mother is a pretty big taboo in many cultures."
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/02/26/Ice-cream-parlor-debuts-breast-milk-flavor/UPI-35131298709000/#ixzz2PVJHi537
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