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Breast milk is totally natural, but it’s also totally controversial.

The latter is what kept former owners of the Boulder salon Mud Facial Bar from including one particular facial on their skin care menu.

The breast milk facial.

The facial was part of the standard menu at Mud’s Chicago branch, the parent company of Boulder’s spa.

But despite Boulder’s reputation as an open-minded community, it took months before the local spa decided to take the leap.

This is all according to Elizabeth Stachovic, of Boulder, one of the new owners who took over three months ago.

One of her first moves: adding the breast milk facial onto Mud’s menu — and advertising it loudly. An oversized sign hangs in the windows of the downtown salon, near Broadway and Spruce.

Mud offers five other facials, in addition to the breast milk one, from mud masks with green juice and masks that contain clay, sandalwood and charcoal.

“All facials are 100 percent organic and vegan with all-natural products,” Stachovic says. “It’s all about making skin care accessible. You’re in and out in 30 minutes. It’s super convenient, about coming in and getting to the root of your skin concerns with no fluff.”

Those factors also make Mud unique, Stachovic says. But really, it’s the breast milk that has drawn attention — some positive, some controversial, she says.

“There are some who are like, ‘Eww, no.’ Some don’t understand it, because they’re so used to the societal taboos that surround it,” she says. “Others believe it should be strictly for feeding babies. They say, ‘There are starving babies all over the world. We could be feeding them.’”

Others criticize the private mother who donates her surplus milk, Stachovic says.

She says she has found selfies on social media of people standing in shock pointing at Mud’s sign. Others who aren’t looking for skin care come in to ask questions, she says.

That’s what she encourages: the dialogue.

“We love when people ask questions, because it gives us an opportunity to let them know what’s going on, how it’s sourced and the benefits of it. Then they’re like, ‘Oh, that makes sense,’ and that’s it. It’s about educating people.”

First, the eww factor.

This one is the hardest to explain, because it’s rooted in social opinions about breast milk, Stachovic says. Whereas (cow) milk and honey treatments are a staple at many spas, and you can even arrange a soak in an entire bathtub of warm powdered milk, she says she doesn’t know of any other spas in the world that offer breast milk treatments. Other than Mud’s Chicago branch, which has had the masks for more than a year. (Although Stachovic says when searching, she did find a bird poop facial.)

“Whenever somebody comes in and gives me grief about the breast milk facial, I ask them, ‘Do you know we’re the only other species on the planet that drinks milk from another animal?’” she says.

Clients and passersby in Chicago started out shocked there, too, Stachovic says, but today the breast milk treatment has become popular; few people flinch when they read the menu.

In Boulder, the biggest backlash has been from people who are concerned about the milk being used for a mask instead of going to milk banks for babies, Stachovic says.

It’s true that there is a breast milk shortage, according to the International Milk Bank. The bank states that the demand for banked milk for infants in neonatal intensive care units is 9 million ounces annually, but there were only 3 to 4 million ounces available in 2013.

Here’s what Stachovic wants people to understand. Mud’s masks only use a small amount of breast milk — less than a half an ounce per mask — mixed with clay and lavender essential oil. And she considers skin care a worthy health concern worth treating with the milk.

She says breast milk can alleviate painful and chronic cystic acne and relieve skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as sunburn and dry skin.

Milk, whether cow or human, contains lactic and lauric acid, which are exfoliating, Mud says.

A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health supports the topical health benefits. The 2009 study on the antimicrobial activity of lauric acid (and its derivatives) — a natural compound found in human breast milk — found it had the “potential of becoming an innate, safe and effective” treatment for acne and other related diseases.

The study found that among the three free fatty acids, lauric acid showed the strongest ability to kill bacteria.

“We’re not just putting breast milk on people’s faces. We’re helping them. We’re curing their issues, sending them out into the world with a brand new face that they love,” Stachovic says. “There are people out there we’re helping.”

In addition, breast milk has long been used as a home remedy for things from pink eye to ear infections to bug bites to burns. You can find a list of parent blogs citing alternative uses for breast milk.

The founder of Mud decided to try creating a breast milk facial after reading parent blogs about how breast milk applied topically was helping babies with skin problems. Mud found the same results for adults, Stachovic says.

“You can see the benefits instantly. Your skin is softer,” Stachovic says. “We have people in Chicago who come in every two weeks for a breast milk facial. This could really help your skin. If you have bad acne, we will help you in the most natural way possible.”

In addition, Mud’s milk was bought from one mother (in another state, her name remains anonymous) who eats a vegan and organic diet who had an excess of milk during breastfeeding. She knows what the milk is used for, and her babies at home are not hungry, Stachovic says.

“She knows and supports it, and we didn’t steal it from her. It’s her choice,” Stachovic says.

The milk then goes through a screening and certification process to assure quality, Mud says.

Regardless, the response in Boulder has been mixed, Stachovic says. If an esthetician recommends it to a client in the chair, nine out of 10 will try it, she says.

“On the other hand, we have people pass our sign and get pretty flustered,” she says. “I’ve had women look at the menu, see that we have it and say, ‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and then book their next facial. It’s a mixed bag at this point.”

While Chicago’s breast milk facials are in regular demand, Boulder’s demand is not consistent, Stachovic says. At least not yet.

“We are hoping it will change,” she says, “with the normalizing of it.”

Aimee Heckel: 303-473-1359, [email protected] or twitter.com/aimeemay

I got one of those new breast milk facials — but they wouldn’t let me use my own milk | Charlotte Observer

Dealing with breast milk takes up at least four hours of my day, every day. Not an hour goes by where I’m not doing something related to it: wondering if it’s time to nurse my 8-month-old, getting bottles ready for daycare, timing my pumping around meetings, thawing milk from my freezer stash so she can have enough for the next day, drinking water to stay hydrated, calculating whether I can squeeze in a beer during dinner between nursing sessions, and so on. It’s a lot and it’s constant.

So when I heard about the new Breast Milk Facial service being offered at Mud Facial Bar in SouthPark, I thought it sounded awesome and that I could totally use the bit of relaxation.

I think breast milk is magical. I’m a full believer in its power to heal. I’ve used it on my kid’s eczema, blocked tear ducts, and acne issues of mine. This is a common practice and topic on many mom Facebook groups I’m a member of.

So I drove my lactating self on over to Mud and happily hopped into the spa chair, but not before I asked if I could use my own breast milk. Kerri Flanigan, the spa’s owner, said they can’t use something brought in from the outside even if it’s my own. Bummer.

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“It’s about as organic as you can get,” Tyenisha Glenn, my esthetician, said about the star ingredient in the Breast Milk Facial. She provided the play-by-play of what she was applying to my skin throughout the service.

The Breast Milk Facial is Mud’s regular “Breathe” facial, which costs $50, with breast milk added in for an additional $10. It’s 0.5 ounces of breast milk mixed with water and lavender into their white kaolin clay mask.

The milk comes directly from one mom who lives in Minnesota. This mom supplies it for all three Mud locations — Chicago, Boulder, and Charlotte. She just had her third baby and produces more milk than her baby needs. She approached the corporate Mud store in Chicago to see if they wanted to use her milk for the breast milk facial service they were about to launch and Mud has been buying it from her ever since.

Kerri told me the mom is on a strict organic only diet and that she is screened. The thought is that whatever the mom eats can partially end up in her milk and the more pure her intake is, the more pure the milk will be. The mom and milk go through an accredited third party to make sure the milk is safe for a baby to drink and therefore safe to be used in a facial.

The milk is shipped frozen, it arrives frozen, and they keep it frozen until it’s ready to be used.

Kerri says the benefits of breast milk is that it contains natural antibodies that help fight bacteria, which is great for issues like acne, eczema and sunburns. All of their facials are $50, but for $10 each, you can add on some extra pampering items to your service. The Breast Milk Facial is now permanently on the menu.

The entire facial took about 30 minutes, was a seven-step process (including the use of glass globes to press the mask into the skin) and had me feeling very relaxed when it was all over.

Ultimately, there’s no way of knowing how effective the breast milk was, but I do know that the facial left my face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Photos: Katie McKiever

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Breast milk stored in bags. Photo: Flickr/Mark Cato

Most of us already know the benefits of breast milk for feeding a baby, but did you know it has other uses — both medicinal and cosmetic?

The immunologic agents found in human milk help fight against bacteria, viruses and parasites. According to Dr. Sears, one drop of breast milk contains one million white blood cells whose main job is to fight germs. The best part of this natural medicine? It’s a free, sustainable resource with no wonky side effects.

Take a look at some uses for breast milk beyond feeding the baby.

1. Treat an ear infection

Those amazing antibodies in your breast milk can fight off ear infections, which occur most often in children ages 6 months to 18 months. Dr. Joseph Mercola recommends putting about 3 to 4 drops at the entrance of the ear canal every few hours. The infection should clear up within 24 to 48 hours. Some moms follow the breast milk with bottled garlic mullein oil.

2. Clear up acne

Scientists have discovered that lauric acid, a component of breast milk, has antibacterial, acne-fighting qualities. Dabbing breast milk (or a mixture of breast milk and coconut oil, another source of lauric acid) on your face, then letting it air dry, may help clear up acne. Some people wash their faces with breast milk to prevent future breakouts. If you want to try it, first wash your face with clear water, wash again with breast milk, and wipe it away with a clean towel.

3. Soothe teething pain

This easy option involves pouring some of your expressed breast milk into popsicle molds and freezing it. When your little one is crying with teething pain, whip out a milk popsicle (sometimes called “momsicles”) for instant and nutritional soothing.

4. Heal diaper rash

Breast milk contains natural moisturizers that speed the healing process. Wash the affected area with clear water first. Then rub breast milk on the rash and let it fully dry before re-diapering. Breast milk can also help take the itch out of bug bites, chicken pox and some forms of eczema. Love DIY projects? Try this recipe for making bars of breast milk soap.

5. Heal cuts and scrapes

With its natural antiseptic properties, breast milk can be placed on a minor cut to reduce burning and stinging. The antibody IgA prevents germs from forming on the wound and helps speed healing. Apply the milk with a cotton pad and allow it to fully dry.

6. Make cheese

Around the world, cheese is produced from all different kinds of milk including cow, goat and sheep. So why not human milk? Conservation-minded chef Daniel Angerer experimented with making cheese from his wife’s large stash of pumped breast milk and found out it’s possible. Check out his tutorial if you’re curious to try it out yourself.

What are some other amazing uses for breast milk? Let me know in the comments section!

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I Used Breast Milk As A Facial Cleanser & Here’s What Happened — PHOTOS

I’m not opposed to putting disgusting things on my face in the name of clear, youthful looking skin. When I learned that human breast milk could be used as an acne treatment, I couldn’t believe my luck. My sister had just given birth to a baby boy and she was pumping milk every two hours. Her abundance of breast milk was a sore subject while she stayed with my parents; my father’s beer and meat fridge was now sharing space with my sister’s nutritious milk. I knew just how to solve the family quarrel of appropriate places for her breast milk: by putting it all over my face.

Now, my face has seen a lot of weird crap since I stopped using soap. I’ve used dog spit, morning spit, semen, and raw eggs to get rid of hormonal acne and enhance my natural glow. Some of them have yielded few results and others have worked so much that it made me question everything I thought I knew. According to sources at Medical Daily, the lauric acid in breast milk is what makes this all-natural remedy an A+ solution for acne prone skin.

I decided to do a five day trial of applying breast milk topically to see if this stuff was all it was cracked up to be. To get said breast milk at my disposal, I had to travel to the far-away land of New Hampshire. Perfect, because I knew my face would break out after only one day of using well water.

1. The Quest For Breast Milk

While I try to only speak highly of my big sister, I will say that she is one of the most squeamish people I know. Any discussion of bodily fluids usually results in her prompt exit from a room, so I was pretty surprised when I casually brought up repurposing some of this breast milk. “I have SO much breast milk. How much do you want?” she eagerly replied. And so, my sister took to her quarters in the back of the house and pumped out enough breast milk to last me the week.

2. Choosing How To Cleanse With Breast Milk

While my face was busy breaking out into pimples on my cheeks and chin, I dig some digging on just how this breast milk cleansing should go down. It seemed simple enough: Apply the breast milk directly on your face, leave on for a few minutes, and then wipe with warm water. I decided to use the breast milk as my primary cleanser, followed by a lemon juice astringent and my jojoba lavender tea tree moisturizer.

3. The First Cleanse

The time had come to put my money (or, rather, my sister’s literal breast milk) where my mouth was. I was a little scared/disgusted so I procrastinated all morning. My sister couldn’t believe I had the audacity to be disgusted with her breast milk when I had already put semen on my face. After being guilt-tripped into my new home remedy, I was ready. I applied the breast milk thoroughly on my face and neck, carefully getting my ears that have permanent tiny pimples from my hair. The milk was odorless and had a much more pleasant texture than I thought it would, so I strutted around the house confidently with my face covered in breast milk.

4. My Face On Day 1

I decided to leave the breast milk on my face for about five minutes while I munched on sunflower seeds. I avoided my parents disgusted expressions and felt the breast milk drying up my pimples. The tightness was even more apparent so than when I’ve used cow milk on my face, so I was a bit concerned that my face would be dry after my remedy. I wiped my face with a warm, wet washcloth and then rinsed with lukewarm water to make sure I wouldn’t be walking around covered in breast milk all day. Then I continued with my usual skincare routine, skipping the toner. And then…

5. Seeing No Results

The following day, I went to the fridge and pulled out the breast milk. I decided to leave the milk on for three minutes and use the milk in the evening as well. Perhaps, I needed more milk on my face or perhaps all the donuts I’d been eating were a really bad idea and nothing could stop them from developing into huge face welts. Still, I was committed to breast milk now and I begrudgingly refused to use any of my usual topical remedies to get rid of my zits.

7. A Promising Third Day

On the third day, there was progress. I woke up and immediately went to the bathroom mirror to see my face. The pimple on my cheek was smaller and dry, but the rest of my face wasn’t flaky and it didn’t feel dry at all. I couldn’t even feel the pimples on my ears with my fingertips anymore and that was something I was super happy about. This progress was why I decided to go five days with breast milk. If my breakout was improving, let’s see how far this breast milk could take me.

8. Drastic Changes

The fourth day was a wonderful day. It was the day of my sister’s baby shower… and I was pimple free. I longed for selfies that I was missing out on during my breakout. The zits on my cheek were completely down in inflammation and all that remained was a slight scar — a scar I’m choosing to believe could’ve been much bigger if the breast milk hadn’t attacked my pimple. I continued with my morning/evening ritual of breast milk and casually suggested to my sister’s friends that they should try out this hip new natural remedy.

9. Begging For More Breast Milk

It was time for me and my improved face to leave New Hampshire and most of my milk was gone. I eagerly asked my sister for more breast milk, even though I was a bit worried my new cleanser would spoil on the way to New York. Fortunately, my sister is obsessed with breastfeeding and gave me some pointers. Fresh breast milk can survive for six hours without refrigeration while refrigerated breast milk can survive for four days. Phew. I continued my cleansing that morning and evening and am definitely going to be using up the rest of the breast milk in my quest for glowing skin.

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Right now, you’re probably reading this, picturing me on a table being doused with milk coming directly from a nursing mother while she simultaneously bounces a young babe on her hip. I can tell you only half that is partially true.

After hearing about the breast milk facial by Mud Facial Bar in Chicago, I was both grossed out and intrigued. But mostly, I had one question: Why would you ever put *that* on your face?

After doing some research, I found out the reason: It’s a regular miracle worker. Yes, breast milk has all the good stuff babies need to grow, but it also has some serious healing qualities. The antibodies in breast milk can help heal minor illnesses and injuries, such as pink eye and ear infection, and it can also soothe sore nipples. (Good to know.) Given all that magical power, it only makes sense that someone would want to incorporate it into your next spa experience.

That’s why, earlier this month, I found myself standing inside the spa, ready to take the plunge.

The 30-minute, five-step process starts with a steam to open up the pores and allow all the products to penetrate deeply. Next up, my face was given a banana lavender cleanse and treated to a lemongrass oatmeal exfoliant. (You can bet my mug was very happy.)

Then it was milking time.

The breast milk (yep, it’s just straight-up milk) is mixed with a white clay packed with vitamin E to create the perfect healing concoction that anti-ages and works for all skin types. As for where this milk comes from, Mud purchases it from a gracious mother who sticks to an all-organic diet. (Meaning it’s top-shelf stuff).

Hello, breast milk.

After the mask was applied, my esthetician used cold, glass globes that rolled around on my face to work it in even more. The cold globes soothe skin, improve skin elasticity, and increase circulation among a whole host of benefits that made me want to take these little guys home.

After, the clay and breast milk was then wiped away with a warm towel and finally, a Neroli toner was applied, along with a sweet tea day cream with mango and shea butter.

So was it worth it?

*Completely* worth it. I mean it when I say my skin was RIDICULOUSLY hydrated and smooth. I felt fresh and got compliments for the rest of the day. (#NotSoHumblebrag)

My esthetician advised me to sleep on a clean pillowcase so bacteria wouldn’t enter my pores. Now, a few days later, my skin still looks and feels great, and I have breast milk to thank—something I never thought I would say, ever.

Simedar Jackson I’m Simedar, an intern here at MarieClaire.com!

Breast milk facials are a hot new skincare trend

For a long time, mothers have known anecdotally about the skincare benefits of breast milk. It’s said to reduce redness and control acne, and though there haven’t been many scientific studies on the topic, those who frequent new moms’ message boards online swear by its restorative properties.

Now, this old folk treatment seems to have moved out of the realm of home remedies and into the world of high-end skincare. A newly opened “facial bar” in Chicago has just announced it will be offering breast milk as one of the available add-ons for its facial treatments. For an additional $10 on top of a $40 base price for a facial, Mud Facial Bar will slather your face with breast milk mixed with white clay, which helps it to form a sturdier facial mask.

Mud’s founder Shama Patel says she was inspired by the testimonies of new moms to offer this treatment.

“I always want to think outside the box. Moms are using breast milk for more than feeding their babies. They also use it on skin,” Patel told ABC News.

So where is all this breast milk coming from? According to ABC, Patel sources her milk from milk banks in the Chicago area, whose donors are meticulously screened for health problems before providing milk to be used by women who can’t produce their own, or, in this case, in spa treatments.

According to writer Leslie Goldman, who gave herself a milk facial to write about it in Fit Pregnancy Magazine, “Using my own breast milk as a face cream felt delightfully MacGuyveresque and smartly utilitarian. I imagine this is what homesteaders feel like when they’re able to turn a $1.50 box of baking soda into a week’s worth of bug bite paste and teeth whitener.”

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Could a breast milk facial become the new trend in skin care?

One facial spa turns to an unexpected source to help its customers’ skin get baby smooth. Our friends at Queen City Weekend introduce us to the new skin care trend that uses breast milk.

Mud Facial Bar revolves around the idea that its clients are in a rush, wanting a quality facial without wasting hours of their time. With locations already in Chicago and Boulder, Colorado, the service has recently opened a location in Charlotte, N.C. While the idea may not be necessarily unique, some of the ingredients used in their facials certainly are – including an add-on of breast milk.

The three locations source breast milk from one woman local to the Chicago location. After giving birth to her third child, the woman overproduces and sells to the facial bar chain.

Despite the initial reaction, estheticians on staff say it actually has many positive qualities – making it perfect for facials.

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So…I Got the Breast Milk Facial at Mud.

Mud has been open for a few months and has been receiving such rave reviews. Upon my first visit, I received the GLOW facial and I was amazed at my immediate results. My skin was incredibly radiant and soft. It almost felt like I was given an entirely new face. However, there was one facial that was on my radar and that was the breast milk facial.

When I first interviewed Shama Patel about Mud, she briefly mentioned the facial and I just had so many questions. Where does the breast milk come from? And what are the supposed benefits of breast milk? Well, now I finally had all of my questions answered as the breastmilk facial has made its debut.

Members of the media were eagerly waiting the debut and now the time is finally here. In honor of the debut, Mud Facial Bar hosted a milk shower where those seeking a facial were greeted with champagne and sweets.

As I perused the space, I was anxiously anticipating my facial. It was soon my time, as I was the first one up for the day.

The facial begins with the same 5-step process as the other facials at Mud. The breastmilk is mixed in with the Breathe facial which is clay based. Because it is mixed, the Lactaid smell is eliminated. In fact, the facial was odorless and you wouldn’t know breast milk was present unless you were told.

Another concern of mine was where does the milk come from? I learned that the milk is purchased from a private donor. The milk then goes through a detailed screening process to make sure the milk is healthy and ready for use. I was told that the donor is on an organic diet, which makes her milk ideal for the purposes of the facial. With this screening process, visitors can feel assured knowing that the milk has been tested and will not put them in harms way. The team at Mud is very careful with selecting the milk that will be used in the facials.

So why would anyone even give a breast milk facial a try? Aside from popular belief, the breast milk facial is not a gimmick. In fact, prior to my facial I did not know that many mother’s use their breast milk as a healing agent. When children have cuts or scrapes, many mothers resort to using their breast milk. If you are running out of ointment for a diaper rash, no problem apply breast milk. Is your baby having a bad case of baby acne? No worries a dab of breast milk will do the trick. Even adults can apply a touch of breast milk on a cold sore and fever blister. Natures natural medicine seems like a work of magic as it has tons of uses outside of feeding a baby. The strong presence of healing properties in the milk is exactly why it is fitting that Shama and her team would implement breast milk in their facial.

While it is a supplement to the breathe facial, not only will your skin be able to breathe with the opening of your pores, but the milk will also heal up some acne scars and blemishes in the skin. The breathe facial does a fine job, but the added breast milk has that extra benefit.

Now that I’ve had two facials from Mud, I’m changing my preference towards the breathe facial w/breast milk. It gives off a less dewy look which I preferred, and my skin felt tighter from the tightening of the clay mask. Since it was less dewy, I felt like I could go about my day without looking like I had some work done on my face.

So I shared with you what I learned and my reservations and the breast milk facial gets my stamp of approval. Let go of all of your inhibitions and give the breast milk facial a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results of your facial.

Be sure to book your next facial at MudFacialBar.com

25 Surprising Other Uses of Breast Milk that You Didn’t Know About!

Breast milk is indeed a superfood for your babies, and we all know that, right? But, did you know that there are countless other uses of breastmilk, other than feeding your baby?

Whether you have a freezer full of breastmilk or freshly pumped milk after having a pint that you were about to dump, there are ways to use them up.
Here is a list of all the mind-blowing alternative uses of breastmilk.

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Cosmetic Uses:

Breast Milk is rich in all the essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy looking skin.

1.Breast Milk Facial

Who knew rubbing breast milk on your face would be a trending topic of discussion. Breast milk facials are all the craze! Did you know that there is a spa in Chicago, where you can add breastmilk to your facial for 10$? Of course, you can make DIY breast milk face mask and enjoy the best skin care treatment at home.

2.Stretch Mark Cream

Stretch marks are common during pregnancy. Due to the hormonal changes and the growing uterus, the stretching abdominal area feels itchy and dry. Applying breast milk over the stretch marks adds moisture back to the skin, and helps reduce marks.

3.Sore Nipples

Sore nipples is a common breastfeeding complaint that many nursing mothers face. Bad latch, awkward nursing positions, pumping, can all be a reason for sore nipples.

There are a lot of organic nipple creams on the market, but did you know that breastmilk is the best natural remedy for sore nipples? Squeeze some breast milk and apply it all over your nipple area and let it air dry. Repeat it how many ever times you want.

4.Dark Circles

Frequent nighttime nursing sessions, diaper changes, and sleep deprivation causes baggy eye sacks and unconcealable dark circles. While you are half asleep, just rub some breastmilk under your eyes for a free but effective under eye treatment.

5.Breast Milk Bath

I made an oatmeal and breast milk bath for my kids recently. I wondered, Why I didn’t think of this before! It was so nourishing, relaxing, and my kids loved it. You must try breastmilk bath if your baby has any skin issues like baby acne, cradle cap, dry skin or eczema. Feel free to get into the tub with your baby, and let your skin soak in the goodness of ‘liquid gold.’

6. Lotion

This DIY breastmilk lotion recipe is sure to make your skin glow! This recipe is easy to make with few ingredients like grape seed oil, beeswax and Vitamin E oil.

7.Breast Milk Soap

Making your soap with your breast milk? Now, how cool does that sound? Here is a recipe that you can try. Be sure to let me know if it works.


Breast milk is brimming with anti bodies. Infact, Colostrum,the first milk that your baby gets is called as the first immunization because of it high dose of anti bodies.

8.Cold & Cough

The American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend any a cough and cold medicines until the age of 4. Is there a natural way to make your little one feel better? You bet! Breast milk is full of antibodies, you can put your freezer stash to good use, by giving some breast milk for your kids. Breast milk gummies made with honey are great for babies over 1-year-old suffering from a sore throat.


It is crucial to keep your baby hydrated during fever. Breast milk is abundant in minerals and vitamins that will keep your baby hydrated. Breast milk has active antibodies, White blood cells, that will help your body fight against the foreign bacteria and viruses.


A washcloth dipped in breastmilk or making frozen treats like popsicles using breast milk are a great natural teething relief for babies.

11.Pink Eye

I was surprised when a mom friend shared that she put a few drops of breast milk on her daughter’s pink eye and it cleared out pretty quick. Although, lab experiments say that breast milk ineffective to cure pink eye or conjunctivitis, many moms vouch that breast milk has helped cure eye infections.

12.Diaper Rashes

Breast milk on baby’s bum? Yes! Mother’s milk can help cure diaper rashes. Just apply some breast milk all over the diaper area and let it air dry. You can do this every time you change the diaper.


Breast milk is proven to be as effective as a 1% hydrocortisone cream for treating eczema. My son gets very dry and scaly skin during the winter months, I made the breast milk bath with oatmeal, and it made a huge difference. For very itchy skin, you can mix breastmilk with oatmeal to make it a paste and apply it over the eczema prone skin area. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then finish with a bath.

14.Baby acne

Babies get red acne spots all over their cheeks and mouth. Apply breastmilk liberally over these spots. Breast milk balances the ph of the skin and reduces baby acne. Don’t overdo it though. I used to do this once a day in the morning, and I always wash the face to avoid clogged ducts.

15.Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is those white flaky skin that newborn babies have. When you are bathing your baby, rub breast milk over the scalp, gently scrub it with a washcloth and rinse the hair. For severe cradle cap, check out other natural remedies that work great.

16.Cuts, Burns, Scars

For any minor skin ailments, like cuts, scrapes, burns, and scars, apply breast milk like a tincture over the spot.


You don’t have to be a baby to intake breast milk. If you don’t feel weird you can use breast milk for cooking! That’s right? If we can consume other mammals milk, like cow’s milk, goat’s milk, then, why not breast milk? There are so many delicious breast milk recipes to try.


18. Smoothies

19. Yogurt


21. Butter

22. Gummies

23. Oatmeal

24. Icecream

What to do with Expired Breast Milk?

25. Did you know you can make breastmilk jewelry using expired breastmilk? Breastmilk rings or pendants make a memorable keepsake that reminds you of that special bond you shared with your nursling!

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