When I began nursing, and having difficulty with nursing, I began to do a lot of research on the topic. What had always seemed so natural to me before, somehow didn’t come very naturally. In my research I have discovered 3 things that you may not know about mommy’s milk.
Mommy’s Milk Cures!
Did you know that mommy’s milk has amazing healing properties?
When Robi was about a week old he had a clogged tear duct. I tried wiping it with a clean cotton ball and distilled water, but it wasn’t working. Then the other one became clogged. It was recommended to me to use breast milk. 3-4 times I day I would clean his eye and then place a drop or two of breast milk into his eye. Within a few days it was cleared up!
I’ve used breast milk for diaper rashes. Robi has extra-sensitive skin and diaper rashes are a regular thing with us. Even using cloth diapers. But I’ve been able to keep them at a minimum by patting his bottom with breast milk.
I’ve used it for little scratches and baby acne.
I have heard of people using it for adults with eye infections as well.
In fact, mommy’s milk is so great that it can be pumped and stored at room temperature for several hours before growing bacteria. Natural is always better (formula goes bad after 1 hour!!!).
Storing and reusing mommy’s milk
I also freeze it in ice cube trays. When frozen I transfer the cubes to storage bags.
To warm cooled, refrigerated, or frozen mommy’s milk you can place it in a container of heated water.
Cures for low or reduced milk production
My biggest fear was not being able to nurse, and I was going to do all I could to make sure I could nurse him for as long as possible.
After doing the following procedure for several weeks, I was producing enough milk to feed a nursery of babies!
1. Drink a cup of nursing tea 2-3 times a day. I drank the HiPP brand, but any of these will do.
2. Pump 5-10 minutes on each side after every feeding.
3. Eat a large bowl of oatmeal daily
4. Drink plenty of water
5. Get as much rest as possible (nursing lying down, and sleep when baby sleeps)
KellyMom is a site I visit regularly that is loaded with great breastfeeding information. I have found it an invaluable resource.