I totally understand that not everyone is able to nurse their babies. I did not produce enough milk for Baby Bear and had to supplement her with formula.
I tried everything natural and even took Domperidone, a prescription galactagogue that did increase my production but still not enough to feed the baby. She was failure to thrive for the first month and it was really hard to deal with the fact that my body wasn’t doing what it was supposed to naturally do. I even took a natural birthing class at Birthways LLC in Chicago and they said that it is ‘impossible’ to not be able to breast feed and it was most likely do to mother errors, etc. I literally tried everything and wish that they would have given different advice in the beginning so that I would have not felt inadequate. Maybe that is why I am so obsessed with these really cool facts about breast milk that I read in a magazine and wrote down to save.
- Breast Milk is sterile and has antibacterial and anti viral properties.
- My nurse practitioner told me to use it like diaper rash cream. (Applied topically improved diaper rash slightly faster then zinc oxide according to a 2009 study.)
- If your baby has a stuffy nose (or anyone else in the household too) take 2 drops of breast milk into each nostril then suck out the gunk with an aspirator (the brief contact with the antibodies may relieve irritation)
- If your baby has itchy eyes or a mild case of pinkeye, put 2 drops in each infected eye twice a day can be an effective antibiotic
- To heal Minor Boo-boos Dab it on scrapes instead of antibacterial cream
- If your baby has scratchy skin or eczema rub in on like lotion
- Not only does your milk keep baby healthy it may change the way it interacts with the body over times. U of Illinois researches found that the complex carbs in breast milk combine with infant bacteria to create fatty acids that keep baby intestines healthy. When the subjects get older the bacterial changes in the intestines change the way the body used the carbs to stay healthy. Human breast milk may adapt as humans grow.