Breast Milk has a great importance, not only for children but also for our health as a treatment.. Babies tend to suffer from them due to a buildup of fluid in the ear canal. This can be from eating while lying down or from a cold. According to the University of Michigan (UM), children are most likely to have an ear infection between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. UM also points out that antibodies provided to an infant through breast milk will reduce the risk of ear infection. Prevent an ear infection by keeping baby propped up while eating and avoid second-hand tobacco smoke, per UM. Treatment is usually provided at home unless the infection is accompanied by a fever. How then can this breast milk treat n ear infection?
First of all, express breast milk either with a breast pump or manually. Collect the milk in a small sanitary receptacle. Only a little is needed, so do not fully express your breasts.
Suck up a small amount of breast milk with the dropper.
Place baby in a comfortable position on her side in your lap and administer three to four drops of breast milk into her ear. If you are able, place the drops in your baby’s ear while she is nursing. Do not insert the dropper into the ear canal, but instead hold the dropper just at the entrance of the ear canal and let the drops fall into her ear. Wait five seconds to allow the drops time to run further into the ear.
Repeat this method four to five times per day for no more than two to three days. If the pain seems to be severe or if ear discomfort is accompanied by fever, do not attempt home treat, but seek medical advice instead.
? Hold a warm cloth over the infected ear to help reduce the pain.
? Consult your pediatrician if your baby seems to be in severe pain or has a fever. Using breastmilk to relieve an ear infection does not have any medical support but is talked about in homeopathic and alternative medicine discussions and articles.
Most baby ear infections are middle ear infections. An infection that is behind the ear drum. The ear drum does not allow the milk to pass through to interact directly with the bacteria causing the infection. Milk in the ear only directly comes in contact with the infection if it is an infection of the outer ear/ear canal. (such as “swimmer’s ear”)
MOST ear infections clear up without the need for treatment. The current AAP recommendation is to wait 48-72 hours after diagnosis of an ear infection before trying antibiotics. Many ear infections will clear on their own given time.
How does the breast milk treat the infection in the ear, here is the reasons
It is soothing. A warm liquid in the ear does help soothe the pain, just as a warm compress or drops of warm oil would.
It also introduces a liquid into the ear that can cause an infection of the ear canal. This is unlikely as breastmilk tends to cure rather than cause infections, however if breastmilk becomes trapped in the ear eventually the breastmilk will decay and bacteria will be attracted to it.
For me the “benefits” of temporarily soothing the pain (until the warmth goes away) don’t outweigh the risks of putting something into the ear. I stick with a warm rice sock which provides the same benefit and I wait the 72 hours to see if the ear infection clears or sticks around.
I have only had to give antibiotics for an ear infection to one of my children once.
When the milk can come in contact with the infection? YES. Use it. I got rid of pinkeye with milk. (Careful, it blurs your vision temporarily because of the fat content of the milk). I’ve gotten rid of minor skin infections and irritations with it as well. It even helped get rid of my dog’s dermatitis a bunch of years ago. For ear infections? I do the wait and see route and if necessary I go with antibiotics.
Breast milk is the perfect source of nutrition for your child. And, it is not only nutritious, but human milk contains other substances that keep children healthy and help them to fight off diseases and infections. These natural antibodies found in breast milk, along with it’s anti-infective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, make it possible to use for more than just a source of food for infants.
There are certainly legitimate medical uses for breast milk, and hospitals use it treatment plans for many types of patients. But, did you know that some people use breast milk in home remedies to treat a variety of minor conditions? Here are some of the interesting and alternative uses for breast milk.
Here are 11 breast milk home remedies:
1. Eye Infections and Ear Infections: In some cultures, breast milk has been used to treat eye infections and pink eye (conjunctivitis). It has also been thought to help heal an ear infection.
2. Cuts, Minor Burns, and Small Wounds: Breast milk has been used for cuts, burns, and wounds to help wounds heal and prevent them from becoming infected.
3. Immune System Booster: If you get sick and drink breast milk, it is believed to boost the immune system and shorten the length and severity of a cold.
4. Warts: Some claim that if you put breast milk on a wart, the wart will dry up and fall off.
5. Itching and Stinging: Breast milk has been used on the skin to relieve the sting and itching of insect bites, bee stings, chicken pox, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
6. Sore, Cracked Nipples: If you apply breast milk onto sore, cracked nipples, it is can help to relieve pain, prevent infection, and assist in healing.
7. Skin Moisturizer: As mentioned above, breast milk is often rubbed on the breasts to moisturize dry, cracked nipples. But, it has also been used as a moisturizer to treat dry skin and eczema. And, some people say that it helps to relieve chapped lips, loosen cradle cap, and treat diaper rash.
1. Circumcision Healing: Human breast milk has been used to prevent and treat infections at the site of a circumcision.
2. A Sore Throat: When used as a gargle, breast milk is said to relieve a sore throat.
3. Skin Cleanser: Breast milk has been used to wash the skin, remove make-up, and clear up acne.
4. Contact Lenses Cleaner: Human milk has been used as contact lens solution.
Cooking With Breast Milk
Breast milk is typically sweet and creamy. You will probably use it to mix your baby’s first cereal when you begin to introduce solid foods. You may even add it to other foods for your child. But, some people use it in recipes that they make for themselves. It can replace cow’s milk in cooking and baking. Just like goat’s milk, or other cow’s milk alternatives, it can be added to coffee and cereal or made into butter, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products.
While using breast milk in your cooking or as part of a home remedy may be questionable, some alternative uses for breast milk are legitimate and based on research and medical fact. Hospitals and doctors use carefully screened and pasteurized breast milk from human milk banks to treat many conditions.
Hospitals use breast milk for medical reasons such as:
Nutrition: Breast milk provides nutrition for premature infants, children with failure to thrive, people with severe allergies, those with heart disorders or kidney failure, and people with feeding issues.
Patients With a Compromised Immune System:
Breast milk can help cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, and people with infectious diseases to strengthen their immune system.
Human breast milk can help protect and heal the skin of burn patients.
After surgery of the intestines, breast milk helps to provide patients with nutrition and promote healing.
Certain populations of patients use donor breast milk to help prevent Crohn’s disease, colitis, and allergies.
What Else You Can Do With Extra Breast Milk
Although the idea of using breast milk for home remedies is interesting, it could be harmful to use fresh breast milk on open wounds or in the eyes and ears. If you have an abundant milk supply and plenty of extra breast milk, there are other things you can do with your milk. You can freeze and store it to give to your baby when you are no longer breastfeeding. If you still have extra milk, consider donating it to a milk bank to help premature babies and others in the hospital that could benefit from your generosity.
To conclude, Breast milk that is prescribed by a doctor and obtained through a legitimate milk bank goes through a screening and pasteurizing process to ensure it is safe. Fresh breast milk, however, can contain dangerous bacterial and fungal infections, such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, and candida (yeast), as well as viral infections including cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpes simplex virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). When you place fresh breast milk into the eyes or ears, or onto an opening in the skin, it could cause complications, illness, and infection. You should use caution and common sense when considering any of these alternative breast milk uses.