Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Breast Milk - The Miracle Medicine

The night before last, I woke up in the middle of the night with pink eye. My left eye was burning, itching, scratchy, and partially crusted shut.  Everything I knew was pink eye. 

I was nursing Jacob, so I took some breast milk from my other breast, rubbed it across my eye, and went back to sleep. I did it again in the morning, and about three more times during the day. I did it again before bed, along with my other eye because it was starting to feel like my left eye did the night before. Just to be certain, I rubbed breast milk in both eyes during the night and when I got up this morning.

Both eyes are perfectly fine today.

I love Breast Milk!

It really is amazing all the uses breast milk has, other than feeding your baby.  Breast milk, being high in antibodies and antitoxins really is the Miracle Medicine!

What CAN you use it for?

It is great for cracked nipples.  When breast feeding, more than likely your nipples are going to get sore and possibly cracked.  Just rub a little milk on them after each feeding to help with this.  

Eczema, acne, cuts, diaper rash, burns, bug bites... Just clean the area, then apply breast milk and air dry!

Ear infections?  Yep, it helps with that too.  Just pour or squirt some breast milk into the sore ear.

Do you have a cold?  The flu?  Pneumonia?  Stomach bug?  Drinking breast milk can help with these as well.

For a stuffy nose, you can squirt breast milk into the 

It has even been suggested that breast milk can even kill cancer cells.

Although the special substance, known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumour cells), was discovered in breast milk several years ago, it is only now that it has been possible to test it on humans. Patients with cancer of the bladder who were treated with the substance excreted dead cancer cells in their urine after each treatment, which has given rise to hopes that it can be developed into medication for cancer care in the future... ( 

According to the Iowa Extension Service, every teaspoon of breast milk has 3,000,000 germ killing cells in it; so if a baby gets even one tsp. a day, it is very valuable!
.. it has been shown in man and in several animal models that immunisation via the gut, and also the lungs, stimulates a special population of antibody-producing B lymphocytes. They appear in large numbers in special aggregations in the gut - the Peyer's patches. These lymphocytes leave the gut after having met bacteria and viruses there and move or "home" to exocrine glands such as the mammary, lacrimal and salivary glands, as well as glands in the mucosal membranes of the bronchi and the gut. As a consequence, human milk contains sIgA antibodies against all those bacteria and viruses which have been in the mother's gut. This gives the milk capacity to protect against those microorganisms to which the infant is exposed, because they are usually the same as those its mother has been in contact with.
source: L A Hanson et al. Breastfeeding protects against infections and allergy. Breastfeeding Review; Nov l988 , pp l9 - 22.

For some interesting tables and charts on breast milk, and it's antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti parasitic factors... Go here...

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