The slogan 'breast is best' is undisputed, but you would you consider whipping some up for yogurt and butter? Or cleaning your contact lenses with it? Truth is you can and more.
There are literally dozens of resources on the web outlining what you can do with breast milk, some creative, some a bit out there. Here are a few for you to consider:
Breast toiletries around
It may not be Maybelline, but you are born with it. Here are some toiletry ideas for breast milk:
If you suffer from dry lips during winter, A little dab can replenish moisture and if you don't have time to pop out to get groceries during the first few weeks, you could always use breast milk instead of deodorant.
After a day at the beach, breast milk can soothe sunburn.
Breast idea for aches and pains
Toddler has a graze? You're battling a sore tummy? Don't panic, call Dr Breast, on call 24/7 and able to fix pretty much anthing.
Tummy ache? Breast milk doesn't just help infant's immune systems, it could help you too!
Forget Masterchef, Chelsea best home baker, Jamie Oliver and the rest, with the breast kept secret ingredient in town, you will be cooking up a storm:
You breast believe it!
So what is in our boobs when we lactate? Lots and lots of nutrients! Here are a few:
Lactoferrin which inhibits the growth of iron-dependent bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. This inhibits certain organisms, such as coliforms and yeast, that require iron.
Secretory IgA which also works to protect baby from viruses and bacteria, specifically those that the baby, mum, and family are exposed to. It also helps to protect against E. Coli and possibly allergies.
Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects the infant against E. Coli and Salmonella. It also promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora and has anti-inflammatory functions.
Bifidus factor supports the growth of lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria that protects the baby against harmful bacteria by creating an acidic environment where it cannot survive.
Human milk also contains fats that are essential for the health of your baby. It is necessary for brain development, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and is a primary calorie source. Long chain fatty acids are needed for brain, retina, and nervous system development. They are deposited in the brain during the last trimester of pregnancy and are also found in breast milk.
The amount and types of vitamins in breast milk is directly related to the mother's vitamin intake. This is why it is essential that she gets adequate nutrition, including vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, are all vital to the infant's health. Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, and panthothenic acid are also essential. Because of the need for these vitamins, many healthcare providers and lactation consultants will have nursing mothers continue on prenatal vitamins.
Lactose is the primary carbohydrate found in human milk. It accounts for approximately 40 per cent of the total calories provided by breast milk. Lactose helps to decrease the amount of unhealthy bacteria in the stomach, which improves the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It helps to fight disease and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach.
Basically, breast milk has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates. There is nothing better for the health of your baby. Leukocytes are living cells that are only found in breast milk. They help fight infection. It is the antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones that make breast milk ideal. These cannot be added to formula.
Tell us: Would you bake with breast milk? Any other recipes you have found for breast milk that you have tried?
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