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Breast Milk is the Best Medicine

It heals just about anything!

Ever hear that old wives tale that breast milk can be used for just about anything?

Well I can now confirm it clears up pink eye! Because we had a nasty bout of it through out house over the tail end of last week and the weekend. Poor Addison was the main victim of it too.

She also just so happened to be the only one in the house that could not use any kind of prescription medication to clear it up.

When I called our pediatrician for a prescription on Friday — both of my older children got one, and the pediatrician’s recommendation for Addison?

Breast milk in the eye!

I wasn’t exactly shocked though. I knew it works, because I have had several people tell me do it it — as well as share their own experience.

Plus over the summer when both of her older brothers had their first round of pink eye, I made sure to squirt Addison a couple times in the eye just to make sure she didn’t get it — and she made it through the great pink eye outbreak of 2011 just fine!

But when the pediatrician told me to use it as opposed to a traditional prescription medication-type remedy I started wondering what else breast milk could be a cure all for?

I can tell you my search certainly turned up some interesting results!

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  • Pink Eye 1 of 10
    Pink Eye
    Also known as conjunctivitis.
    Breast milk is most commonly known for healing this with ease!
    Worked like a charm in our case!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Ear Infections 2 of 10
    Ear Infections
    Yup!
    Who would have thought?
    I never knew that breast milk could be used to treat an ear infection.
    I knew that breastfed babies typically don't get as many ear infections, but I was NOT aware that you could use an eye dropper of expressed milk as medicine!
    You learn something new every day!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Sore & Cracked Nipples 3 of 10
    Sore & Cracked Nipples
    Ever breastfed before?
    I am willing to bet you have landed yourself in some pain with sore/cracked or even bleeding nipples.
    It happens to the best of us. But when you are all out of that expensive and fancy nipple cream in the middle of the night, and no place that would carry it is actually open...
    Use some of your own breast milk!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Mosquito Bites 4 of 10
    Mosquito Bites
    Got an itchy mosquito bite from hell?
    Squirt some breast milk on it and be on your way!
    Yup! Breast milk will help to heal your mosquito bites.
    Again, something I did not know!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Ache, Diaper Rash & Rashes 5 of 10
    Ache, Diaper Rash & Rashes
    I knew this one!
    In most cases breast milk can clear up diaper rash, and various other baby acne rashes!
    Of course if the rash isn't clearing with breast milk you should try something else. Just a little common sense right?
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Removes Eye Makeup 6 of 10
    Removes Eye Makeup
    Totally random, and not medically related at all but how freaking cool is this?
    I hate all the different kind of oily creams to get eye makeup off, and who would have thought you could use breast milk to do it?
    SCORE!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Stuffy Noses 7 of 10
    Stuffy Noses
    I never knew this one!
    You could use breast milk like saline! Just squirt a little bit up a stuffy nose, and use your aspirator to suck the boogers out and your are golden!
    I am going to be trying that one!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Cradle Cap 8 of 10
    Cradle Cap
    Skip the harsh lotions and chemicals!
    And use some of your very own breast milk... or someone else's... I mean whatever floats your boat right?
    I wish I would have known this a while back when we were battling it!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Soar Throat 9 of 10
    Soar Throat
    Believe it or not it can help heal a sore throat!
    Or at least make you feel a little bit better!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Contact Solution? 10 of 10
    Contact Solution?
    I don't use contacts, and never heard of this before, but I am sure it makes sense!
    Because of the sterile nature of breast milk and the fact that it has lubricating properties in it some will use it for contact solution in a pinch.
    I guess if I wore contacts, and got in a pinch... I would too!
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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