A mum of two claims she cured her children’s eczema by bathing them in her breast milk. After reading about some breastfeeding tips and the treatment online, 27-year-old Lizzie Dempsey, from Southampton, decided to mix her milk in with her babies’ bath water to help soothe their dry patches of skin (human breast milk in water).
She says that despite trying a long list of lotions and creams, breast milk is the only thing that calms the symptoms of George, two, and Isla, nine months.
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Explaining how her retail manager husband Ashley, 29, helped give the youngsters their weekly baths, she said: ‘I would recommend it because it is a safe and easy way to help your baby’s skin. ‘Some people might be a bit squeamish about it, but it is 100% natural and we really enjoyed doing it.’
The Power Of Human Breast Milk
Lizzie says George was born totally healthy in December 2015, however, when he was a few weeks old, she noticed some patches of dry skin on his stomach. Initially, she tried to combat the problem – which has now been confirmed as eczema – with lotions and creams, but nothing seemed to work.
Like many mums, she turned to social media for advice. She explained: ‘I’m in some mums’ groups and when I asked about it, lots of members had tried breast milk baths and recommended them.
‘My midwife suggested it too and when I was looking online, it constantly came up in searches.’ When George was eight weeks old, Lizzie washed him in breast milk for the first time.
She continued: ‘It worked really quickly. From there, I did it weekly. ‘I found it gave him super soft skin every time.
I breastfed both kids and would express and freeze an extra supply for the baths. ‘I would use around 6oz a time just added to plain warm bath water, and swirl it in, turning the water a soft white color.
Occasionally I’d add some lavender oil for a particularly relaxing bath at bedtime.’ After just a few weeks, little George’s eczema started to disappear.
When her second child, Isla, was born in September last year, Lizzie soon noticed her daughter was suffering from the skin condition too.
The young mum immediately decided to start giving her breast milk baths too. ‘I did it weekly when Isla was a newborn,’ she said. ‘Then, as my milk supply decreased, I started to do it every fortnight or so.
‘It really helped with her skin, and I knew there were none of the harsh chemicals that can be in some bubble baths.
‘I also felt it was a nice way to continue with the breastfeeding journey. It was a really special thing to share together.’ As Isla reached six months, Lizzie’s milk supply began to drop, and the tot had to be supplemented with formula feeds to ensure she got enough food.
‘Unfortunately, that led to the end of our breastfeeding journey. Isla preferred the bottle, and we tried everything like drinking more water, drinking oat milk and eating lactation cookies, which are filled with milk boosting ingredients like flaxseed and nuts – but we couldn’t get my milk supply back up.
‘I had a little bit of frozen milk left and we were able to give her one last bath at the end of April. ‘I added some flowers for her last one and took some pictures, so we could treasure the memories. She loved them. (Breastfeeding tips,)
‘I think it was calming for her to be in my milk. I always found her much more chilled after a milk bath than any other, and I think helped with our bond – although she did try to eat the flowers on her last one.’
How does breast milk help eczema?
Human breast milk provides nutrition for infants and offers protection against infections. It has significant amounts of complement components that contain natural antimicrobial agents. Some of these antimicrobial agents in the breast milk include antibodies, lysozymes, polymorphonuclear leukocytes, of which can treat skin infections by killing bacteria, as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.
According to Dr. Wang Skincare, human breast milk is also said to have wound healing properties.
Source: Metro UK