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February Carnival of Breastfeeding: Money Saving Tips

Money-saving-tips Welcome to the February Carnival of Breastfeeding which rather appropriately, considering the current economic climate, is focusing on money saving tips!

For this Carnival I thought I''d share an article I wrote for my website a while ago which concentrates on some of my favourite uses  for breastmilk.

Since breastmilk is naturally sterile and has antibacterial, antiseptic and healing properties there are many occasions when it can be used instead of or alongside more well-known treatments.

Breastmilk can be used to treat:

  • Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis - Drip a few drops of expressed breastmilk into the affected eyes. This often cures the condition within a very short time and can sometimes mean antibiotic eye drops can be avoided. (Of course, seek advice from your gp if the eyes don't begin to clear up with a day or so.)

  • Nappy Rash - Using a cotton pad soaked in expressed breastmilk, pat the affected area and allow to dry before replacing the baby's nappy. It's cheaper than purchasing nappy cream but just as effective!

  • Blocked Nose - If your baby has dried, hard mucus in his/ her nose it can make breastfeeding difficult as the baby's breathing is affected. Either drip one or two drops into the baby's nose from a little nasal dropper or from a cotton wool ball soaked in breastmilk. It is best to do this whilst the baby is feeding as he or she will inhale the milk. Only do one nostril at a time and don't put more than a drop or two of milk into the nostril or the baby will choke. After inhaling the breastmilk the baby often sneezes the softened and moistened mucus out and the nose should be clear again! This is a more pleasant and cheaper way to ease the problem of a stuffy nose than yucky tasting saline drops!

  • Spots - Dab a little breastmilk on your own spots and allow to dry before applying makeup. Best done at night after washing and drying your face/ body. Not only does it save you money but it won't dry out your skin the way some treatments do!

  • Cracked/ Sore Nipples - Breastfeeding mothers sometimes complain about sore or cracked nipples in the early days of breastfeeding. Very often this is caused by the baby being incorrectly positioned on the breast and once the position is corrected the problem no longer exists. However, in the meantime, after each breastfeed gently express a little breastmilk and smooth it around the sore area. Let it dry before replacing your nursing pad or bra. Doing this after every breastfeed is often an effective treatment and replaces the need for nipple creams!

  • Chapped Lips - If you are suffering from dry, chapped lips gently rub a little breastmilk on them several times a day and before too long your lips will be soft and luscious once again! No need to carry around tubes of lip balm when you've got your very own free supply!

  • Sore Throats/ Mouth Ulcers - If your baby has a sore throat, breastmilk will help get rid of the problem. For older children who are no longer breastfeeding, you can express some breastmilk into a cup and let them drink it until the problem clears up.

  • Scratches and Burns - Breastmilk can aid the healing process and provide some relief from the discomfort of minor burns and scratches. Apply it carefully using a cotton pad and allow to dry. Reapply regularly.

  • Cleanser - Believe it or not breastmilk can be used as a cleanser and can even remove stubborn make-up! Just dip a cotton pad in some expressed breastmilk and wipe it over your face. Again, this is cheaper than using shop bought cleanser and is much more natural and gentle on your skin too!

  • Eczema/ Skin Rashes - Breastmilk can help bring some relief from conditions such as eczema and can also alleviate itching that accompanies urticaria (hives) and chickenpox.

  • Ear Infections - If your baby or child has a suspected ear infection, dripping some breastmilk into the ear can help to aid the healing process. If the pain is severe you should see a doctor as you may need to use an antibiotic but breastmilk will help to start things off.

  • Insect Bites - Rub some breastmilk into the area and allow to dry. It will help stop any itching and also provide antiseptic protection. It won't sting the skin as many insect bite sprays and lotions do and is available whenever required!

  • Contact Lens Solution - Because it is sterile, breastmilk can be used to cleanse dry contact lenses in an emergency.

Have you any alternative and money-saving ways of using breastmilk? Please share them in the comments!

Visit the other bloggers participating in this month's Carnival (updated throughout the day):

Motherwear shares cheap home remedies for breastfeeding problems.

Hobo Mama shares some tongue-in-cheek tips for saving money.

Blacktating shares money-saving breastfeeding tips.

Milk Act shares how breastfeeding made her more frugal.

Mamas Worldwide shares instructions on turning a regular bra into a nursing bra.

Breastfeeding 1-2-3 shares a recipe for homemade Pedialyte.

Zen Mommy writes about how she saves money while breastfeeding.

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