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Breastmilk Bath

Breastmilk Bath

Posted on  June 10, 2023

We all know the nutritious benefits of breastmilk for our little ones. Beyond simply providing nutrition, breastmilk is known for its many advantages for a baby’s health. Using breastmilk for baby bathing is one activity that is becoming more and more common among moms lately.

How should a milk bath be applied?

You just need to add some breast milk to your baby’s bathwater; there is no magic involved.

Breast milk is brimming with nutrients that nourish, shield, and heal both the inside and outside of your baby, so taking a milk bath can help treat skin conditions. Breastmilk contains nutrients, antioxidants, and antibodies that support healthy skin.

The healing properties of hundreds of thousands of nutrients, fats, and vitamins in breast milk can affect your baby’s skin positively.

Human milk comprises of 0.8 to 0.9 percent protein, 3 to 5 percent fat, 6.9 to 7.2 percent carbohydrates, and various vitamins, minerals, and bioactive substances. Here is a breakdown on what nutrient helps while you give your baby a breastmilk bath.

  • Immunoglobulin A, a blood protein that contains infection-fighting bacteria.
  • Palmitic acid is a super-moisturizer.
  • Lauric acid doubles as a moisturizer and antibacterial agent.
  • Vaccenic acid protects and nourishes the skin.
  • Linoleic acid lightens spots and reduces inflammation.

 

Benefits of a breastmilk bath

  • Moisturizes skin
  • Heals small wounds
  • Soothe diaper rash and heals eczema

How do you give a breast milk bath?

  • As per usual, add warm water to your baby’s bath.
  • Add about 90-120ml of Breast milk. Just enough to get a cloudy texture on the bath water. 
  • Splash the milky water over your baby’s body while letting them soak for 5 to 15 minutes.
  • pat them dry once you take your baby out. 
  • Moisturize your baby with any of their baby lotions. And don’t forget to breathe in that lovely fragrance of your freshly washed baby. 

How often should you give milk baths?

Your baby’s skin only needs to be cleaned once or twice a week in breastmilk to stay supple, clear, and smooth.

If you have concerns that taking baths could reduce your milk supply, take fewer milk baths and alternate them with traditional soap and water baths. Nurse your baby frequently if there seems to be a shortage of breast milk supply.

So let us say goodbye to those worries and hello to a radiant, soft, and supple baby skin. Do keep in mind, we are trying the most natural remedy and it takes A LOT of time for positive results. In the meantime, you can enjoy bath time a little more while your baby spends a little more time soaking in the tub.

Consult your healthcare physician or lactation consultant to ensure correct hygiene practices. or any concerns you have at all.  Accept this amazing practice, and see how your baby thrives in the nurturing arms of breastfeeding.

We hope this article has given you lovely mom’s a new outlook on the benefits of breastmilk that YOU produce and to have some extra quality bath time with your little angels.

Have you ever tried breastmilk baths? Comment on your experience!

 

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