An Aussie mum says that bathing her three-year-old daughter in breast milk soothed her eczema and made her skin incredibly smooth.

Mum-of-four Mel Watts from NSW’s Central Coast has shared an unusual eczema treatment with her Instagram followers that helped her three-year-old daughter Indie.

The little girl has been suffering from the painful condition since she was a baby, with mum Mel admitting that she struggled to find treatments that provided relief, so she turned to breast milk as a last resort and was amazed at the results.

Tried And Tested

Mel says she tried everything she could think of to help Indie, including putting her on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet and using various creams, but had little success until a friend told her about the effects of breast milk.

“Indie was so excited to have a bath in ‘boobie milk’,” Mel wrote in her post. “I mean you try everything right?”

“Taking breast milk donations. Yes, it’s not my breast milk cause that’ll be well and truly stale lol. Add: I don’t actually need your milk as I have a supplier up here. But try it in the bath for your babes, her skin is so smooth!”

Mel says that while the breast milk bath didn’t clear up the eczema completely, it significantly improved the dryness of Indie’s skin and reduced the inflammation and irritation associated with the skin disorder.

A Mixed Response

Responses to Mel’s post were mixed, with many suggesting that the home remedy was unnecessary and ineffective.

“Well that’s just stupid and very unsanitary,” one follower wrote.

“Bathing in it isn’t a necessity,” said another. “I just see more benefit for a child that actually drinks it.”

Others, however, said that they had witnessed the benefits of breast milk with their own children and used it on a regular basis to treat various conditions.

“Boobie milk fixes everything,” one mum said. “I used to put it on my little one’s skin, in their eyes, anything that needed fixing.”

“I used to put it in a spray bottle and just spray it straight onto my little man’s skin,” said another.

Eczema can be such a tricky condition to treat, and every child’s experience is different, so if something works for you and your family, and provides some relief, it can only be a good option.

Do you think breast milk is the answer to everything or should it be for feeding only? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Breastmilk seems to be a cure for a few things, I used it for cradle cap. Out some on his hair at the start of the bath and rinsed it off at the end – it cleared up slowly but surely!! I had also been told to try oil but found it too messy.

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  • I was told to put breastmilk on my baby’s eye for a blocked tear duct, also any other sores or abrasions by my midwives. It’s truly natures miracle cream.

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  • I hadn’t even thought of milk donations but what a great idea! My little one and I suffer from eczema and I had tried every cream o couldn’t find and nothing worked. I tried using my breastmilk and that seemed to help but after my milk dried up I have been trying to manage it with her steroid cream and oat baths. Whatever works I say!

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  • I don’t think it’s a stupid idea. For people who don’t suffer from eczema and who are unable to find relief, they may not undertake how difficult it is to find anything that can soothe, especially if it’s natural. Not all products can successfully work for everyone. I wonder if she only used a bit of milk mixed with water or bathed her in only milk? Hmm

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  • That’s an awful lot of breast milk but if it works just keep going. Wonder if they can make a cream from it.

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  • Well, I imagine you’d need an awful lot of breast milk for a bath!!

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  • Well ok whatever works for you I guess?

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  • If the milk has been properly screened for disease and it works great

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  • My doctor advised us to try breast milk for blocked tear ducts or suspected conjunctivitis before we tried anything else

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  • Breast milk in a spray bottle???

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  • I would have thought it okay if it was from your own milk for your own child, but not sure about the use of someone else’s. There are many other natural remedies to use but ultimately you need to find the cause, can be something in the atmosphere or the body or hair products used.

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  • The human body is so fascinating.

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  • probably spray and wipe the skin would be better.

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  • My daughter has eczema – she is now a teenager and it has gotten better.. Wish I had known this back then – I would’ve tried it. Good work mama.

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  • If these result’s of using breast milk have become a solution for this lady and her toddler’s skin then it should be looked into. Finding solutions to cure skin conditions is always positive.

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