I formulate skin care for a living, am obsessed with decadent plant oils and have dozens of lotions and potions from other companies I admire overflowing my bathroom cabinet. So what I did when my three-week-old, beautiful newborn broke out in full body baby acne may surprise you. I didn’t reach for a product, rather my own breast. Yes, that’s right! It turns out that breast milk is no joke when it comes to the plethora of infant and childhood (and even adulthood!) solutions it offers.
I have yet to find a better cure for wildly reactive infant skin than the liquid rescue remedy that my own body produces.
What Makes Breast Milk So Healing
Breast milk contains high quantities of lauric acid (also found in coconut oil) which acts as a gentle exfoliant and is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial. It hydrates, heals and protects and, for nursing mothers, is free and fresh on-demand. As a sleep-deprived new mom with no time to research products or run to the store, this is a serious discovery.
The instructions are simple…
Express a little milk into your palm and smooth over baby’s skin onto any irritated areas. For my hyper-sensitive little girl, this meant almost a full on milk bath was needed to conquer the dermatitis on her face, red bumps on her chest and back and her one-time case of diaper rash.
When her ears started looking scaly, she got a squirt in there too. Breast milk can make a big difference in eliminating ear infections and even pink eye!
Breast Milk Can Do Wonders for You, Too
Now that your baby is back to silky smooth perfection, I should share that this secret works wonders on your skin, too. Rough patches, flakes, hormonal flare-ups? You are covered. Eczema, psoriasis, cuts, scrapes? Check. Sore nipples, C-Section scar, chapped lips? The list is pretty endless.
There are arguments that these are simply old wives’ tales, but my personal experience and the convincing stories of countless other mothers tells me it’s worth a shot to experiment with the bounty of natural medicine my own body has provided.
And let’s be honest — these first months of parenthood come with more photo opportunities than the average woman is used to. I want to document my daughter’s every moment and milestone, but when Daddy grabs the camera, I’m often in that frame, too. The good news —
my sweet girl now has the complexion of a white rose petal and my skin has never looked better.