As a breastfeeding mum, you’re enlightened very early on about the magical qualities your breast milk holds.
And while you might be aware of the immunity-boosting, antibody-laden benefits of your breast milk for a sick bub (or yourself), there are some surprising natural uses you might not know about.
For example, some mums will attest that breast milk is a hack for conjunctivitis, an au naturale nipple cream, and even an ointment for those little face scratches (because no matter how much you cut a baby’s nails, they always manage to scratch themselves).
Yep. Pretty impressive.
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Knowing that breast milk contains antibacterial qualities, I wondered if it would work on an adult’s skin, too.
More specifically, the skin of a postpartum mum who’s breaking out like a hormonal teenager going through puberty. Yay!
So, in the name of investigative journalism, I did it. I used my own breast milk on my face for three whole weeks in an attempt to see if it would help curb my breakouts and heal the acne scars I’ve accrued.
Here’s what happened.
Okay, you’re probably wondering exactly how I used breast milk in my skin routine, yes?
Well, over the last three weeks I have been keeping a small stash of EBM (expressed breast milk) in the back of my fridge and using it over the course of three days. FYI: fresh breast milk can stay in the fridge for up to 72 hours before it spoils and the magic dies with it.