I’m so excited to share this one with all of you breastfeeding mamas!! This super simple recipe comes from Alex Finn. She posted to one of our parent groups a while back about how she had made breast milk body butter & I was intrigued. I asked her if she would let me share with my readers & she kindly obliged. Thank you so much Alex!
Now as we all know, breast milk is so healing. Inside & out. There are so many studies to show just how magical breast milk really is.
Many pumping moms will use their frozen breast milk (that’s gone over the freezer safe mark) (though, they say ‘fresh squeezed is best’) for making milk baths because it’s so good for our littles skin. (& ours too!) It’s great for restoring dry skin & fixing so many skin issues.
Lots of breastfeeding moms also swear that their milk is the answer to many ailments. (diaper rash, cradle cap, ear aches, eye issues, baby acne, healing small spots, clearing skin, relieving a stuffed up nose, etc)
It’s a well-known fact that rubbing your own breast milk on dry cracked nipples when starting the nursing process can help heal you up super fast & provide great relief.
It can also help clear up eczema, clear up acne, be used as an ointment to treat sunburn, itching or stinging, people even use it as a facial cleanser as it helps to clear up & smooth skin.
This post shows that breast milk has been linked to killing 40 types of cancer cells in tests.
I’m not going to pretend I don’t squirt the baby with breast milk when I notice a small skin issue. ^_^ Said issue is usually cleared up not long after.
Simply Real Moms has a fabulous post titled: 35 Breast Milk Home Remedies & they’re also offering a Free Printable of all the uses on their list.
Okay, onto the recipe:
Breast Milk Body Butter:
- 3 oz of breast milk
- 3 oz of pure grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon of Beeswax or Carnauba Wax (Vegan Alternative)
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
Alex microwaved the beeswax to melt it but I usually recommend using an old pan, melting pot or double boiler. She melted the beeswax with the grapeseed oil, then poured the breast milk in once it was melted. Whisk and then add in the vitamin E last.
Keep Refrigerated. (remember it is milk after all.) If consistency changes or you suspect your mix has gone rancid, dispose right away & whip up a fresh batch. I never make things in large batches so it stays fresh. I would only make how much you think you’ll use within the month & remake as needed. It’s such a fast & easy recipe. (Alex says hers keeps up to three months)
Adding in a few drops of essential oil while whipping. **Just be sure what you’re adding is safe for babies & toddlers & breastfeeding mamas of course.**
I decided to try to make a version of my own with the ingredients I have on hand. I also really wanted to add calendula for even more healing properties. I think mine turned more into lotion, rather than butter but OH MAMA, it makes your skin feel lovely.
Breast Milk Body Lotion:
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tbsp Beeswax or Carnauba Wax (Vegan Alternative)
- 1 tbsp Calendula oil (infuse your own)
- 1 tbsp Jojoba oil
- 1 tsp Coconut oil
- 3oz breast milk
- Melting pot, pan, etc.
- Storage Container (there’s lots to choose from on MRH)
I started by melting 1 tbsp of beeswax in a pan on the stove then adding in a tbsp each of jojoba oil & calendula oil followed by a tsp of coconut oil, & mixed everything together until well combined.
I then removed from heat, stirred in my defrosted 3oz of freezer milk & continued to whisk until it was cool. Usually I use an electric mixer to make this nice & frothy but baby & daddy were napping on the couch so I hand whisked instead.
Optionally, add in a few drops of essential oils while mixing the cooled mixture. Be certain the oils you use are safe for baby, toddler & breastfeeding mamas. I recommend this book: Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding by Demetria Clark. Amazon.com purchase link – USA / Amazon.ca purchase link – CANADA
Keep Refrigerated. If consistency changes or you suspect your mix has gone rancid, dispose right away & whip up a fresh batch. I never make things in large batches so it stays fresh. I would only make how much you think you’ll use within the month & remake as needed. It’s such a fast & easy recipe.
This lotion turned out awesome!! I put some on my dry hands, face & lips & it feels amazing. It went on a tad oily but that didn’t last long at all. It soaked right in and feels super soft!! (if you put too much on you can always steam off with a soft warm face cloth)
I’m starting a facial routine using this & will report back with the results. ❤
Have you used breast milk as your secret healing ingredient?
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