Would you eat a breastmilk cupcake?

22:53, Mar 21 2013
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SEE CLEARLY: Breast milk can be used as a substitute for contact lens cleaner.
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LATHER UP: Breast milk soap is great for eczema and dry skin.
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SORE NIPPLES? Applying breast milk to the affected area can heal the sore skin.
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DRY LIPS? Breast milk can replenish moisture.
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SMELL FRESH: Just rub some on your clean pits and smell sweet all day.
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HOT DAY: Sunburn? Breast milk applied to the area takes the sting away and helps with the healing process.
Benefits of breast milk
TUMMY ACHE: Some believe that breast milk could help ease the symptoms of Crohn's disease. Organ donation recipients can also benefit from the milk's immunologic powers
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BAKING FUN? Breastmilk can readily be substituted for anything that calls for milk- from bread to butter infact...
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SAY CHEESE: Cheese is a milk product too- so yip, you guessed it, breast milk cheese..
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SPECIAL DESSERT: And breast milk ice cream...
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DAILY DAIRY:Breast milk yoghurt is another option.
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BAKING TIME: Might make for an interesting chat at tea time, but you can surprise everyone with some real homemade- homemade cupcakes.
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SKIN ISSUES: As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2004, a natural compound nicknamed HAMLET can be used to treat - and eventually get rid of - warts. HAMLET is found in breast milk, and some mums have found success with applying milk to the warts a few times a day.
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BABY AILMENTS: Nappy rash? Stuffy nose? Turn that upside down smile the right way around with breast milk remedies!
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ROUGH TUMBLE: As breast milk is sterile and has antibacterial, antiseptic and healing properties, it can be used to help heal cuts, grazes and scratches.
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SORE THROAT: Breastmilk can also be used as a gargle or drink to soothe sore throats.
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BEAUTY REGIME: Tired and red eyes can be soothed by breast milk on a cotton wool pad.
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ITCHY: The great properties of breast milk mean it can be patted onto rashes to help reduce redness and itching, it can also be used to soothe chickenpox.
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DELICATE HEADS:Some mums swear that breast milk can get rid of cradle cap. Just gently massage a small amount onto the scalp while breastfeeding; there's no need to wash it off. It's said to clear the scalp up after a few days of regular treatment.

The slogan 'breast is best' is undisputed, but you would you consider whipping some up for yogurt and butter? Or cleaning your contact lenses with it? Truth is you can and more.

There are literally dozens of resources on the web outlining what you can do with breast milk, some creative, some a bit out there. Here are a few for you to consider:

Breast toiletries around

It may not be Maybelline, but you are born with it. Here are some toiletry ideas for breast milk:

Firstly, you could use your breast milk to clean your contact lenses you could use it to make soap. Sore nipples? Rub some milk on.

If you suffer from dry lips during winter, A little dab can replenish moisture and if you don't have time to pop out to get groceries during the first few weeks, you could always use breast milk instead of deodorant.

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After a day at the beach, breast milk can soothe sunburn.

Breast idea for aches and pains

Toddler has a graze? You're battling a sore tummy? Don't panic, call Dr Breast, on call 24/7 and able to fix pretty much anthing.

Tummy ache? Breast milk doesn't just help infant's immune systems, it could help you too

Warts- breast milk can cure them.Nappy rash? Sorted.

Scrapes and grazes , cradle cap , sore throats, stuffy nose , rashes and chickpox - none are a match for the powers of breast milk.

Breast baking

Forget Masterchef, Chelsea best home baker, Jamie Oliver and the rest, with the breast kept secret ingredient in town, you will be cooking up a storm:

From bread to butter and yogurt and even cheese breast milk could save you on a huge grocery bill.

Don't forget the sweet treats either, ice cream and cupcakes.

You breast believe it!

So what is in our boobs when we lactate? Lots and lots of nutrients! Here are a few:  

Protein

Lactoferrin which inhibits the growth of iron-dependent bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.  This inhibits certain organisms, such as coliforms and yeast, that require iron.

Secretory IgA which also works to protect baby from viruses and bacteria, specifically those that the baby, mum, and family are exposed to.  It also helps to protect against E. Coli and possibly allergies. 

Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects the infant against E. Coli and Salmonella. It also promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora and has anti-inflammatory functions.

Bifidus factor supports the growth of lactobacillus.  Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria that protects the baby against harmful bacteria by creating an acidic environment where it cannot survive.

Fats

Human milk also contains fats that are essential for the health of your baby.  It is necessary for brain development, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and is a primary calorie source.  Long chain fatty acids are needed for brain, retina, and nervous system development.  They are deposited in the brain during the last trimester of pregnancy and are also found in breast milk. 

Vitamins

The amount and types of vitamins in breast milk is directly related to the mother's vitamin intake.  This is why it is essential that she gets adequate nutrition, including vitamins.  Fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K, are all vital to the infant's health.  Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, and panthothenic acid are also essential.  Because of the need for these vitamins, many healthcare providers and lactation consultants will have nursing mothers continue on prenatal vitamins.

Carbohydrates

Lactose is the primary carbohydrate found in human milk.  It accounts for approximately 40 per cent of the total calories provided by breast milk.  Lactose helps to decrease the amount of unhealthy bacteria in the stomach, which improves the absorption of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.  It helps to fight disease and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach. 

Basically, breast milk has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates.  There is nothing better for the health of your baby.  Leukocytes are living cells that are only found in breast milk.  They help fight infection.  It is the antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones that make breast milk ideal.  These cannot be added to formula. 

Tell us: Would you bake with breast milk? Any other recipes you have found for breast milk that you have tried?

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