Apply Breast Milk onto Eczema Rash same as 1% Hydrocortisone
This 2015 Iran study is interesting - It undertook a randomized control trial to determine if APPLYING breast milk onto eczema rash will help reduce the rashes, and the conclusion was human breast milk (HBM) improve infant atopic eczema with the same results as 1% hydrocortisone ointment.
The background for the study was that breast milk is known for its many benefits, including:
- Protection from infections because of its natural antimicrobial agents
- Immunity for infants (IgA protects from skin infections)
- Contains antibodies, lysozymes (kills bacteria), polymorphonuclear leukocytes (anti-inflammatory), and bifidus factors (stimulates good bacteria and reduces bacteria adhering to skin cells and binding with pathogens i.e. unnecessary binding to harmless foreign matter causes hypersensitivity)
The Iranian infants were separated into two groups: (1) thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone ointment applied twice a day to active eczema lesions; and (2) rub breast milk twice a day at the end of breastfeeding on the eczema lesions.
The result was that both groups (total 104 infants) had similar results after the treatment, meaning that you can use breast milk as effectively as applying a mild corticosteroid!
Here's many interesting reads on various news channel whereby mothers have used their breast milk to cure their baby's eczema
Medela also wrote an article on many benefits of breast milk
Here are some milk storage bottles if you need to start pumping and storing more breast milk!
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 100 Count (1 Pack of 100 Bags), Milk Freezer Bags for Long Term Breastfeeding Storage, Pump Directly into Bags
Medela Breast Milk Storage Bags, 100 Count, Ready to Use Breastmilk Bags for Breastfeeding, Self Standing Bag
I couldn't find breast milk soap on Amazon, but found this recommended goat's milk soap instead.
Lavender Goats Milk Soap Bar with Oats - Gentle Exfoliating Bath Soap. Moisturizing Dry Skin Face & Body Wash. Mild Natural and Organic Soap. Artisan Handmade Soap