In one paper they reviewed, the researchers suggested that it’s ineffective in treating atopic dermatitis (eczema). However, the reviewers noted that the particular research has many limitations. For one, it only had 6 participants.
Furthermore, two of the participants received breastmilk that was meant for younger babies. This means that 2 of the subjects were no longer newborns; they were, in fact, already 18.5 years old.
The Effects of Breast Milk on Atopic Dermatitis
One randomized trial (3) that divided the infant participants with atopic dermatitis into two groups. In one group, they asked the mothers to rub breast milk on their baby’s skin after each feeding. The other group received hydrocortisone cream as treatment.
In the end, they concluded that there was no significant difference between the effects of human breast milk and 1% hydrocortisone when it comes to treating mild to moderate atopic dermatitis.
The Effects of Breast Milk on Diaper Rash
Aside from atopic dermatitis, some researchers also assessed the effects of breast milk as a diaper rash treatment.
In one trial (4), the researchers divided 30 infants with diaper dermatitis into 2 groups. They asked the mothers in the experimental group to rub breast milk on the skin 3 times a day. The control group did not receive any treatment.
After 5 days of application, 80% of the participants in the experimental group showed improvement in their rashes. On the other hand, only 26.1% of the infants in the control group showed improvement.
When another study (5) tried to compare the healing effects of human breast milk and barrier cream for diaper rash, the results showed that barrier cream was more effective.