It Might Help in Umbilical Cord Separation
Instead of dumping leftover breast milk, you can perhaps use it to reduce cord separation time.
As of now, the World Health Organization advocates the use of “dry cord care”. In this method, mothers do not need to apply antiseptics like alcohol to the umbilical cord. All they need to do is keep it dry and clean.
However, the WHO also urges scientists to research the possibility of using human breast milk to promote cord healing. This is because some studies have already yielded positive results.
One good example is the research done in Iran involving 130 mature, healthy, and breastfed newborns. The researchers asked the mothers of one group to “drop” breastmilk on the remaining part of their baby’s cord; the other group used the dry cord care method.
Results showed that the application of human breast milk “reduces” cord separation time.
Furthermore, the researchers concluded that breast milk “can be used as an easy, cheap, and non-invasive way for cord care”.
For moms, it’s really difficult to throw away leftover or excess breast milk. That’s why it’s not surprising for you to look for its other uses.
Studies show that you can potentially use breast milk to treat skin rashes, warts, and nipple pain. Additionally, it might even help promote umbilical cord healing.
However, don’t forget to stay cautious, because as experts explained, leftover breast milk could be prone to contamination. Always consult your doctor if you need treatment for any skin condition and other concerns.
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