You’ve probably heard the praises heaped upon the power of breast milk. You might have sung some of those praises yourself from time to time. From reportedly being able to clear up your baby’s skin to soothing your own sore nipples, breast milk is a marvel. But did you know that there are many incredibly things you can make with your own breast milk?
There’s a reason why breast milk is called liquid gold. “First and foremost, it is Mother Nature’s breast cream,” Michelle Collins, Ph.D., a Women, Children and Family Nursing professor at Rush University College of Nursing. “No need to purchase fancy breast/nipple creams when all mothers should so is, after each feeding (particularly just starting out breastfeeding) squeeze out a few drops and rub it into the nipple and areola.” The specific fats, proteins, and antibodies in the milk help heal any tiny cracks or fissures that may have incurred during breastfeeding.
And then there’s the crafty aspect of breast milk. Need a new ring? Express some of your BM and you’ll have some shiny new bling on your finger in no time, according to The Bump. Lips are chapped? Yep, you can use your breast milk to make your lips kissable once again. “Breast milk is obviously perfectly suited as the ideal nutrition for infants,” says Collins. “Aside from using it for its nutritional value, some mothers have found other creative uses for it, too.” Truly, there’s so much more that you can do with your breast milk than feed your baby (although that’s totally important, too). If you’re curious to see what other creations you can come up with, read on.