Human breast milk is basically like magic. Not only is it the perfect food for human babies, it's also full of living cells and antibodies that boost baby's immune system, and it's composition changes based on your baby's saliva through nursing.
They don't call it liquid gold for nothing!
My son has very sensitive skin, and as we were navigating his FPIES diagnosis we realized that was the main cause of the worst cases of blistering diaper rash I have ever seen. The acid from his digestive system after ingesting a trigger food was causing practically burning his poor bum. Even the prescription cream we got from our pediatrician didn't help after weeks of use. I needed to find something else to help soothe his irritated skin.
And this little breast milk lotion recipe cleared him up in two days!
Since perfecting this recipe, I have started using it for everything.
Cradle cap, bug bites, dry skin, minor cuts and scrapes, eczema,
rashy cheeks, prickly heat, and more!
It keeps in the fridge for up to 3 months, so it's easy to always keep it on-hand.
3-4 Ounces of Breast Milk (room temperature)
4 Ounces of Grapeseed Oil or Coconut Oil (sweet almond oil works well too)
1 1/2 Teaspoons of White Beeswax pellets
5 Drops of Vitamin E Oil
1-3 Drops of your favorite essential oils (I like to use 2 drops of lavender and 1 drop of roman chamomile) [optional]
- Mix your beeswax and oil in a bowl and heat slowly until melted.
- Add vitamin E, essential oil, and room temperature breast milk, and whisk together rapidly until mixture begins to thicken.
- Pour into airtight containers and allow to cool.
Store in refrigerator for up to 3 months.
- I store and freeze most of my breastmilk in 3 ounce bags, but I occasionally do 2 ounce bags. This recipe works well with 3 to 4 ounces of breastmilk. If you want to use 2 ounces, I would recommend cutting the entire recipe in half.
- Measure your beeswax a little conservatively. It's better to slightly underfill your spoon than to overfill.
- I use the microwave to heat my oil and beeswax. 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time. You don't want it to boil, but you want it fully melted to ensure proper mixing.
- An electric mixer works great instead of whisking. It makes quick work of this kitchen creation!
- I wash and reuse old 2 ounce baby food jars, but I found these great little 4 ounce mason jars on Amazon!
- You can use expired milk for this lotion. I admit to having stored breast milk in my freezer beyond its recommended use-by date. I just couldn't bring myself to throw it away! But since it will be preserved and emulsified in this lotion, it is 100% safe to use for this recipe!
Different oils will produce different lotion types.
I love Coconut Oil, but it makes this lotion less lotion-y and more like a balm. I had to scoop out a little chunk and let it melt on the skin. It does leave a slight greasy feeling afterwards, but it has amazing moisturizing power.
Grapeseed Oil has a more lotion-like consistency, but is still a bit heavy. It will leave a slightly greasy feel, less than the coconut oil though. It absorbs in after a few minutes.
Sweet Almond Oil is a great choice, but only if you are not allergic to nuts!
The next time I make it, I might just use all three and see how it turns out!
One last thing -
I cannot stress how simple this recipe really is to make. I whipped up a batch this morning in the time it took my coffee maker to brew a pot, while my whole family was still sleeping! Once you have the ingredients in your pantry, you can mix up a jar in just a few quick minutes!
Please note: I am not suggesting you use this lotion instead of the medicine your doctor prescribed for you. I am not a medical professional, and I am not qualified to give medical advice. This lotion is meant to be used in between the medicine or cream applications, or regularly to prevent eczema flairs from coming back. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.
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