Those of you who have seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” may know what I am referring to. For everybody else: in above said film, Windex seems to solve every problem.
Fast forward to year 2015, and I’m determined that breast milk is now the one stop shop to fix problems, and I’m not even 2 weeks in! On top of all the benefits and perks of breastfeeding that we hear, I wasn’t expecting what follows…
John and I welcomed our baby girl into the world last week and as new parents do, within 24 hours, we were calling our midwife with concerns about our baby’s new skin. (This is after one home visit already at the 12 hour mark). Our baby girl had developed a little rash all over her skin and until we actually spoke to the midwife, we thought it was probably the detergent (which by the way, is as natural as you can get), and decided to re-wash blankets and sleepers and had our baby pretty naked until we were able to get our midwife on the phone. She assured us it was just the baby getting used to her new world and to stop washing all her clothes! Oops! She suggested I put extra milk on baby’s skin to help soothe and heal. So, after feedings, this is what I did and within 48 hours, her skin was perfect once again.
This week presented a new concern. Baby’s eye was leaking and i immediately took to Google to find out why. Turns out this is COMPLETELY NORMAL and was most likely just a blocked tear duct. This time I waited until my appointment with the midwife to find out more. She assured me once again that this was normal, and if I wanted to help clear the duct, to drop some milk into baby’s eye and gently massage the duct. Wouldn’t you know it, within minutes of doing this, baby was once again, wide eyed and able to see her world again.
I was told for any scratch, rash, or ailment of baby’s, try breast milk. When in doubt, put some milk on it. I know I don’t have many examples, but hey, my babe isn’t even 2 weeks old and already breast milk is solving all of her problems! And as a new mother, this is an encouragement to keep it up!
For now, mama’s milk may help baby’s issues, but I’ll keep my boobs clear of the windows and mirrors for now! 😉
Please note this post is NOT about the division between formula and breast milk, and should not be construed as such. After giving birth and going through a few tough weeks of feeding, I want to be clear that there is NO JUDGEMENT of mothers, no matter how you feed your child. It is a personal decision and each comes with a long list of pros and cons. As mamas, we need to support each other in the day to day decisions of motherhood… Only fellow mothers really know how truly difficult and rewarding our job is.