Breastmilk Lotion Recipe (2024)

This breastmilk lotion recipe is great for eczema, and easy to make!

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The idea of rubbing breastmilk on your skin may seem a little unconventional, and I’ll be honest – I found it a little off-putting when I first heard about it. However, that was before I was a breastfeeding Mama who couldn’t bear the thought of dumping out milk. It was also before I knew how amazing breastmilk is. I mean seriously, they don’t call it liquid gold for nothing!

Maybe you have an oversupply, or you drank a couple glasses of wine and don’t feel comfortable feeding your baby, but you still had to pump. Or maybe you’re looking for a homemade remedy to keep eczema at bay. If you have some extra milk around, I highly recommend using it to make lotion.

I was convinced that breastmilk is magical after it healed Marshall’s clogged tear duct when he was 5 days old. His eye was swollen shut and I could barely stand to look at his sweet little face. It filled me with so many emotions that I had never experienced before and I was a complete wreck over it, as silly as it sounds. My sister-in-law is a mother of 3, and when she suggested that I put a tiny amount of breastmilk in the corner of his eye, I listened. I kid you not, the next day, it was almost completely healed. I did it once more, and the swelling and “goopy-ness” was gone the following day.

Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with finding and experimenting with things you can do with breastmilk, from milk baths to popsicles to diaper ointment. You name it, I’ve tried it. I’ve even applied it to pimples and tiny cuts, and nine times out of ten, it helped! It’s my understanding that the “magic” ingredient is the Lauric acid, which is a component of breastmilk, that has antibacterial qualities. There is a ton of much information out there about the healing qualities of breastmilk, but I’ll leave that for you to research so we can get on to the lotion recipe. Just know that there are so many things you can do with breastmilk, all of which I will probably share at some point.

My son developed eczema when he was about 6-months-old. It seemed to pop up out of nowhere, taking over his entire chest and stomach, and eventually moving to his back. We took him to the doctor of course, where he was prescribed hydrocortisone cream. Between the hydrocortisone and this breastmilk lotion, his eczema has been so much better.

I want to make this very clear:I am not suggesting you use this lotion instead of the medicine your doctor or pediatrician has prescribed to you. This lotion is meant to be used in between the medicine or cream applications, and to prevent the eczema from coming back. If it starts to come back, follow your doctor’s instructions.

When my son’s eczema was still pretty mild and we hadn’t even seen the pediatrician yet, I actually tried applying this lotion to the dry spots to see if it would clear them up. IT DID NOT. I was extremely disappointed, and we took him to be seen the very next day. I had the misconception that applying this breastmilk lotion would be enough to completely heal his rash. What’s important to note here is that lotion typically won’t fix these problems. But they certainly do help.

What I love about this recipe is, although it might not heal eczema, it can keep you from having to apply medicine as often. Marshall takes enough as it is, so any time we can cut down on applying hydrocortisone, it’s a good day!

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I experimented with coconut oil and grapeseed oil, making two different batches to see if there would be a difference in consistency or effectiveness. The coconut oil one seems to be slightly more beneficial, but it also comes out harder. It really didn’t feel like a lotion at all. I had to dig a little chunk out and let it melt on his skin as I rubbed it in, while the grapeseed oil batch looked and felt pretty much like your typical lotion.

I liked it both ways, and I will be making some more soon with my freezer stash! Vitamin E is great for your skin, and essential oils have so many different benefits, so you can change it up according to what you’d like to focus on! I chose lavender essential oil, for it’s calming effect and lovely smell, but you can use whatever you like. Just don’t overdo it, especially if you plan on using this lotion on your baby. You can store the breastmilk lotion in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 months! Crazy, right?

Like most moms, I’m almost always busy, so I ordered the materials on Amazon, which I’ve linked below for your convenience. All of these are available on Amazon Prime (as of 8/21/17), so you should receive them in a couple of days.

Organic White Beeswax Pellets

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4 oz Mason Jars (Set of 12)

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Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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Grapeseed Oil

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100% Pure Vitamin E Oil

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There you have it! My recipe for breastmilk lotion. I played with the ratios a couple of times, and this is definitely the best version the recipe. I use it on myself occasionally, and my husband tried some on a small rash on his leg as well, and it eased the itching sensation. I’m hooked! I hope you found this helpful, and if you’re using it on your baby, I hope it helps their rash!

A friend of mine wrote an awesome article with 10 breastfeeding hacks for new moms. I really wish I would have found it back when I was breastfeeding. I’m glad I have it saved for baby #2!

CLICK HERE to read 10 Breastfeeding Hacks For New Moms

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How long is homemade breastmilk lotion good for? ›

The lotion can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.

Can I add breastmilk to my lotion? ›

Recipes vary, but many include beeswax, grapeseed, or coconut oil and a little vitamin E, along with, yup, breast milk. The mixture is then sealed and refrigerated and can last for up to three months. Fans claim breast-milk lotion is great for sensitive skin and can help soothe eczema and baby acne.

Which drink increase breast milk? ›

Herbal Teas (e.g., fenugreek, nettle, fennel)

Research Evidence: Adding fenugreek to your diet (either as a tea or supplement) has been shown to increase milk production, especially in the early days of breastfeeding. Recommendation: Enjoy a cup of herbal tea (fenugreek, nettle, or fennel) daily.

How do I know my baby is getting enough breast milk? ›

Signs your baby is getting enough milk
  1. Your baby starts feeds with a few rapid sucks followed by long, rhythmic sucks and swallows with occasional pauses.
  2. You can hear and see your baby swallowing.
  3. Your baby's cheeks stay rounded, not hollow, during sucking.
  4. They seem calm and relaxed during feeds.

Does breastmilk lotion go bad? ›

Some sources say breast milk lotion can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months; however, best practice is to use it within 7 days.

What makes breast milk more creamy? ›

You may notice your milk seems thicker and creamier towards the end of a feed. This is because, as the feed progresses, the fat composition gradually increases due to the mechanics of milk moving through the breast. It's often referred to as hindmilk, while the first more 'watery' milk is known as foremilk.

Can you use old breast milk on skin? ›

Can You Use Frozen or Expired Breast Milk? You can use fresh, stored breast milk, or even milk that was left out in error for a milk bath (just make sure the milk smells OK).

What can I do with wasted breast milk? ›

If your baby did not finish the bottle, the leftover breast milk can still be used within 2 hours after the baby is finished feeding. After 2 hours, leftover breast milk should be thrown away. To avoid wasting unfed milk, consider storing, thawing, and warming milk in smaller amounts.

Will pumping every 2 hours increase milk supply? ›

Pump more often, from both breasts

A general guideline is to pump every three hours. But if you're trying to produce more breast milk, you can: Try pumping both breasts for 15 minutes every two hours for 48-72 hours. Then, go back to your normal pumping routine.

Which fruit increase breast milk? ›

Watermelon: Loaded with fiber, water, and fructose, watermelon (alternatively, coconut) ensures hydration and also infuses essential minerals that help maintain/increase breast milk supply. 3. Carrots: Though there is no proven evidence of the same, carrots are believed to help with boosting lactation.

Does cranberry juice increase milk supply? ›

Summary of Use during Lactation

It has no specific lactation-related uses. Cranberries appear to increase the milk content of polyphenols and total antioxidant capacity. Cranberry preparations are well tolerated as a food, although stomach discomfort and diarrhea can occur with large doses.

Do soft breasts mean no milk? ›

Your breasts feel softer

This is completely normal and has no effect on your milk supply.

How long does it take for breasts to refill with milk? ›

To put a number on it, it usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes after feeding to generate enough milk for your baby, and about 60 minutes to replenish fully. The more often your baby feeds, and the more they empty your breasts, the more milk your body will produce.

What does poor feeding look like? ›

Warning signs of a feeding problem

Here are some common red flags to look out for in your child: Refuses to eat. Vomits frequently. Has gas when feeding.

Can I use old breast milk on baby skin? ›

Can You Use Frozen or Expired Breast Milk? You can use fresh, stored breast milk, or even milk that was left out in error for a milk bath (just make sure the milk smells OK).

How long does it take for baby lotion to expire? ›

Before buying, you should read the label and look at the manufacturing and expiring dates indicated on the label. If worried that you may be unable to use them up in time, buy a smaller one. The average functional life of a lotion is 3 years.

Can you use expired breast milk on baby skin? ›

4) Using in baby's bath water

Breastmilk has the ability to hydrate, soften, and cleanse the skin while also preventing dryness and irritation. Simply mix a few ounces of expired breast milk into warm water before bathing the baby.

Can breast milk soap go bad? ›

Does soap made with breast milk go bad? - Quora. Not if it's made properly. The two ways to make soap with any milk for them to stay good are hot processing and cold processing. Both of these include using lye, which has an extremely high pH, enough to kill any lingering pathogens and prevent new ones from growing.

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