Infant Milk Bath – How and Why?
You have probably seen that super adorable photo of a baby sitting in a wash bin with flowers and fruits, but why? What’s this new fad all about?
It can’t just be because it’s cute, right? Well… for some it might be, but this popular trend actually means something to most moms.
It is not uncommon for breastfeeding moms to have a goal of how long they would like to breastfeed, and breast milk baths are being used as a way to celebrate reaching that goal.
Some common goals are 6 months, 1 year, and 18 months.
All that stored up breastmilk you have left over in the freezer, take 7-10 ounces of that for a fun photo shoot you’ll cherish for years to come.
Breast Milk! What is it good for? Absolutely everything!
These milk baths aren’t just a great photo opportunity for celebrating a goal but also come with some great health benefits!
The benefits of breastfeeding your baby are numerous, and the benefits of breastmilk go way beyond just breastfeeding.
Breast milk has been known to cure several skin issues; such as acne, cuts and scrapes, rashes, and also helping with ear infections and teething pain.
Relaxing in a breast milk bath also doesn’t just have to be for your baby. Mom’s can partake in the benefits too.
If you or your baby is suffering from any of the following consider treating yourself and your little one to of these milk baths:
- dry skin
- cracked or sore nipples
- diaper rash
- bug bites/stings
- skin irritations
- cradle cap
It is truly amazing all the ways breast milk can help heal the body. Check out this list of 50 natural ways to use breastmilk.
How to Make a Breast Milk Bath
It’s simple, if you are using a standard size tub in your home it should take about 7-10 ounces.
Fill the tub with water and then pour in breastmilk until water is cloudy. You should be able to see a faint outline of the body through the milky water.
Swirl the water around to mix the milk in better.
If you’re doing a photoshoot in the sink or a wash bin, you will obviously be using less water, therefore less breast milk.
After pouring the milky water all over your baby and you are done playing in the tub just lift them out and pat them dry so that the milk can continue to work it’s magic even after you get out of the tub.
Feeling Like You Don’t Produce Enough Milk To Try This?
I know for some moms producing milk can be a real struggle. Not every mom has a freezer full of extra breastmilk, so is it worth using some of that precious milk?
If your baby is in pain I believe it is absolutely worth it!
Breastmilk is technically good for 12 months in a deep freezer, but 6 months is the recommended time frame, so once it hits that 6-month expiration date that’s your opportunity to use it in the bath instead of crying while you pour it down the sink.
We all need to recognize the benefits of breast milk.
You have Superhuman Abilities!
Ladies, breast milk is our superpower! We can literally heal our children with it!
So put that breast milk bath to use and celebrate your nursing goals!
Photo Shoot Tips
I can’t wait to reach our 1-year goal and have another super cute photoshoot for my baby, but here is one we did special for this blog.
What we used:
- 1 very large metal dog food bowl $10
- 1 can of spray paint $4
- 2 quarter squares of fabric $2
- 1 box of Cheerio’s (We used maybe 1 cup full.) $4
- 1 banana $1
- 1 bag of frozen strawberries (We also used very few of these. I noticed the larger strawberries sank to the bottom, so small fresh strawberries would probably work better.) $4
- 4 oz of breast milk $0
Please share your breastfeeding celebration stories and feel free to show off those adorable baby photos!