I am in an unusual season of life where I am not with my kids most weekends, which of course, includes my breastfed toddler. An unexpected side effect is that I now have a lot of pumped milk in my freezer. Sadly, Mercy doesn’t drink it because, I suppose, she prefers it straight from the tap. This has led me on a journey of finding other ways to use breastmilk, and one of them is a breast milk bath.
In this post we will go over why someone would make a breast milk bath and then how to make a breast milk bath. Let’s get started!
Why Make a Breast Milk Bath?
Once I realized my freezer was becoming full of breastmilk that my toddler wasn’t going to drink, I began researching other uses for breastmilk. A good friend of mine suggested a “milky bath” or a breast milk bath. Here’s what I found a breast milk bath to be helpful with.
- Moisturizing dry skin
- Healing diaper rash
- Soothing red, irritated skin
- Healing scratched skin and other minor skin abrasions
- Helping take the itch out of bug bites
Frankly, a breast milk bath will do no harm and if you have irritated skin, what have you got to lose other than a little bit of breastmilk? Give it a try, come back and comment and let me know how it went.
The photos below are of my daughters taking a breast milk bath, but the real reason I wanted to make a breast milk bath was for my seven year old son. For years, he has had dry skin – his arms, legs, trunk… everywhere!
Since we have been following the instructions below, including the post bath moisturizer, his dry skin has cleared up considerably. Even the raw, red bumps on the back of his thighs look better! As long as I can, I will make breast milk baths part of our weekly (daily?) routine.
How to Make a Breast Milk Bath
Here are the simple instructions of how to make a breast milk bath. No worries, it’s really easy! I like easy.
Step 1: Get a bag or two of breastmilk out of the freezer, fridge OR pump what you can.
Step 2: Pour enough breastmilk into the water to make the water cloudy. You don’t need much! I was feeling generous so I drew a large bath and used around 10 ounces.
Step 3: Soak as much affected skin as possible. Consider reclining in the tub! The more skin exposed to the breast milk bath, the better.
Step 4: After a good soak, gently pat skin dry.
Step 5: To lock the breastmilk in the skin, use a good skin moisturizer like coconut oil.
TIP: If the amount of breastmilk you have available is limited, consider doing a breastmilk bath in the kitchen sink. Since a sink bath requires less water, you’ll need less breastmilk to make the water cloudy.
TIP: Don’t skip step 5, moisturizing the skin after the bath! You’ll get more bang for your buck using a moisturizer after a breast milk bath.
TIP: Don’t PUMP AND DUMP! If you need to pump and dump, for whatever reason, use it in a breastmilk bath instead.
Leave a Comment
Have you ever made a breast milk bath? If so, leave a comment and let me know your experience! I’d love to hear more.
Monday 30th of May 2022
i'm a 21 year old girl and my niece had extra bags in the freezer and i can tell you today, i got BURNT. i look like larry the lobster from spongebob and i usually NEVER burn but for some reason today was the today. i'm sitting in the bath right now, 12 ounces of that breast milk went into our jacuzzi tub with lukewarm water and i definitely feel a lot better and i'm not even out yet! 10/10 would use again(i have like 15 more bags of at least 3 ounces each)!
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Monday 21st of June 2021
[…] your skin soft, as the contains natural exfoliants. Milk baths can even be made with breast milk (see a tutorial here), which is a great alternative to pumping and dumping, or a way to use up expired breast milk from […]
Saturday 9th of May 2020
Hello. I’ve got a question about my son having a milk bath. He has eczema. His eczema flares up much more when I used to have dairy or soya products. Since cutting them out his eczema has cleared up. He still gets some eczema on his chest and under his chin. His skin needs a lot of moisturising. I have so much milk in the freezer. This milk is from January when I used to just eat normally including dairy. Can I still bath my little boy in this milk? Thanks.
Monday 11th of May 2020
Hey! I honestly am not sure. What do you think about trying it to see what happens?
Monday 13th of January 2020
My baby has been having breastmilk baths since she was born. She’s 8 weeks old now and loves her milk bath! It really calms her and it moisturises her skin and gets rid of any spots or redness. I follow with a body massage using coconut oil and this relaxes her so much. Her skin is super soft afterwards and she always sleeps so well after! I would never thought of putting breastmilk in a bath. But after midwives said it’s good for skin as it’s got antibodies in it I thought that you may as well put it in a bath! My freezer was getting really full with milk and I didn’t want to pump and dump so I save it for my baby girl’s bath!
Saturday 28th of September 2019
I've read online it's a good deep conditioner for hair but I've also read that's a hoax.. have u ever tried it on your hair during the milk bath?
Monday 30th of September 2019
I've not, but it would do no harm! I'd love to hear what you think if you try it. (I don't have access to breastmilk anymore.)