Recently I wrote a post on the Benefits of Breastmilk Baths. Here’s a followup on how to make breastmilk baths with life changing benefits to increase your baby’s wellbeing. Continue reading for steps on how to make these soothing baths.
What are the Benefits of Breastmilk Baths?
One of my favorite benefits of breastmilk baths: it helps your baby absorb healing properties, antibodies and nutrients to enrich their wellbeing. The amazing thing is that breastmilk is free, and flows from our bodies.
Other benefits include:
- Not only does breastmilk baths prevent diaper rashes, but this liquid gold also rids the rashes and heals minor cuts and scrapes.
- Moisturizes dry skin (consider breastmilk baths if your baby has eczema)
- Helps get rid of cradle cap
- Soothes irritated skin
Can I use Expired Milk for Breastmilk Baths?
I spent hours, and hours, and hours, and hours pumping. I pumped while you slept, while you ate breakfast, while you ran errands. I pumped around the clock. Now, my son is 1 and I don’t pump as often. However, when I did pump every 2-3 hours I’d have milk stashed away.
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Many people would throw away milk that “expired” – you know, sat out past the recommended hours after being warmed, in room temperature over 6-8 hours or in the fridge, or freezer more than the recommended timeframe. I decided to add that milk to a bottle specifically for bath time.
How to make a Breastmilk Bath?
Step 1: Use a storage bag or bottle of break milk from the fridge, freezer or freshly pumped.
Step 2: Use what you have, and pour that amount of breastmilk into warm water. You’ll notice the water will get cloudy.
Step 3: Let baby soak and splash in water
Step 4: Dry your baby (skin will feel smooth, not sticky)
Step 5: Moisturize your little one’s body to retain the benefits of the bath
How much breastmilk or water do I need?
I got many questions about the amount of milk and water used during a bath. Honestly, I’d add any amount I had. Some days I had 3oz stashed away. While other days I’d use 5 or 7oz. It all varied. Don’t pressure yourself to have a certain amount — after all, your baby will drink most of the milk. Regarding the amount of water I used for breastmilk baths – I filled the sink with warm water sometimes below, or above his chest. If your little one outgrew the sink, a tub filled with warm water would be perfect.
Before you go, here’s a few pumps to check out: