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Treating Conjunctivitis with breastmilk
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#1 dogsneaker

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

I was diagnosed by the GP with pink-eye/conjunctivitis yesterday. It's the viral form of conjunctivitis (no gunk just watery and pink/red) which does not respond to medical treatment. He's given me some mild eye drops but they don't seem to be doing much.

I was researching online for natural remedies as I'm currently pregnant and read that one of the treatment for conjunctivitis was to apply a few drops of breastmilk. I'm a breastfeeding mum to a 19 month old so I have a ready supply original.gif

Has anyone heard of this or tried it? How successful is it?

A homeopathic remedy I've read is to use milk and honey on the eye. Is this safe?

Edited by dogsneaker, 08 January 2011 - 07:18 PM.


#2 goldimouse

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:19 PM

I used to treat DD's gunky eyes as a NB with breast milk all the time, it works like a charm.

I just squirted a bit of milk onto a cotton ball until it was well-wetted and wiped her eyes with it. If I was treating myself I would squeeze the drops of milk into my eyes like eyedrops.

#3 ~river song~

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:20 PM

About 6yrs ago my sister did this with her son...it worked original.gif

I think its legit



#4 mrsgm

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:21 PM

I have done it when my ds1 had conjunctivitis and it worked really well, would give it a go!

#5 queeney

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:21 PM

not on myself, but when I was in hospital just given birth to DS he developed an eye infection, green gunk, he was prescribed a eye drop but paediatrician told me to squirt breast milk in too, so I did, felt a tad wierd, but his eye cleard up perfect - but I was using the drops too, so cant say which it was.

Cant say it would hurt to try.

#6 Mulan

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:22 PM

yes I've used it many times for myself and my children.
I have resorted to antibiotic drops when I need it cleared up faster to return to daycare/work which generally clears it much faster if it is the bacterial version.

#7 imamumto3

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:26 PM

QUOTE (Robbie @ 08/01/2011, 08:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used to treat DD's gunky eyes as a NB with breast milk all the time, it works like a charm.

I just squirted a bit of milk onto a cotton ball until it was well-wetted and wiped her eyes with it. If I was treating myself I would squeeze the drops of milk into my eyes like eyedrops.

geez im dumb!  I didnt think of squirting onto a cotton ball, I just kept trying to squirt directly into DD's eye, poor thing would end up with milk all over her face.  Can I blame lack of sleep for this one?

#8 dogsneaker

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:28 PM

Most of the online literature talks about treating children especially newborns with breast milk... just not on ones self biggrin.gif Thanks for the replies.

I'll give it a go... vision in one eye is going a wee bit fuzzy.

roll2.gif at imamumto3

Edited by dogsneaker, 08 January 2011 - 07:29 PM.


#9 nannarobyn

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:28 PM

My DD1 (34 yrs) has successfully cleared conjunctivitis in all her children + husband + self + niece with her own breast milk.

With her own children she just expressed her milk into their eyes, with niece she expressed into a medicine cup and it was put into niece's eye with an eye drop.  Not sure how she did it with her DH or herself, but I am sure it would have been one or the other.

If I had conjunctivitis I would not hesitate in asking my daughter to help out.

#10 goldimouse

Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:33 PM

QUOTE (imamumto3 @ 08/01/2011, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
geez im dumb!  I didnt think of squirting onto a cotton ball, I just kept trying to squirt directly into DD's eye, poor thing would end up with milk all over her face.  Can I blame lack of sleep for this one?

That was the problem that led me to the cotton ball solution laughing2.gif

#11 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 17 January 2011 - 09:57 PM

Yep it works a treat!

#12 Nappypin

Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:41 PM

I did i too, a nurse told me. And it did work for sure.

I do know anther mum who also di it, and it did not work.

#13 -river-

Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:02 PM

I treated DS2's eye infection with BM and it worked a treat.




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