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To wonder how the farking 'ell you "just squirt a bit of breastmilk" up a baby's nostrils

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SlightlySoupStainedBabygrows Fri 16-Nov-12 23:38:13

DS (12 weeks) is currently a bit snotty and grumpy. Googling for advice turned up, amongst other things wot I have not got to hand, the suggestion that you "just squirt a bit of breastmilk up there". Apparently the healing powers of breastmilk are also a miracle snot cure.

Except that either my nipples are woefully inadequate on the breastmilk aiming front, or other babies have ludicrously large nostrils, or something.

Now I have a tearful, extremely cross little baby who thinks I am trying to kill him with my boobs. Where am I going wrong?

SamSmalaidh Fri 16-Nov-12 23:40:30

Just get some saline nose spray fgs!

victoriaplum01 Fri 16-Nov-12 23:40:54

Try expressing a little bit into a cup, soak a cotton wool ball and gently wipe/squeeze around his nose...

Also works wonders for sticky eyes, gammy umbilical stumps, heck, it could probably cure the plague or summat...

PeazlyPops Fri 16-Nov-12 23:41:59

Saline nose spray is much easier!

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 16-Nov-12 23:42:40

My dd dad used to suck her bogeys out <boak>

BlugPutt Fri 16-Nov-12 23:43:27

Put some in a 1 or 2 ml syringe and squirt it down (slowly!)- it doesn't get cold like saline. I found mine didn't cry when I did it but they did with saline.

victoriaplum01 Fri 16-Nov-12 23:44:50

I also really recommend one of those nasal aspirators that you suck the snot out of their noses with - not the kind with the bulb cos they are rubbish, but the kind with a chamber you hold to their nose, and a tube you suck through - sounds gross, but there is a filter, so no chance of accidentally getting a mouthful of snot wink

Hopeforever Fri 16-Nov-12 23:46:00

I had to try very hard NOT to spray milk up DD's nose! I'd never thought of it as being a good thing!

Softlysoftly Fri 16-Nov-12 23:47:30

Why, why would breast milk cure these things? Ive heard it before but have so far resisted putting my nipple anywhere bar DD2s mouth confused

blackeyedsusan Fri 16-Nov-12 23:48:08

doesn't it spray in all directions as soon as you release your boobies anyway?

express and squirt with a syringe?

Sl1nkyMalinki Fri 16-Nov-12 23:51:08

Express and wipe with cotton wool or drip up nose off a spoon or similar. It does work smile

Hopeforever Fri 16-Nov-12 23:57:08

Only tried it on DD's sticky eye, it was so much easier than boiling water, cooling it, finding clean cotton wool etc. no idea if it worked better than water, but it worked. Good enough for me.

Guess God knew mums need to multi task so provided a multi action product for us [grn]

Hopeforever Fri 16-Nov-12 23:57:24

Or even grin

SlightlySoupStainedBabygrows Sat 17-Nov-12 00:01:31

Cotton balls/syringe or saline spray - got it. Thanks!

He doesn't sound as snuffly now as he did earlier, so I guess some of it must have got to the right place. Bit surprised it seems to have worked, tbh!

JudeFawley Sat 17-Nov-12 00:06:54

What on earth is in breast milk to make it such a panacea?!

My boobs were so ridiculously leaky, I probably squirted milk up the nostrils of passers by without realising. I may have cured many colds.

SlightlySoupStainedBabygrows Sat 17-Nov-12 00:10:00

Jude - I think it's because breastmilk is made from cake.

MrsGrieves Sat 17-Nov-12 00:10:14

I have often pondered this, is it just human breast milk that is so curing of random ailments confused if so then why?

SamSmalaidh Sat 17-Nov-12 00:15:43

For some things breastmilk (or any milk live from a mammal) is good because it is a living product with antibacterial properties - eg. for sticky eyes or minor infections.

I doubt breastmilk is any better for snotty noses than pasteurised milk or warm water though.

SlightlySoupStainedBabygrows Sat 17-Nov-12 00:21:35

Maybe I should try it on myself next time I get a cold. Left nostril breastmilk, right nostril cow.

OTOH, we usually only have soymilk in (& I can't be arsed to go get milk in just for the purpose of squirting up my nose), and somehow I don't think soyamilk is quite the same. Also it might turn into tofu.

5dcsinneedofacleaner Sat 17-Nov-12 07:31:49

Yanbu after 5 babies i have still never managed to squirt milk anywhere let alone up a nostril. As soon as they stop sucking the milk stops coming out. If i try to squeeze it out i might get a small drible but nothing squirt like.

maddening Sat 17-Nov-12 08:07:26

I have not tried to put bm up ds' nose - I stuck with the saline spray - it is fab smile

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