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Conjunctivitis cured by breastmilk? Surely this can't be right.

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ThisTooWillPass Wed 10-Sep-08 10:18:12

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willthisdo Wed 10-Sep-08 10:20:04

It is amazing. And one of the things I harp on about to new mums!!

I love watching BM dissolve the gunk! Almost enough to look forward to DD2 getting sticky eyes!

cmotdibbler Wed 10-Sep-08 10:23:54

Yup - contains antibacterial agents and stuff that dissolves the gunge. When DS had conjunctivitis the GP was the one that recommended it and refused to give him eye drops as BM was soo much better

goingfor3 Wed 10-Sep-08 10:25:15

BM is sterile which is also why it works so well.

ThisTooWillPass Wed 10-Sep-08 10:25:32

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PinkTulips Wed 10-Sep-08 10:26:14

it's a wonder drug grin

works every time.

RnB Wed 10-Sep-08 10:27:43

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ThisTooWillPass Wed 10-Sep-08 10:34:25

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sunnytimer Wed 10-Sep-08 10:41:01

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Smittals Wed 10-Sep-08 10:43:08

My midwife told me about this when dd's eyes went gunky at 2wks - it worked overnight! Wish I had some now as her eyes are suffering again at the moment!

Miaou Wed 10-Sep-08 10:43:26

Lol at offering your BM around - I'm fairly certain the benefits are because BM is so closely linked to her (and your) immune systems smile. And yes, it really does work, that's right!

Nice thought though grin

ThisTooWillPass Wed 10-Sep-08 10:48:25

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PinkTulips Wed 10-Sep-08 10:58:27

it worked for dd about 2 years after she'd finished feeding herself.

not sure how your friend would take it though, might be bes just to suggest salt water washes to her grin

morningpaper Wed 10-Sep-08 10:59:35

Your GP is crap - mine TOLD me to do this when DD first had conjunctivitis!

ThisTooWillPass Wed 10-Sep-08 11:01:06

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Divvy Wed 10-Sep-08 11:01:53

lol, next time I am spraying ds in the face, I am going to aim at his eye, as its a bit gunky! wink

pageturner Wed 10-Sep-08 11:02:42

My midwife with ds1 told me about this (nearly 10 years ago). She was African and had worked for years as a midwife in villages where, if anyone had an eye infection, they'd just going and see someone they knew to be bf for medication. Amazing.

Divvy Wed 10-Sep-08 11:03:18

Well that man last night on that program, thinks it cured his cancer, so maybe it would work on friends child!

twentypence Wed 10-Sep-08 11:04:26

No one would look at you strangely in NZ - it's a common Maori cure and one all midwives suggest.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 10-Sep-08 11:08:38

Frozen might not work as well, tbh - breastmilk is living, the antibacterial stuff is alive, and presumably gets weaker, the more you do to the milk.

BellaBear Wed 10-Sep-08 11:12:41

Worked for us, it was fab!

ThisTooWillPass Wed 10-Sep-08 11:16:17

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likessleep Wed 10-Sep-08 13:28:13

This brings back memories of me 'aiming' into my 4 day old baby's eye and him blinking through the puddle of milk sat on his eye.

Snaf Wed 10-Sep-08 13:32:39

It's so cool, isn't it? I always pass on that nugget of info - people are amazed when you tell them and even more amazed when it works!

Am hmm at your GP, though...

SixSpotBurnet Wed 10-Sep-08 13:34:12

Worked for me with DS3. My parents were staying with us at the time and they were just gobsmacked (my mum didn't breastfeed, so it was all news to them).

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