I discovered the wonders of breast milk soap after a horrible bout of mastitis. My baby was only a few months old when I fell ill and ended up in the hospital with a severe case of mastitis. Thankfully I had a stash of breast milk in the freezer so my husband was able to defrost it and give it to our little one whilst he was away from me. The only thing was, my husband ended up defrosting too much and so I had tons of breast milk in the fridge to use up…
What could I do to make use of the milk? No way did I want it to go to waste! In the end, I decided to start making soap out of my milk to help with my little one’s cradle cap. By rubbing the soap on his head, it would get rid of his dry skin in a really natural way. Aside from helping with cradle cap, breast milk also has many other amazing health and healing benefits (listed below!).
Making the soap was surprisingly straightforward to do. When I posted my DIY breast milk soap to my Instagram account it wasn’t long before I was getting requests for the recipe. Friends and family members were even suggesting I give the soap as a Christmas gift! So now I’m trying to keep up with the demands of a breastfeeding baby and make my soap! The good news is, if you’re a lactating mama, you can make your own! Read on for the recipe.
10 skin conditions which can benefit from breast milk
- Dry skin
- Cradle cap
- Skin warts
- Cuts & scrapes
- Insect bites
- Skin allergies
- Nappy rash
- Stretch marks!
Breast milk is high in fats and therefore ideal for making a creamy soap. It naturally contains more sugars than other types of milk used in soap making this gives a finished bar of breast milk soap a silky lather.
DIY breast milk soap
- 200ml of breast milk
- 200g of soap base
- silicon soap moulds
- Melt the soap base in a pan or microwave until it becomes liquid – be careful as this gets very hot.
- Allow the liquid soap to cool slightly and then add room temperature breast milk.
- Mix well and pour evenly into the moulds.
- Set aside for a couple of hours and allow to harden.
- Pop out the moulds and enjoy bath time!