A mother from Indiana has revealed her secret with treating her baby's insect bites with breast milk.
Jerrica Krathwohl, 27, uses a warm bath of water and breast milk to treat her baby daughter Ellianna's bug bites, Daily Mail reports. Jerrica also makes a lotion using coconut oil and breast milk for her baby's skin.
"I just heat it up and cool it," said the mom. "It soothes her."
Jerrica said that after Ellianna got bit by bugs outside, she decided to look for a natural way to treat the bites. She read about breast milk's healing capabilities online and added about 10 ounces of milk to a bath.
"Nobody thought the remedy was weird," said Jerrica. "Using breast milk as a medicine helps normalize breastfeeding, and the numerous uses for milk."
She said that the day after the bath, the bites were gone.
Jerrica has also come up with other unconventional uses for her breast milk.
"Breast milk is so useful. I also taught myself to make breast milk jewelry," Jerrica said. "I have three pieces, including one with a lock of Ellianna's baby hair incorporated in. They're really lovely and make me feel close to her."
The mom also weans Ellianna with mashed potatoes that she makes with her own breast milk.
Jerrica suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, which can make it difficult to conceive a child. She took fertility drugs in order to induce ovulation before becoming pregnant.
"I worried I wouldn't be able to breastfeed, as sometimes PCOS can have an impact on milk production," said the mother. "But, amazingly, I produced more milk than expected. So, I just kept on feeding Ellianna, then I began looking for other uses for milk as some had expired and I didn't want to waste it."
Jerrica has offered some of her excess milk to other moms who are having difficulty breastfeeding. She said she has donated more than 2,000 ounces of milk for 14 babies.
"I can't bear the thought of any little baby wanting milk," said Jerrica. "Some moms can't feed. That's not their fault, but I can help. So I joined a Facebook page and said: 'Hey, I've got milk available.'"
Other mothers have also touted the use of breast milk to treat bug bites. Parenting website Momtastic recommends using breast milk for eye infections, teething, soothing of light scratches or burns, and dry skin.