Frequent question: Does breastmilk cure eye infections?

Surprisingly, studies have shown that the beneficial bacteria in breast milk is effective against certain strains of gonorrhea. However, it is not effective against all bacterial eye infections. Also, it typically does not eradicate the infection and only seems to suppress it.

Is breast milk good for conjunctivitis?

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about antihistamine use for your child. You may have heard breastmilk can be used on a baby’s eyes if they are gunky or sticky. Breastmilk does not treat conjunctivitis and there is no benefit to using it on your baby’s eyes, but it is not harmful. Formula should never be used.

Can you clean baby’s eye with breastmilk?

Try placing a drop or two of breast milk directly into the inner portion of your baby’s eyes while they are closed— once they open their eyes, the milk will fall into the eyes and work to clear up any infection. Use this treatment a few times a day for a week or two or until their tear ducts have cleared up.

Can breastmilk cause eye infection?

For bacteria caused pink eye, evidence shows that mother’s milk is unlikely to be effective against the bacteria that cause this infection. And certainly, in a newborn, genuine pink eyes need to be evaluated by a physician because there is the potential for long term irreversible eye damage.

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Is breast milk safe for eyes?

The studies described above show that using breast milk in a baby’s eye is likely safe and may be effective against bacterial infections and blocked tear ducts. Colostrum appears to be more effective than mature milk, probably because it has higher concentrations of antibodies (especially IgA).

How do you treat an eye infection in an infant?

If conjunctivitis is due to an infection, it can be serious, and the newborn will need to see a doctor straight away. If an infection is causing the eye discharge, a doctor may prescribe topical, oral, or intravenous antibiotics. Applying a warm cloth to the infected eye can help soothe irritation and reduce swelling.