When I put Wren to bed last night his eye was crusty and had yellow goop coming out. I had dripped some breastmilk into it about three or four times and thought it was looking better but there was still redness and goop.
This morning I cleaned all the overnight crusted stuff off and washed it out with breastmilk again and ....voila.... his eye is clear with no discharge, redness or swelling. It looks normal!
I shall continue with the BM today but I wonder whether I need to take him to the ped after all. I suspect not.
Apparently this remedy - breastmilk to heal conjunctivitis - is fairly well known. In reading about it I also found this reference to: A recent study showed that adults who were breastfed as children had lower systolic blood pressure rates. The longer they were breast fed, the lower their risk for heart disease was.
I am intrigued. If that's true Wren will be nursing for years. I shall try and hunt down this study and see if it is legit.
Here is the study abstract.