Medicinal & Therapeutic Uses of BM

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Medicinal & Therapeutic Uses of BM
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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 9:34am
Since this OT from the thread where it came up, I figured I'd start a new topic. I still have yet to figure out the humor in the idea that BM *does* have medicinal purposes (or that we could use like gasoline, but hey it would be free).

the majority of these listed are uses for children. However, the source specifically mentions applications for adult organ donation (guess that's not the same as curing cancer, but anything that increases the quality of care or relieves the stress of someone in a potentially life-threatening situation and is paid for by insurance seems like "medicine" imho).

otherwise, i've never used the term "magical" when describing BM. In fact, I've only seen it in Ffer's posts. Maybe I'll just change my tune ;-).

p.s. nutritional and preventative uses are listed as well.

Medicinal/Therapeutic Uses of Pasteurized Donor Milk

Treatment for infectious diseases (intractable diarrhea, gastroenteritis, infantile botulism, sepsis, pneumonia, hemorrhagic conjunctivitis

Post-surgical healing (omphalocele, gastroschisis, intestinal obstruction/bowel fistula, colostomy repair)

Immunodeficiency diseases (severe allergies, IgA deficiencies)

Solid organ transplants (including adults)

Non-infectious intestinal disorders (ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome

Nutritional Uses of Pasteurized Donor Milk Prematurity

Failure to thrive

Malabsorption syndromes

Short-gut syndrome

Renal failure

Feeding intolerance

Inborn errors of metabolism

Post-surgical nutrition

Cardiac problems

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Pediatric burn cases

Preventive Uses of Pasteurized Donor Milk

Necrotizing enterocolitis

Chrohn's disease

Colitis

Allergies to bovine and soy milks/feeding intolerance

During immune suppression therapy



SOURCE: http://www.leron-line.com/milk_banking.htm

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 9:50am
i was told to rub some in their eyes after they were born,, not sure why and that it helps for cracked nipples also

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Kelsey The Brainiac

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 9:50am
Okay, I'm very confused. Who is saying BM has medicinial properties? The lactation group from your link? Do they have any legitimate studies to show that BM has actual medicinal powers or are THEY manipulating the medical communities observations that BF babies might perhaps have extra protection against those maladies listed?

I'm just curious, do they have actual studies to show BM has worked in a healing/preventative manner or are they themselves coming to this conclusion? If there is a study on adult organ donors recieving BM for a medicinal purpose I'd like to see it. Other than that everything is purely ancedotal.

Sure, in the situations listed BM is being used in a medicinal manner. As Christine mentioned, people attempt to use a LOT of natural things for medicinal purposes--everything from alcohol and marijuanna to urine to chicken soup. The question is, is there any PROOF that the medicinal properties exsist or is it purely a "wholistic" remedy?

Anne

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 9:51am
FTR....it states this is what bm is sometimes used for.

~christine~

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 10:19am
I used that link because it had a lot on one page. You visit the Human

Milk Bank of North America page and its links to specific milk bank sites if preferred.

Anyway, IMO the burden of proof is on the paying party (in some cases ins co's and medicaid). Human Milk from a bank is only available through dr's prescription - sound like medicine to me.

Otherwise....

"For some seriously ill babies, human milk is a medical necessity, something their bodies need to treat immune problems and supply vital growth hormones. That is why a physician's prescription is necessary before human milk can be dispensed. " this quote is from HealthOne alliance http://www.health1.org/milkbank.asp (HealthONE Alliance is committed to excellence in health care by supporting medical education, research and philanthropy and by representing the community as an equal partner in Denver's largest health care delivery system.

(I'm not associated with this organization, but I doubt they would fund an initiative for which they hadn't found merit.

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 10:30am
I see a human milk bank as an alternative to women who for whatever reason cannot Breastfeed their own children but don't want to choose formula. I still do not see that as proof that it has medicinal properties.

Your link says this:

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decreasing risk factors...not preventing, or curing anything.

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 10:35am
i don't think medicaid or insurance would pay for that instance...

also, i don't think drs write prescriptions when they think formula is best course of action -- must be some study they agree with....

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 10:53am

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That'a an assumption.


~christine~

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 12:12pm
I just don't buy into the "medicinal"qualities of bm. Especially for conjunctivitis! What if someone is reading these boards and their child has it, so they think "I don't need a doctor, I'll just use my bm". What happens then? Their child ends up with even more of an infection.

Can you imagine how much publicity there would be if some of these claims were true?? Why doesn't LLL talk about it?

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 2:06pm
first off..i didn't say it "cured" diarrhea. and, i think there's more to it than "easier" on the gut. the nutritional aspects of bm are more easily absorbed vs those in some other form of food. if a child is THAT ILL, the bm may be sustaining them more than another choice. they may "passing" all other consumed things quickly without getting anything and becoming even more dehydrated.

i don't have to tell you that small children have died from diarrhea, and it can be quite serious.

of course, there's the option for IV nutrition, but that would be a medicine in that case too.

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 2:12pm
when did i say "cure" (except in the case of conjunctivitis)?

medicine and therapies are used to treat illness (treating does not always mean cure...i have an incurable skin condition, but its treated with prescription medicine). if only medicines they "cured" everything.

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