In 2007, Jerrica Krathwohl was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). At that time, she learned that it would be more difficult for her to conceive a child than a woman who wasn’t diagnosed with the syndrome.
Thanks to the help of fertility drugs, Krathwohl was able to get pregnant. In 2016, the Indiana native and her husband welcomed their daughter, Ellianna, into the world.Jessica Krathwohl
Following the birth of her daughter, Krathwohl’s hope of breastfeeding Ellianna was realized. In fact, Krathwohl started producing so much breast milk that she didn’t know what to do with it all.
She explained to Dearly that some of the milk had expired, but she didn’t want to just pour it down the drain. She turned to the internet and began to research different uses for breast milk.
As a result of Krathwohl’s research, Ellianna doesn’t just drink her mom’s breastmilk, she bathes in it too. Krathwohl told Dearly that she uses breast milk to sooth her child’s bug bites, ear infections, and eye infections.Jessica Krathwohl
She said she uses breast milk for “pretty much everything”:
“I added about roughly 10 ounces of breastmilk to her bath water and let her play.”
Krathwohl tries to give Ellianna a milk bath once a week.Jessica Krathwohl
According to the Mother Rising blog, milk baths have the ability to:
- Moisturize dry skin
- Heal diaper rash
- Soothe red, irritated skin
- Heal scratched skin and other minor skin abrasions
- Help take the itch out of bug bites
Krathwohl also uses her breast milk to make lotions and jewelry.Jessica Krathwohl
The proud mom combines “breast milk, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and beeswax” to make her lotion.
Krathwohl has also used her breast milk to help others. By donating some of the milk she has been able to feed 14 different babies.
She told Dearly that she wants other moms to know that breastfeeding is tough, but it’s worth it:
“I really just want mommas to know, yes, it is tough. The first month was pure agony. I would cry when it was time to feed her. I would have never made it through if it wasn’t for the lactation team at the hospital.”
Krathwohl also wants women to know that even with PCOS, getting pregnant — and breastfeeding — is possible:
“Also, I wasn’t [the only] woman with PCOS to know there is hope to breastfeed and become pregnant. Many women with PCOS struggle to conceive and even with breastfeeding after the delivery. It is possible. It’s a lot of work, but it’s all worth it. We are almost ten months going strong and no end in sight. Also I want moms to know it IS okay to feed your child wherever whenever they are hungry.”
Krathwohl added that “there should never be any shame in feeding a hungry baby,” because the most important thing to a mom is knowing that their child is both “happy and healthy.”