The Use of Human Milk for Therapeutic Purposes Other Than Nutrition

Demirtas M. S., Yalcin S. S.

TURKISH ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRICS, vol.57, no.3, pp.255-266, 2022 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/turkarchpediatr.2022.22075
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.255-266
  • Keywords: Human milk, milk therapy, breastfeeding, breast milk, topical milk treatment, using, of colostrum, HAMLET, topical human milk, donor milk, HUMAN BREAST-MILK, HUMAN ALPHA-LACTALBUMIN, CORD SEPARATION TIME, TOPICAL APPLICATION, ATOPIC-DERMATITIS, DIAPER DERMATITIS, CARE, INFANTS, METAANALYSIS, PREVENTION
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Human milk is a popular treatment method applied as a traditional, natural pharmacotherapy that has been going on for many years in many societies. Due to its low cost, widespread and easy use, and lack of undesirable effects, breast milk also has the potential to play a role in evidence-based treatment for tertiary people as well as infant and maternal health. Scientific databases were searched for Literature search from January 1995 to December 2021, including Ovid, PubMed, Google Scholar, Science Direct, ResearchGate, Web of Science Core Collection (Clavirate), and a total of 45 articles from 142 articles written in English were included in the study. According to the results of the current studies reviewed, there is a general conclusion about the positive effects of human milk in the treatment of tertiary persons in addition to the prevention and treatment of common maternal and infantile diseases. Human milk can be used as a different alternative in further studies, especially based on anti-tumoral and cancer studies. In addition, an accessible, safe, and suitable alternative treatment for the treatment of allergic skin and mucous tissue damage in infants and mothers may be suitable for societies with limited access to treatment.