Turkish Archives of Pediatrics

The Use of Human Milk for Therapeutic Purposes Other Than Nutrition


Department of Pediatrics, Aksaray Training and Research Hospital, Aksaray, Turkey


Department of Pediatrics, Division of Social Pediatrics, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.

Turk Arch Pediatr 2022; 57: 255-266
DOI: 10.5152/TurkArchPediatr.2022.22075
Read: 352 Downloads: 108 Published: 01 May 2022

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.

Cite this article as: Semih Demirtaş M, Yalçın SS. The use of human milk for therapeutic purposes other than nutrition. Turk Arch Pediatr. 2022;57(3):255-266.

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