How Coconut Oil Benefits Moms and Babies

I’ve been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately and the many wonderful benefits it can offer for health and beauty. In fact, I knew about the benefits it supposedly has on an expectant mom to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. This got me thinking of all the ways that coconut oil benefits moms and babies!

Coconut oil is a remarkable product that is extremely versatile for so many uses. Ever since I have started using it I can’t imagine life without it. I’m always up for naturally-derived products that I can feel better about using for myself and my family so it was a no-brainer. Check out some of the amazing uses that this stuff works well for.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Moms

Before baby arrives (and afterwards) mom can indulge herself in some of the many benefits that coconut oil has to offer.

Natural Moisturizer – Like most body oils, coconut oil has incredible moisturizing properties that will leave your skin soft and supple. Dry skin is a common problem during pregnancy and can leave you feeling uncomfortable and itchy. Rubbing pure, organic coconut oil directly onto the skin or using it in your bath water can keep skin moisturized and also aids in preventing stretch marks.

Antacid – Is your growing baby causing you some discomfort with heartburn or indigestion? A spoonful of coconut oil can help to keep the acid reflux at bay without having to take chalky antacids!

Repair Damaged Hair One of the benefits of pregnancy is gorgeous hair -something that quickly becomes a thing of the past once baby arrives as a result of various factors. The infamous ‘mom bun’ for instance is practical for keeping hair free from baby tugs, but sadly can also be a culprit for hair breakage. This oil, along with sunflower oil and mineral oil, can help treat and prevent the damage that often occurs from combing and pulling it back, as well as provide a nice moisturizing property to dry, damaged hair.

Weight Loss Aid – If you’re trying to shave off those extra pounds you picked up during pregnancy, coconut oil can help in two different ways. For one, it helps to boost your energy expenditure which can lead to burning more fat (and give a new mom the burst of energy she needs to get through the day). Second, the fatty acids that coconut oil consists of can suppress your appetite so taking a spoonful 20 minutes before your meal can help you to eat less.

Breastfeeding  – If you’re nursing your little one and feel like your supply could use a little boost, add this to your diet to increase milk production. It’s also a great alternative to cooking oil. Another useful benefit for nursing moms is that it’s safe to use in place of lanolin on sore, cracked nipples.

Coconut Oil Benefits for Babies

As a parent we’re often concerned with the products we give and apply to our babies. Coconut oil can serve as a great source of a completely natural alternative to some of the other products you might use for your baby.

Acne – It is not uncommon for newborns to experience baby acne. While it may appear unsightly, it is harmless and will usually clear up on its own after the first 3 months. However, you can apply a thin layer of the oil on your baby’s skin (careful not to get too close to the eyes) to help heal things up.

Cradle Cap – Yet another very common condition, cradle cap can affect newborns by causing dry, scaly skin on the scalp. All of my babies had it up until they were two. By applying approximately a teaspoon of coconut oil onto the scalp on a regular basis, it will nourish the skin and help to eradicate the condition.

Ear infection – Some babies will experience ear ache from time to time, which can be very painful. Many doctors will wait before prescribing antibiotics for ear infections because they are usually caused by a viral infection rather than bacterial. Coconut oil consists of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can help alleviate pain and treat ear infections in infants. Just place a few drops into your baby’s infected ear two times a day.

Diaper Rash -When your baby breaks out with a bad rash on their bottom, applying a soothing layer of this stuff will help to promote healing while also nourishing your baby’s sensitive skin. Plus, it’s also safe to use for cloth diapering!

There’s no mistaking just how much coconut oil benefits moms and babies. It’s a go-to alternative to many different products you would use and helps keep mom and baby healthy in so many ways. Be sure to keep it on hand when your little one arrives and for the whole family to use!

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