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April 1982

Therapy Using Breast Milk

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(4):665. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030030667030

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To the Editor.  —Following the example of antiquity, we have tried breast milk for the treatment of viral keratoconjunctivitis and ophthalmia neonatorum along with topical antibiotics.So far, the results have been encouraging. We obtain the supply of mother's milk from the Department of Obstetrics, Catherine Booth Hospital, Nagercoli, India, and 1 drop is instilled every hour.Many of the patients had been previously treated with antibiotics, idoxuridine, and sulfa drugs and had not responded. The subjective improvement is often immediate, and objective improvement follows in the majority of patients.It is likely that mother's milk is not only rich in antibiotics but also in antibodies that could beneficially influence infectious eye diseases.

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