"I noticed a big difference not just on colouring but also in depth of my stretch marks."
Some people say stretch marks are a sign of what our bodies have endured to bring our babies into the world. A visual reminder of just how amazing the human body can be.
They are a road map showcasing the journey our body has taken to navigate its way from being a woman to becoming a mother. The physical pain is sometimes reflected in the small, pink, purple, or sometimes silvery fragmented lines that envelop our new body.
But we don't have to love them.
The image Chantelle shared to Facebook. Image: Facebook/Chantelle Clarke.
"Been trying a little experiment"
Mum, Chantelle Clarke, from Alberta in the US shared an image to Facebook showing just how much breast milk had changed the appearance of her stretch marks in only a few weeks.
"Been trying a little experiment for the last two weeks," Chantelle wrote in her post.
"Been putting breast milk on one side of my stomach. I can't believe the difference!!"
Chantelle encouraged other mums out there who were breastfeeding to rub some of their own breast milk into their own stretch marks to see for themselves.
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She says she has been lathering up one side of her stomach each time she feeds her two-month-old baby and just lets it air dry.
"I put it on every time I nurse," she said, updating to say she has now been using it for three weeks.
"I noticed a big difference not just on colouring but also in depth of my stretch marks," Chantelle said.
Sharing the images after her mum urged her to share for other mums, Chantelle said she can't guarantee will work for everyone.
Chantelle added another two images. Image: Facebook/Chantelle Clarke.
"It helps with the depth"
Adding another two images, Chantelle reported more success again, now with the second size of her stomach.
"I am on day six of starting on other side of my tummy," she wrote.
"They have gone from dark red to light red now. Starting to get light purple on edges. Like I said before it's not just the lightning up that is amazing but also it helps with the depth of marks."
Chantelle said she is not trying to deceive anyone or imply that stretch marks should be removed, but simply wanted to share what she discovered in case it came in handy for other mums.
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"Steal some of little babe's milk"
It seemed others were keen to give it a try.
"I've started to do this," commented one person.
Another tagged a friend asking them to "steal some of little babe's milk for a good cause."
One joked they had tried similar with beer, with no luck: "Same concept, different results. No luck. I still have can lines and smell like post malone."
Someone even said, "Dijon mustard does the exact same thing! It's amazing!" and we're not sure what to think now.
So we hit a few online forums to see what everyday mums had to say about it.
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Chantelle isn't alone
Mums on BabyCenter swore by this several years ago. One mum wrote almost the same thing as Chantelle did:
"I've started applying fresh expressed breast milk on my stretch marks after my showers, and the colour has gone from bright red to dark burgundy in a week," wrote arynnemommytobe.
Even back then there were people who had been told breast milk cures all different ailments and other mums who swore by it for their stretch marks too.
"How funny I was going to post this but I thought everyone would think I was crazy!!" commented one mum, adding, "I had a little stretch marks on one side of my belly and I started applying breast milk and it's pretty much gone ... no joke."
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Another said, "I have used it on my stretch marks too! It does help!"
Perhaps we need to test it out for ourselves. We have plenty of stretch marks, but no breastfeeding mums so we'll have to just take your word for it on this one. Have you had success with this? Let us know in the comments.