A mum has revealed her secret weapon for getting rid of stretchmarks in just two weeks – breastmilk .
Chantelle Clarke, from Alberta in Canada, who gave birth in December, posted a photo of her ‘tiger stripes’ on her stomach on Facebook – which has now gone viral.
The image showed how the stretchmarks on one side of her body had dramatically faded, and she admitted she had applied breastmilk to the area to see whether it would have an effect.
In her post, which has now been shared more than 11,000 times and has had more than 11,000 reactions, Chantelle, who is mother to two-month-old Sophia Lee, revealed the details of her experiment.
She said the stretchmarks on the left side of her body had gone from "dark red to light red" in just two weeks after she applied breastmilk to the area every time she nursed.
Chantelle, who is in a relationship with partner Dustin Crawley, stressed there was "nothing wrong with stretchmarks" but it was "nice to know they can fade faster".
She wrote on Facebook: "Been trying a little experiment for the last two weeks.
"Been putting breastmilk on one side of my stomach. I can’t believe the difference!!
"For any moms out there breast feeding put a little on those tiger stripes lol…
"I rub it into my tummy while nursing and lather it on so it’s almost dripping off. I let it air dry and just pull my shirt over after. I put it on every time I nurse.
"Been doing it for about 3 weeks now. My baby is now 2 months old. I noticed a big difference not just on colouring but also in depth of my stretch marks .
"I posted this after my mom convinced me to share with other moms. I cannot promise it will work 100% for everyone but it definitely helps!
"I know a lot of people think this is fake but it honestly is not. I am on day 6 of starting on other side of my tummy.
"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 if marks.
"I am not trying to deceive anyone or trying to get likes or shares. I am truly just trying to inform other moms.
"There’s is nothing wrong with stretch marks but it is nice to know they can fade faster.’ [sic]
Nearly 7,000 people have commented on Chantelle’s post.
Cherri Harp wrote: "Wow that’s amazing!"
Jessica Sides said: ‘Breastmilk works on everything!!’
Sydney Maracle added: "Definitely trying. Breast feeding this baby anyways."
While Keeley Dandy wrote: "People should embrace their tiger stripes some women will never get them and never know the feeling of growing a little human inside and creating this marks #beproud #overconfidence."
The NHS recommends exclusively breastfeeding a baby until they are six months – and the World Health Organisation advises continuing to breastfeed until a child is two.
The healing powers of breastmilk have long been documented – with mothers admitting to using their milk to heal their child’s ailments – from a scraped knee, to a sore eye.
Chantelle admitted she was feeling a "bit self-conscious thinking of not having a nice body any more" before Sophia Lee was born.
She added that during her pregnancy she used coconut oil on her stomach, ate healthy meals and practised yoga.
But she hadn’t used anything other than breastmilk on her tummy since giving birth.
She said: "After baby was born I noticed a week after my stomach was going down very fast.
"My baby started getting acne, so I put milk on her face to improve it.
"While breastfeeding, my boob was leaking all over my tummy, so I decided to leave it and see what happens instead of wiping it off.
"After one week I noticed they were lighter on one side.
"So I continued on that side for three weeks in total. I showed my parents and they were just as amazed and told me to share it on Facebook.
"I believe the collagen in the breastmilk helps the skin.
"Going viral has been pretty cool – I never thought one post could go all over the world so fast!"
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