How to Remove Breast Milk Stains

Updated February 21, 2017

Breast milk carries with it important nutrients for an infant. While breast milk is great for baby, the stains it can leave on clothing and bibs can be frustrating for both mommy and daddy. If you have a young infant and are dealing with breast milk-stained garments, learn how to remove those stains in order to keep clothing and baby wear looking nice and new.

Wash garment and allow it to dry in the sun. Sunlight often is all it takes to fade breast milk stains. If garment it still stained, continue with the following steps.

Make a thin pasty mixture of a tablespoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is best; howeverm with constant breast milk stainsm it can be tedious to constantly have to squeeze fresh juice, so you an opt to use concentrate that will work as well.

Apply your mixture to the stained area generously, covering every inch of the stain and just a little beyond it.

Lay or hang garment in direct sunlight and allow a few hours for paste to dry and do its work on the stained area.

Wash your garment with warm water and again allow to dry in direct sunlight. If stain is still there, repeat these steps.


If this method doesn't work, try bleaching the stain, but if it is a baby garment, wash it a few times to remove any bleach remnants, as bleach can be harsh on baby's skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Washer and dryer
  • Direct sunlight
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 a cup of lemon juice (concentrate or fresh squeezed)
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.