Milk and Molasses Enemas

Nurses General Nursing


There are still physicians at the hospital where I work ordering milk and molasses enemas. Is anyone else out there still using these?! If so, what is the procedure followed for mixing and administering?


Specializes in Critical Care/Coronary Care Unit,.

That must be some really old school stuff b/c I've never heard of it. I've done a coca cola enema before, but not a milk and molasses one...sounds better as a shake.

An old-fashioned M&M enema? Your pharmacy should mix it. There should be a procedure written somewhere. If not, get your supe to find one.

Here's a good thread on them:

Milk and Molasses Enema - Nursing for Nurses

Yes, we had one ordered by a doc a few months ago on our floor (med/surg). We printed out the recipe from the hospital intranet and hand mixed it on the floor. It called for milk and black strap molasses, which the supervisor bought at the store, and it was heated in the microwave, but only to about 105 degrees. It was instilled like any other large volume enema. Was very messy, and wasn't all that effective.

Specializes in ER.

I just heard of this when I started working where I am currently working. How odd, but if it works, why not?

Specializes in Pediatric/Adolescent, Med-Surg.

There was one GI doc at a hospital I used to work at that loved to order these. I don't recall seeing much relief from the time I gave one.

Specializes in LTC,Hospice/palliative care,acute care.

never heard of a coca cola enema-the milk and molasses enemas came pre-mixed from the pharm last time I gave one-in 1991....

Specializes in Emergency, Critical Care (CEN, CCRN).

We still do them on a fairly regular basis. They're effective, if rather messy. (I do admit to having a good laugh the first time I saw one ordered. I sat there for about thirty seconds going "What kind of enema? Is this a joke?" --and then the light went on in my newbie-nurse brain about that gallon jug of molasses I'd seen in the clean utility room... :idea:)

We typically use 2% milk in a 50/50 ratio with the molasses. Skim will not work; you need the fat content to get the process moving. (Some of our techs will also 'spike' the mix with half-and-half for this reason.) Either way, have a bedside commode and lots of blue pads at hand!

I had never heard of this til about a year ago. I, too, laughed when I first heard the doc tell me to try it on a pt. I was told it is a 'surefire' fix for an impaction. It wasn't very effective but this was a very extreme case of impacted stool. Took lots of different methods to get the pt relief.

Specializes in ER, Medicine.

I had a physician order it, but the pharmacy said we don't carry molasses. I called CS and the kitchen, but there was again, no molasses. I finally called the doctor back and asked if we could just do a tap water or soap suds enema. He was okay with the soap suds...which made me wonder why he ordered the milk and molasses enema. It was a whole bunch of headache when it could have been easier to order something more standard. Not to mention the annoyed patient who wanted the enema NOW. Sigh.

Oh yes we do! We use 16oz whole milk to 8oz molasses..heat in microwave and stir well. Apparently there is some research from MD Anderson supporting it..but can't say I've seen in myself.

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