Home Remedies for Mastitis

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Home Remedies for Mastitis

Home Remedies for Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of breast tissue that results in enlargement, lumpiness, swelling and pain in the affected breast. The pain can be so severe that affected breast becomes red and hardened. Mastitis, if untreated can lead to problems like abscess and may need to be surgically removed or drained, and require stopping of breastfeeding all together. This condition is often accompanied by a fever and malaise.

Natural Remedies for Mastitis

  1. Rest and Constant Nursing: The first step is to go to bed and nurse the baby regularly to keep things flowing through the clogged duct.
  2. Heat and Cold: Apply heat for 15-30 minutes before nursing to loosen the blockage and make feeding easier. Also apply ice after nursing for 15-3o minutes to bring the swelling down.
  3. Massage: Massage the duct in small circles while baby nursing.
  4. Lots of Water: Drink lots of water to keep my milk supply up and help my body fight the infection.
  5. Raw Garlic: Consume finely mince the garlic and then scoop small amounts up with a spoon, put in my mouth and quickly have some water.
  6. Cabbage Leaves: Put a cold cabbage leaf straight on the breast over the site of the infected duct. Change after every hour .