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As a new mother, I was unfortunate enough to experience the many wonders (insert heavy sarcasm here) of mastitis. For those of you who are familiar with getting a breast infection, you probably know that it isn’t fun to say the least. There are so many great natural home remedies that can help relieve symptoms of mastitis, but there is one single remedy that is pure magic and treats mastitis quickly and effectively.
Whether you are a first-time mother with a brand new baby or you are further along in your breastfeeding or pumping journey, mastitis is something you can certainly do without.
Learn about what mastitis is, what are the symptoms and causes, along with how to best treat it at home and avoiding needing to see a doctor.
- What is mastitis?
- What causes mastitis?
- What are the symptoms?
- How long does it last?
- What is the best and most effective remedy for treating mastitis?
- What are other home remedies I can use to help treat and relieve mastitis?
- 1. Warm compress or heat pack
- 2. Cold pack
- 3. Emptying your breast often
- 4. Essential oils
- 5. Rest
- 6. Potatoes
- 7. Vitamin C
- 8. Probiotics
- 9. Fenugreek
- 10. Garlic
- 11. Echinacea
- Mastitis can effectively be treated with natural remedies
What is mastitis?
Well, mastitis is just downright painful. But what really is it? Mastitis is inflammation in either one or both of your breasts that leads to an infection.
Although mastitis can be pretty common in the first six to eight weeks after having your baby, mastitis can happen during any part of lactation.
What causes mastitis?
There are various different causes that can factor into getting mastitis, but one of the main culprits is clogged milk ducts.
A clogged or blocked milk duct is simply where there is an obstruction of accumulated milk within the breast that is blocking the milk flow and causes a red, swollen lump that is very painful.
Women with an oversupply, a baby with a weak latch or infrequent nursing can easily result in clogged milk ducts.
A few other things can contribute and lead to mastitis are:
- Poor milk drainage due to ineffective nursing or pumping.
- Too much pressure on breasts such as wearing tight clothing, a poorly fitted bra or sleeping on your stomach.
- Stress and fatigue.
What are the symptoms?
Mastitis comes with quite an unwanted array of symptoms. I know when I experienced it, I wasn’t up for doing anything, as I felt absolutely terrible and was in severe discomfort.
Here is a list of the symptom’s mastitis can present:
- Inflamed, red and swollen breasts
- Red patches on breast
- A hard, painful lump(s) in one or both breasts.
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever chills and feeling unwell
- Discomfort while breastfeeding or pumping
- Breasts feel hot and are tender to the touch.
I remember experiencing all of these symptoms and needing fast and effective relief from all of the pains of a breast infection.
How long does it last?
Mastitis usually lasts about 1-3 days, but if you begin treating the symptoms early on, you should start to see some improvement and relief in about 12- 24 hours.
If you aren’t seeing improvement within the first couple of days, you should seek a healthcare professional.
What is the best and most effective remedy for treating mastitis?
Natural remedies are effective and safe to use for many different sicknesses and ailments. Treating mastitis can easily be done at home with great success.
Please note that I am NOT a medical professional, and I am only giving my own opinion and advice as a mother and simply sharing what worked well for me.
Don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare professional or doctor if you have any concerns.
With that being said, if I can avoid antibiotics and a doctor’s bill, I will. Treating mastitis at home is extremely effective and completely worth it.
When I experienced a really bad case of mastitis, I was able to quickly and effectively treat it with the one single remedy.
Although I did use a few other remedies alongside this one, I know that this single homeopathic remedy really helped cure mastitis and completely eliminate the problem.
Phytolacca Decandra is a homeopathic remedy that is something you always want on hand if you are nursing.
I have used this remedy to both completely get rid of mastitis along with treating painful clogged ducts and avoiding them turning into mastitis.
I know this homeopathic remedy is actually for relieving sore throats (which it does a great job of that too) but it is a complete miracle worker for breast infections.
Even if you were only using this single remedy, I can promise you it will get rid of mastitis and give you fast relief and the most effective results.
If you don’t believe me, head over to Amazon and check out all of the great reviews from other mothers and their success taking Phytolacca.
Directions for use
Take three to four tablets under the tongue, two to three times a day for a day or two.
After I experienced the magic of completely getting rid of mastitis without the need of antibiotics, I always kept Phytolacca on hand. I would even use it if was dealing with a painful clogged duct.
What are other home remedies I can use to help treat and relieve mastitis?
There are quite a few other natural remedies you can use to help with the symptoms of mastitis. This could be a whole other post for another day, but I will briefly share a few of the other remedies I used alongside Phytolacca Decandra for quick and effective results.
1. Warm compress or heat pack
Heat can be your best friend when dealing with the discomfort and pain of mastitis. Let’s be honest, something warm always seems to make things feel better.
Take a warm bath or shower and allow the water run over your breasts or make sure they are fully submerged in the bath.
Applying a warm compress or pack can also provide relief throughout the day and is a great thing to use right before feeding.
If you’re like myself, you could probably lie in the bath all day long but that is not practical, plus you’ll end up like a prune with mastitis. So, a warm compress is a great second option.
2. Cold pack
You can try both hot and cold compresses to see what offers the best relief. I liked to alternate between the two different packs and found that a cold pack really was effective in helping numb the area and help with pain.
Not only will a cold pack provide some relief, it will also help with inflammation and swelling.
It is easy to find gel ice packs that can be frozen or heated and make the perfect breastfeeding essential especially when dealing with mastitis.
3. Emptying your breast often
Try feeding or pumping more frequently to help alleviate the pressure. If you can handle the discomfort, try massaging the painful lumps while nursing or using a pump.
4. Essential oils
Essential oils can also be used to rub onto the affected areas. Try using oils like lavender, melaleuca, and oregano. Combine these oils with fractionated coconut oil, unscented lotion or apply straight to the problem areas. Check out my 9 essential oils for beginners post to learn more!
When you rest, it gives your body time to repair itself. Get plenty of good nighttime sleep (if your baby isn’t keeping you up all night) and nap when your little one naps.
Also, don’t forget to ask for help. Ask a family member to help babysit so you can catch up on some rest.
Ok, I know you’re probably thinking how can potatoes help with mastitis. Trust this old wives tale, because they really do help!
Potatoes actually contain enzymes that can help reduce swelling and redness.
Peel potatoes and cut them into thin slices (preferably lengthwise), you could also shred them if you wanted.
Place them in your bra and make sure they are covering the affected areas. I also then used saran wrap to wrap around my chest to make sure everything stayed in place.
7. Vitamin C
Since mastitis is an infection in the breast it is helpful to give your body an immune support boost. Vitamin C is the perfect go-to when it comes to boosting your immune system.
Vitamin C has many different uses and benefits especially in strenghtening the bodies immue system.
To learn more about the benefits, dosage, and the different ways we can take vitamin C, check this short informative video where Doctor JJ. Dugoua goes into detail regarding this various aspects of Vitamin C.
Understanding the different forms of Vitamin C can be easily understood by checking out this article from the Wellness Mama.
Probiotics (lactobacillus strains) can be very effective in helping to treat mastitis along with preventing further mastitis occurrences.
Taking a daily probiotic will also boost your immune health along with providing good gut health.
Fenugreek has anti inflammatory properties, providing relief for mastitis.
You can find fenugreek capsules and take it internally, or if you would prefer you can take it in the form of a tea.
Applying fenugreek topically to the breast can be very useful as well.
To do this you simply grind some fenugreek seeds, (you can use a coffee grinder if needed) until it turns into a powder and simply add a small amount of boiling water until it turns into a paste.
Let it cool enough to be able to touch the mixture and apply directly to the affected breast.
You can also buy fenugreek powder if you would prefer to skip the grinding step.
Raw garlic or often known as nature’s antibiotic is antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal. Consuming raw garlic can really kick any infection out of the door.
Finally chop a few cloves of garlic and quickly spoon small mouthfuls into your mouth and then swallow it down with water.
Might not be the best taste, but it can do wonders at fighting infection from the inside out.
It can be a helpful to ingest raw garlic on a full stomach or in addition to other foods due to its high potency. This can help prevent any stomach upset.
Here we are again with another immune booster. Taking echinacea will help your body fight of the infection.
Just like garlic, echinacea possess similar properties and is a great at home remedy for mastitis.
Mastitis can effectively be treated with natural remedies
If you are currently dealing with the discomfort and unwanted pain associated with mastitis or even a clogged milk duct, try these simple remedies.
Using the homeopathic remedy mentioned will honestly be your go-to. Like mentioned before, you can use it in conjunction with the other suggestions listed.
This will only help you feel more comfortable and get feeling better quicker.
I have always been able to find great success with these easy, fast and effective protocols and never have had to take antibiotics or go to the doctor for mastitis.
Have you had mastitis before? Have you had success treating it at home? What other remedies for lactating issues do you like to use? Comment below I would love to hear!
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