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12 Responses to Healing Mastitis Naturally

  1. Heather

    At the first signs of mastitis (flu-like feeling – I haven’t had noticeable lumps!) I take the hottest shower I can stand and massage my breasts with a wide tooth comb. It’s easy to do when you feel like crap!

    Also I take homeopathic phytolacca. It was recommended by my midwives and really works. I’ve had better luck with 6c, but 30c worked too.

    Also elderberry tincture is great for immune system boost.

  2. Marcelle  

    Traditional Chinese medicine can also be very effective at combating mastitis. A few acupuncture treatments paired with herbs can really clear things up.

  3. Moorea  

    another great addition to the mix! thanks. -Moorea

  4. Ruby  

    Great advice. My one caveat is that when I had a blocked milk duct, my daughter’s nursing was nowhere near enough suction to unclog it. Maybe hand expression would have worked, but it was really, really painful. Only by putting my industrial-strength pump on high and pumping until it unclogged did I get relief.

  5. Helen Marshall  

    I would not recommend using cabbage leaves for mastitis. Cabbage is well known to reduce milk supply and so if used on your breasts for long periods like 36 hours you will experience a drop in supply. Instead you can use sliced potatoes which also reduce inflammation without affecting supply. Otherwise this is really great information.

  6. Moorea Malatt  

    Helen,
    Thank you for this reminder. I wouldn’t use cabbage more than 24 hours at a time. It can decrease milk supply. However, for moms with adequate supply to begin with, assuming the baby is still nursing frequently throughout the mastitis challenge- any reduction in milk production on that side was likely helpful for me to avoid the engorgement that happens when a duct is plugged and the breast hasn’t drained properly yet. Potatos are a great idea, though not as easy a shape to fit into your nursing bra 😉

  7. Clare

    You are a genius! I have healed myself twice now following your advice. Epsom salts are the key for me.

    • Moorea  

      Yay! I’m so glad to be of service! I feel so lucky to have developed that “program” and always heal it before it got bad, even thought I was prone to them!
      Best,
      Moorea

  8. Mackenzie

    I noticed the pain around 5 am this morning, and I immediately had fever. 101.6. Do you think these things will still work for me, even though I started with fever?

  9. jennifer

    I’m a 48 yer old woman and I developed mastitis 5 weeks ago. I’ve never had it before and I have no children, so I was quite surprised to get a breast infection that’s rare in non lactating women. I had three golf ball sized lumps in my left breast, that quickly turned hard. My GP sent me to emergency for an ultrasound bec she thought that I had developed an abscess. An ultrasound revealed only breast tissue and I was told that the hardness was caused by inflammation due to infection. I was given a prescription for Keflex but I was determined not to take it, due to having taking too many antibiotics in the past and developing chronic fatigue syndrome as a result. My fever subsided but my energy was minimal for weeks. I still feel weak. The golf balls have shrunk down to one (as opposed to 3) but I still have hard knots in my breast. I am massaging them daily with poke root oil. I took phycolacca 30 ch, 6 ch and 200 ch. I did epsom salt baths. I drank spurlina with raw garlic. I did a vit c IV. I’m wondering if anyone has any tips to get rid of the remaining hard lumps.

  10. Laureal Boston

    awesome advice. i have to say all these things have helped me get through all bouts of mastitis. Also dandelion tea, mothers milk tea, lethicin (granules, non-gmo), a little lavender EO mixed with coconut oil can help tenderize the breast. My personal favorite is: after you rest your cabbage leaves on your breast(s) and are ready to discard them, roll them into a little roller and lie on your side (however you can access the milk accumulation best) and roll from the ribs to the nipple slowly and with some pressure. Feels great and the cabbage is so strong and helpful in moving the milk down, so when you nurse it can release!!!