Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast tissue, usually by infection of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureaus in a woman who is breastfeeding. The germ usually enters through a break in the surface of the skin around the nipple or the nipple itself. Initially there is redness and tenderness over a quadrant of the breast representing early cellulitis: over a period of 24 hours this may progress to form an abscess. The cellulitis can be treated using antibiotics and encouraging breastfeeding to continue. If an abscess forms it may need surgical intervention.

There are several natural remedies that can help, if you are breastfeeding don’t take any medication without consulting your doctor first.

These herbs can be taken as herb teas or used to make compresses to apply to the breast.

Chamomile for it’s anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing properties.

Sage, as a compress, for it’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and circulatory stimulating properties. Note that sage herb taken as a tablet or tincture will suppress breast milk.

Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant to combat free radical damage, will also aid skin healing.

A poultice made from dark green cabbage leaves will help reduce the inflammation and disperseit. Warm the leaf in a steamer and apply to the breast, use a cloth or your bra to hold it in place. Leave for 15 minutes and repeat as necessary.


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