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Home Remedies for Breast Infection (Mastitis)

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9. Calendula

calendula flowers

Calendula can provide relief from pain and swelling, two of the most common symptoms of breast infection. In addition, its antibacterial properties help get rid of the bacteria causing the infection.

  • Prepare a paste using equal amounts of calendula flowers and comfrey leaves. Slightly warm this paste before applying it to the inflamed breast. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Follow this remedy 3 or 4 times daily.
  • You can even apply a calendula ointment onto the affected breast a few times daily.

Note: Make sure to wash the breast with lukewarm water before feeding your baby.

10. Eat Foods with Vitamin C

vitamin C

Vitamin C helps fight breast infection and heal damaged skin tissue. Moreover, this vitamin boosts your immune system and helps speed up recovery.

  • Eat vitamin C-rich foods like oranges, limes, lemons, kiwis, guavas, papaya, strawberries, kale, mustard greens, broccoli and parsley.
  • You can also take vitamin C supplements after consulting a doctor.

Additional Tips

  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing to avoid friction against the nipples.
  • To reduce the risk of mastitis,keep the nipple area clean and dry between feedings.
  • During breastfeeding, make sure the baby properly latches onto the breast.
  • Ensure complete drainage of the breasts by changing the baby’s position during each feeding.
  • If required, use a breast pump to empty milk from your breasts.
  • Nursing mothers should get proper rest and sleep to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Avoid lying on your stomach as it can affect the milk flow in the breasts.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated and keep the milk flow steady.
  • Do not allow your baby to use your breast as a pacifier.
  • Avoid stress as much as possible to prevent complications.
  • If using nursing pads, replace them frequently to ensure they are dry and clean.

Resources:

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/common-concerns%E2%80%93mum/mastitis

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