Natural Cures for Mastitis
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
After several bouts of mastitis as a new mom and later on, a toddler mom- I have found ways to naturally fight off the infection, if it is caught early enough. Below are my suggestions to help any mom suffering from mastitis, using natural remedies.
The first three times I had mastitis, I had no knowledge about natural ways to fight off the infection, and I was also suffering from a compromised immune system after being pregnant - because, hello - growing a baby takes toll on your body. Unfortunately this led to antibiotics, and I didn't tolerate them well, and neither did my baby, who was getting them through breastfeeding. By the fourth time I had it, it had been long enough, and my baby was over a year. By then, I knew that there were other alternatives to antibiotics. However, these natural cures don't work if you don't catch the early signs of mastitis and begin treating right away, or if you are working off of a compromised immune system from pregnancy. By no means am I a doctor, but I've had success with this routine. If your fever continues for longer than 24 hours, seek medical help. See below!
Raw, chopped garlic cloves (swallow whole with orange juice if you can't stand the taste) - these are a natural antibiotic
Cod Liver Oil (pills or liquid form) - boosts immune system, reduces inflammation
Cabbage Leaves (Some women swear it pulls the infection out- it definitely didn't hurt because they were cool and soothing on feverish skin)
Women's Multi-Vitamin as directed (I take Garden of Life Prenatal Whole Food Vitamins)
Caprylic Acid as directed (usually 1-2 a day) - This is an antibacterial, and an antifungal
Elderberry Syrup (not the diluted Sambucus version) - take the heavy recommended dosage morning and night
Sunflower Lecithin as directed (usually 1-2 a day) - this thins out the milk which can help especially with clogged ducts
Vitamin C 1,000 mg as directed
Nurse, nurse, nurse!! Don't stop breastfeeding even though it's painful. Draining the breast can lessen symptoms.
Hot compresses, hot showers
Massage the breast
H20 - Flushing your system out with water is the best thing you can do while fighting an infection!
***Bone Broth - I have not yet tried this, but many mamas swear by it as it aids in reducing inflammation
Some of these natural remedies, such as elderberry syrup, come with a warning for pregnant or nursing women. If you are pregnant or nursing, ask your OB or your chiropractor, midwife, doula, etc. before taking any supplements. Do this routine daily until your symptoms are gone. I did not take any anti-inflammatory medicine, because I didn't want to take it unless I absolutely had to. But supplementing your aches and pains (and to drop your fever) with ibuprofen or motrin, are both safe while breastfeeding in small doses. Remember, fevers are good! They are your body's way of fighting off an infection. Mastitis is never fun, but greeting it with a strong immune system from the beginning will increase your chances of fighting it off naturally!