Getting rid of mastitis
Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that usually affects women who are breastfeeding. It happens within the first 3 months after giving birth, but can also happen during the breastfeeding period and affecting only one breast.
Mastitis is due to a milk duct that is blocked which causes milk to accumulate in the breasts that result to infection. The condition can also be caused by bacteria that enters through a cut or break on the nipple.
It is important to continue breastfeeding if suffering from mastitis since it does not cause harm to the baby. It clears the infection in the breast, but if it causes pain, pump or hand press the milk to prevent clogging of the milk duct.
Symptoms of mastitis
- Generally feeling ill or malaise
- Tenderness and warmth of the breast when touched
- Swelling of the breast
- Redness of the skin, usually in a wedge-shaped pattern
- A continuous pain or burning sensation felt on the breast while breast feeding.
- Fever of 101 degrees F or 38.3 degrees C or higher
- Lactation mastitis usually affects only one breast
- Massage the affected breast to unclog the milk ducts and lessen the swelling. Massage the outer breast toward the nipple in small circles and apply more pressure on the affected area. Mix together equal amounts of wheat germ oil and apricot. Use this mixture to massage the affected breast in upward strokes. Perform this process several times every day. Clean the nipple using warm water before breastfeeding the baby.
- Apply alternately hot and cold compress on the affected breast. Cold compress lessens the pain and swelling while the hot compress clears the blockage of the area, increase circulation of blood and proper flow of milk. Wrap hot water bottle using a thin towel and then place it on the area for at least 15 minutes. Then follow it up with a cold compress by wrapping ice cubes in a towel and place it on the area for at least 5 minutes. Repeat the cycle two to three times as needed.
- Apple cider vinegar since has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the inflammation, prevent infection from spreading and boost energy. Prepare the solution by mixing one-part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water, dip a cotton ball in the solution and apply on the affected area. Let it remain in the area for at least 15 minutes and then rinse using warm water. Repeat this process at least 2-3 times every day until the infection is healed.
- Extract the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf and apply the gel on the affected breast and let it dry. Rinse it using lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Aloe vera has pain-relieving properties that reduces discomfort caused by the breast infection, repair and heal damaged tissue of skin.