[toc]For both mother and child, breastfeeding is a unique and bonding experience. It has been affirmed by the scientists who are working at Warwick University that there are psychological effects associated with breastfeeding because the suckling motion of the infant on the mother’s nipple releases a huge dose of oxtocin. This is the hormone that creates the feelings of love in the brain of a woman. The worst nightmare for a breastfeeding woman is mastitis.
In this condition, the breast tissue becomes infected and the affected breast will suffer from lumpiness, pain, swelling and enlargement. The women who have gone through this pain have dubbed it to be excruciating. The pain can reach such a height that the breast will be hardened and red.
Herbal Remedies For Breast Infection
Any woman who is suffering from mastitis will find an ally in Echinacea root tincture. A single dose should comprise of one-half drop for every pound of body weight. This means that the dose is either two drop-fulls or 65 drops for a woman who weighs around 130 pounds. Until symptoms are alleviated, the dosage can be administered as frequently as twelve times daily. Even if all the symptoms have been eliminated, women should continue taking Echinacea root for about a week.
Lymph gland activity is stimulated by the tincture of poke root or Phytolacca Americana and mastitis can also be cleared with it quickly. The effect of poke root is cumulative because it is potentially toxic and potent. The dosage of this tincture should not exceed two drops on a daily basis. For treating severe and acute infections, poke root can be combined with Echinacea.
A natural alternative for antibiotics is eating some raw cloves of garlic every day. Man-made medications and antibiotics are full of side effects, but garlic is a natural treatment that’s free of any such consequence. Even when they are breastfeeding, it is quite safe for women to eat raw garlic.
The body is able to battle back infections with the help of the herb Echinacea because it is said to be an immune-stimulator. However, people have to follow a strict protocol and it will prove to be as effective as taking antibiotics if people intake this herb at the very first sign of inflammation. Nonetheless, if a natural treatment plan is not of any help in treating with mastitis, it is best to contact the health care provider immediately or else the infection will worsen.
Use a clean cotton diaper for placing a handful of dried or fresh parsley in it and then use a rubber band for closing or tying it. Let it simmer in a pan of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Fresh parsley should be applied as a poultice while dried parsley can be used as a compress on breasts that are painful and swollen.
Comfrey leaves can be used in the same way. Pain of swollen breasts, sore nipples, engorged tissue and unblocked ducts and tubes can be eased with a hot compress. Comfrey can be used externally, but nursing mothers avoid them because of side effects.