Healing Mastitis Naturally {how I did it}

I had mastitis once with my first.  It was bad.  I thought I was dying.  It took a round of antibiotics to kick it to the curb.  Then a whole new set of problems started, thrush.  That was even harder to get rid of.  I didn’t have any problems with mastitis with children 2 and 3.  I’m currently nursing my fourth child and honestly I thought I was past any chance of getting mastitis.

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See, he’s 15 months old and only nurses about 6 times a day.  But then the pain came.  My first thought was a plugged duct.  But within 24 hours I was running a fever, I felt horrible and the pain was getting worse.  This is what I did to treat mastitis naturally.

  • I started taking poke root tincture immediately,  4 drops every 8 hours.
  • Pumped the affected side in between feedings.
  • Took a long hot (as hot as I could stand it) bath, and submerged the affected side.
  • In the bath water I added 2 cups of epsom salt
  • Covered the affected area with hydrated redmond clay, also rubbed hydrated clay over the lymph-nodes (under arms, under knees, neck, jaw, etc)
  • Slept with a cabbage leaf inside my bra covering the affected breast.
  • Wore loose and nonrestrictive clothing.  This includes a supportive nursing bra that isn’t tight , and a loose shirt.

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My fever was gone in 24 hours.  I continued the above steps for a couple of days until the pain started to lessen and by day 4  it disappeared.

Note: If you think you have an infection please see a physician.  Most cases of mastitis need to be treated with antibiotics, and can cause damage to the tissue of the breast if not treated.  I personally did see a physician who prescribed me antibiotics for the infection.  We agreed that I would continue with the natural treatments and if it got worse not better within so many days I was to take the antibiotics.  Thankfully I didn’t need the antibiotics.  I am just sharing my personal experience with you.  You should work closely with a physician should you have such an infection. 

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Katie is a military wife and mother of 4 with 1 on the way. She is passionate about family, food and serving the LORD. By day you may find her changing diapers, folding laundry, home educating her older children, and cooking three meals a day with a baby on her hip next to a sink of dirty dishes. By night she writes and shares recipes, tips, and tutorials for economical, nourishing and simple gluten-free foods at Simple Foody.

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  1. says

    I’m glad to see that these steps worked for you. I know someone who had mastitis just last week. She did a few of the remedies that you did and just waited it out.

    Thanks for sharing, stopping by from A Mama’s Story.

  2. irene says

    I shredded ginger root into a pan of water, let it simmer on the stove. Then let it cool and soaked a wash cloth in it, then squeezed some of the water out. Laid down on the sofa, plopped the cloth on the breast, covered with a towel then a heating pad. Repeated several times a day. It was much better within 24 hours, and completely healed within a few days. Definitely important to rest as much as possible, usually you won’t have a choice, because you feel so sick.


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