This post is part of our complete guide on treating engorgement and clogged ducts. Refer back to the guide if you want a complete list of topics covered, from prevention to diagnosis and treatment. If you're specifically interested in what you can do to get rid of mastitis naturally, please read on!
How do you cure mastitis naturally, without antibiotics?
It is possible to cure mastitis naturally. After all women have been having mastitis since the dawn of time and they didn’t wait for the advent of modern medicine to cure it.
Like we detail in our article on getting rid of mastitis the most important step you can take to cure mastitis is to keep a steady breastfeeding or pumping schedule. Mastitis is most often due to stagnant milk accumulating in your breasts, it’s therefore critical that you empty your breasts regularly by breastfeeding or pumping. Don’t worry: your milk remains perfectly safe for your baby to consume. Even though you might be tempted to do so because of the pain, it’s important you don’t breastfeed or pump less than usual as this will lead to milk accumulating in your breasts, thus worsening the issue.
When you breastfeed it’s important to ensure that your baby is latched properly. This is crucial because otherwise they won’t be able to drain your breast of its milk and they won’t get properly fed.
You should also consider drinking a herbal tea designed to help mitigate the issue like our very own Unblock Nursing Tea. It’s made with plants only and it’s based on a recipe used for centuries by Chinese women to clear blockages in the breasts such as plugged ducts or mastitis. We recommend you drink 3-5 cups a day until you see the issue improve.
Lastly try massaging your breasts yourself or getting a professional therapist to do it for you. Mastitis is first and foremost a failure of your milk to flow properly. Massaging your breasts will help clear any blockage and will go a long way to solve the issue.
If you don’t start feeling better after following the above for a couple of days, consider seeing a doctor. You should especially see one if you feel more and more feverish, a sign that the inflammation is getting worse.
So to summarize, how do you cure mastitis naturally, without antibiotics?
- Keep breastfeeding or pumping on a steady schedule.
- Even though it hurts, do not express less milk than usual. You want to empty your breasts thoroughly and regularly.
- If you breastfeed, ensure that your baby is latched properly.
- Consider drinking a herbal tea designed for the purpose like our very own Unblock Nursing Tea.
- Massage your breasts regularly (or get a massage therapist to do it) to improve milk flow