Get Rid of Breast Infections Naturally will give you one of the natural remedies to make your life easier and less painful. After all, why suffer through a painful breast infection if you don't have to?
Breastfeeding your baby is definitely the healthiest way to feed them. Breastfeeding is joyful but a breast infection can be very painful.
It can make a lot of mamas feel like they're not doing breastfeeding "right" or that it's not meant for them.
This couldn't be farther from the truth. You're never broken if breastfeeding doesn't always go perfect the first time. It just means maybe you have to do some more research to make sure it goes the best possible way for you.
Did you know that you can get rid of breast infections naturally?
Having ten children and breastfeeding each of them for a year, I know the joy and convenience breastfeeding brings. Besides helping me lose my baby weight after each child it also saved a lot of money!
With my first several breast infections, I called the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics. While there is certainly a place for antibiotics, they do take a day or two to work, can be expensive and can have side effects.
Once we moved to Switzerland, I was told how to get rid of breast infections naturally and never needed another antibiotic for them!
Truly, this is amazing. Relief happens with this natural solution within hours - it did for me!
If you are reading this, I probably don't have to convince you of the benefits of breastfeeding. It contains many of the naturally occurring compounds that little ones need to be healthy during those first few months. There's just nothing better for little ones during those first few months on earth than a mama's milk.
However, if you are having a breast infection and want to get rid of breast infections naturally, chances are you need some encouragement to continue nursing through it.
The benefits are definitely worth thinking about!
Breastfeeding benefits to the baby:
- Increases the baby's immunity because of the antibody content - colds and viruses are reduced.
- Long-term immunity is increased against chronic health conditions like type 1 diabetes and digestive problems
- Lowers SIDs risk
- Decreases the risk of cancer
- Does not contain the unnecessary ingredients of formula
- Sources: Parents.com, Women's Health, WebMD,
Breastfeeding benefits to the mother:
- Helps you lose the weight gained during pregnancy
- Increased calorie burn - breastfeeding can burn as much as 500 calories a day
- Oxytocin is released during breastfeeding and it helps your uterus contract. This decreases blood loss after delivery and helps your uterus return to normal size more quickly postpartum.
- Less expensive than formula
- Sources: Parents.com, Women's Health, WebMD,
What if breastfeeding is hard for me?
It's perfectly normal to experience challenges with breastfeeding. It doesn't mean that you're broken as a woman, or not fit to be a mama. I'm here to help you overcome this problem, just like all the other mamas out there. You're far from alone in this. There's lots of mamas out there dealing with the same thing. Have faith!
What is a Breast Infection?
A breast infection or mastitis is an inflammation of the breast tissue. The breast has glands that carry the milk from the breast tissue to the nipple.
When a gland becomes clogged, bacteria can build up causing an infection. The most common bacteria causing a breast infection is staphylococcus aureus and second is streptococcus agalactiae.
Signs and Symptoms of a Breast Infection:
- Red streaks on the breast
- Body aches
Causes of Breast Infections:
- Bacteria (often from the baby's mouth) enters the mammary gland through a crack in the nipple.
- Engorgement and incomplete emptying of the milk
- Hormonal changes can cause the milk ducts to become clogged allowing a build up of bacteria
- Stress and lack of sleep can decrease immunity
Get Rid of Breast Infections Naturally
To get rid of a breast infection naturally, drink 2 Tbsp. (I took more if I felt that I could) of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water every hour. You can warm the water and add honey for a more pleasant drink.
Drink as much as you can tolerate each hour until the symptoms subside.
Once I no longer had symptoms, I would taper off over three days. Drink it three times a day for a day and then two times a day for one day and the third day I would drink it once.
You can also use moist heat to help with the discomfort - warm rag, heating pad, hot shower. And breastfeed frequently.
When I first learned of this natural remedy, I did not know the benefits of raw apple cider. Raw apple cider contains the "mother" which has beneficial enzymes and probiotics. I just used store-bought, regular apple cider vinegar and it worked!
To get rid of breast infections naturally, you will experience faster relief if you begin treatment at the first signs of redness and tenderness. But, it worked for me even after beginning to run a fever!
Throughout my childbearing years, I seemed to be prone to breast infections. So, I took this natural remedy frequently - at the first sign of redness and tenderness. You have to get it right when it begins to have the best results.
In fact, it got to where I would shudder when opening the apple cider vinegar container. ;) But it worked, and I was very happy to be relieved regularly!
To naturally treat breast infections it is as easy as drinking apple cider vinegar! After finding this natural remedy, I never took antibiotics for a breast infection again - it really works!
Know When to See A Doctor
Natural solutions do work, but it is important to recognize when it is wise to see your doctor. There are other things that are important to remember:
- Get plenty of rest
- Nurse frequently
- Using warm damp compresses or heating pad may help with discomfort
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
According to Aviva Romm, M.D., an herbalist, midwife and author of Botanical Medicine for Women's Health,
Herbal treatment for mastitis consists of herbs to treat local inflammation and infection, and those to relieve systemic symptoms associated with fever such as myalgia and chills . . . Improvements are usually seen within 12 to 24 hours, and complete recovery usually occurs in 48 hours. Should symptoms worsen, abcesses form, or treatment not lead to adequate results within 72 hours, medical treatment should be sought.
Get Rid of Breast Infections Naturally
- 2 tablespoons or more if tolerated apple cider vinegar (preferably raw but not necessary)
- 8 oz water heated if desired
- honey to taste optional
Mix the apple cider vinegar and water together.
Add honey if desired.
Drink every hour until the symptoms subside.
After symptoms subside, taper off by drinking 3 times per day, 2 times per day and finally one time for the last three days.
When the symptoms of an infection are gone, taper off the apple cider drink by taking 3 times a day then twice a day and finally once a day.
Have you tried a natural solution for breast infections? If so, what has worked for you?
Thanks for sharing this, Dina-Marie. I had mastitis twice when feeding first baby but dealt with it "a la naturelle", which is to say I just kept feeding baby and hoped that no harm would be done. No antibiotics that is. All was soon well. Reading this simple recipe, have I correctly understood that if one were awake 16 hours in the day, one would drink 16 8oz glasses of this C. Vinegar mixture ? Just want to make sure before writing it down and telling anyone.
Thank you, Sue.
Sue, I don't think I ever had to take that much before being able to tell a difference and slowing down on the intake. I would not be worried about taking that much for a short period of time though but I really do not think it would be necessary.
Hi Thank you for the remedy! I cannot get a hold of my doctor and I really want to do things the natural way. I have a huge ogged duct that may be an abscess,though I had no clue they could form so fast! Within a few days? Anyway have you any advice for that? I know heat,massage and nursing on demand are suppose to help clear a clogged duct.
Thanks in advance
no problem - I got your jist ;)
Chelsea, I know that is so painful. You mentioned everything that I would have suggested so I hope it helps quickly. I will be praying for you!
I am so lucky to have found your blog. I am not breastfeeding but I've had recurring breast abscess and the thought of having to go back to hospital for the treatment nearly reduced me to tears. I've just tried the Apple cider vinegar remedy and it seems to be working so far even with store bought one. I am going to get some raw cider vinegar as soon as possible. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
Helen, I am so glad it helped!
I have a bit of redness on one of my breast, fever and body aches. It almost feels like the flu.I’ve been like this for 2 days. I’ve been applying warm rags on my breast and taking warm baths with lavender oil to help with my aches. Will this remedy work?
Jessica, I cannot tell you if it will work for you or not but it has definitely worked for me! I had breast infections with each of our 10 children and this kept me from needed to go the doctor for medication each time!
My son is just a month old, is it safe for him
Princess, I have done this natural solution for breast infections with all ages of nursing babies. I weaned all of mine at 1 year and I never had any problems with the cleanse effecting the baby.
Thank you so much for your post! I have recently had my fifth baby, who had both tongue and lip ties, which partially brought on thrush. We recently were diagnosed with staph, but were given the watchful waiting approach. I cannot take antibiotics due to health history, so I have become really desperate for a non-prescription solution. I really appreciate your information, and hopefully it will work as well for me as it has for you!!
Julia, I hope it does - I know it worked wonders for me!
Thank you for this article! I don’t breast feed anymore as my son is almost 2 but I’ve gotten 3 abscesses in my nipple over the past 6 months. It’s extremely terrifying and painful to have cut open and stuffed with gauze. I’m going to try this and I really hope it works. 😊
Jennifer Collins says
This isn’t that bad actually. It’s kind of like drinking pickle juice. I do have a question. If I’m not breast feeding, how will the puss get out? I had a really hard time with this breast not producing enough when I was breast feeding. I don’t think I’ll be able to express anything.
Jennifer, I have never thought about how it gets out! I would think you body is able to absorb it but not sure. Sorry not to be more specific!
Jennifer Collins says
Update: I drank about 40 ounces yesterday after I read this and it opened itself up in my previous scar while I wasn’t sleeping! I’m so relieved it worked and I didn’t have to go to the hospital again! Thank you!!!
Jennifer, I am so glad it helped - thanks for letting me know.
I have breast abscess n it measured 1cm
I was told they have to remove it or drain the pus and am secured,
I want to know if this vinegar can help cured it
Betty, I am sorry but I don't have any experience with breast abscesses.