Mastitis is a breast infection in the breast tissue. Breast infections are mostly caused by bacteria found on normal skin.
The bacteria usually enter through cracked nipples. The infection is in
the fatty tissue of the breast, which causes a swollen breast and pain
in the breast tissue.
Things that could Cause a Breast Infection
Sore or cracked nipples, although it may develop without an open wound.
Pressure on the milk ducts, caused by a tight bra.
Massage gently, but firmly from the plugged region toward the nipple.
Try nursing while leaning over baby ("dangle feeding") so that gravity will help in loosening the blocked section.
Use cold compresses between feedings, to decrease breast pain and breast inflammation.
Vary your baby's position at the breast, so that all the blocked ducts are emptied.
Natural Medicine that will Help Heal Mastitis
Garlic: Take three cloves of garlic, with four ounces of carrot juice; mixed in a blender every two hours.
Comfrey leaves and Calendula flowers: Boil them and put them on the breast while warm, at least four times daily. The Comfrey and Calendula
will ease the sore nipples, draw out the infection, as well as clear the
Raw Cabbage leaves: If placed directly on the infected area of the
breast; it will help draw out the heat and infection. The Cabbage will also
decrease the swelling of the engorged breast.
Cold, grated raw Potato: Can be used as a poultice. Apply directly onto your sore breasts.
Vitamin C: Can be used to improve the body's resistance.
Wean gradually, over a period of weeks, so that your breasts can adapt to the amount of breast milk that they need to produce.
Try to breastfeed equally from both breasts.
Avoid dehydration, by drinking lots of fluids.
Make sure that your baby’s mouth is clean before every breastfeeding session.
Avoid sleeping on your tummy, so that your breasts are not squashed against the mattress.
When the milk is not totally drained from your breast during breastfeeding, milk stasis
could occur. Milk stasis causes even more pressure on the ducts, which can cause pain and
If the infection does not clear up after taking antibiotics, go back to
your doctor. A rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer, may also cause the same symptoms as mastitis. (redness and swelling)