Natural Remedy for Recurring Mastitis

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I battled with the breastfeeding issue of clogged ducts, which continually verged on mastitis, all through this past winter and spring.

After a day or two of relief, the painful condition would regularly reappear.

How frustrating!

I consulted with my lactation consultant, and tried everything in my natural Breastfeeding First Aid Kit, which helped prevent serious infection, but nothing brought long-term relief.

I noticed that babywearing (or even carrying my heavy baby for extended periods- such as during a church worship service) always resulted in a painful clogged duct. So, I sadly began phasing out these “mama tasks.”

Finally, aching from long nights of holding a fussy baby, dizzy and barely able to move my neck, I decided to visit our family chiropractor.

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As soon as I received my first gentle adjustment, I felt immediate relief from the painful clogged duct.

Incredible.

My chiropractor explained to me that my spinal misalignment was preventing proper immune system flow, which can affect breastfeeding.

I continued with my regular schedule of treatment, and any hint of a clogged duct (within the first couple of weeks), always cleared immediately after a chiropractic correction.

Since those initial weeks of treatment in February, I have had NO clogged ducts or mastitis! This is a dramatic change from almost weekly onsets since I gave birth in August 2009. (And now, I can carry my little ones again! What a precious gift.)

(Local friends- if you need a chiropractic referral, let me know!) :)

Do YOU regularly visit a chiropractor? It works for me!

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday from We Are THAT Family.
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17 comments to Natural Remedy for Recurring Mastitis

  • Christa

    YES! I go to my chiropractor once ever 4-5 weeks. Besides clearing up numerous problems in my back, neck, and shoulders (soreness, tendinitis, and headaches from tightness), it’s actually improved my seasonal allergies! When he alligns a specific vertebrae in my neck, my sinus completely clear up! The body is so amazing.

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    Michele @ Frugal Granola Reply:

    @Christa, I’ve found the same thing regarding allergies… but I figured I’d save my allergy tips for a different post. :) Isn’t it wonderful?! :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Oh, we go to our chiro ALL the time, for EVERY thing. I was such a skeptic, but after helping so much my with sciatica during pregnancy #2, I’m a believer! I could go on all day, but, I’ll refrain and just say we *heart* our chiro!!!!! 😀

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  • I’ve never been to a chiropractor before. I may have to try that this time around. I did suffer from mastitis every month from the moment my son was 6 months until almost 1 1/2. Finally after giving up on meds from out doctor, I turned to raw garlic and Belladonna!!! Took it for one day and never had mastitis again!!

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    Michele @ Frugal Granola Reply:

    @Miranda, Miranda, the garlic and homeopathics are a great solution, too! :) I’m so glad they worked for you. I had used those (as part of my “first aid kit” but the clogs still kept coming).

    Thanks! :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • WE LOVE our chiropractor!! I was skeptical as well… but boy what a relief! I have a lot of lower back & muscle problems that are always relieved with the help of our chiropractor. I go regularly!! IT’s wonderful!

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  • Corinne

    Thank you for sharing this info. I am passing this on to my daughter-in-law.

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  • Kendra

    My grandfather was a chiropractor back in the days when it was thought to be quacky. I just grew up thinking that was your first line of defense. Still I didn’t have a need until after I had surgery and babied my right side so badly I pinched a nerve. I even lost use of my pointer finger. So I went. He popped me back in place. I got the use of my finger as well. I had to go because I couldn’t even pick up my baby. It was so sad, but I believe in chiropractic care bunches!

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  • i love the way our Father speaks to our hearts, the word of encouragement for us, through the words of others. here is what stood out to me, in your post: our bodies are wonderfully and beautifully created, and connected. your chiro restored your alignment, improving your immune system flow, which resolved your mastitis! how helpful to think about … restoring immune system flow, or digestive/gut issues, or any number of “macro” system problems, can resolve more detailed, specific concerns … that we may have never even connected.
    wow! what a good word.
    thank you!

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    Michele @ Frugal Granola Reply:

    @emily, Oh, thank you, Emily; so true! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Jenn

    I will admit, I was a chiro skeptic. My son, sorry this has nothing to do with “mommy things” is an elite ice hockey player and took a pretty big hit which resulted in the misalignment of ribs and a torn muscle in his ribs. I can honestly say that he healed much, much faster with the chiro treatments than had I taken him to a conventional doctor. He now goes in weekly for alignments … even in the off season.

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  • Renee

    My 5 year old son had a problem with leaks all throughout the day. Someone suggested trying a chiropractor…we did. He went 6 weeks with not ONE leak! We went back for another adjustment and he went for a long time again with no leaks. Who knew it would help with wetting!

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  • Wow that’s amazing, wish I knew this when I was dealing with mastitis, mine ended up being MRSA so not sure if it would have been “too late” already but to think how much it could have helped, I had to have surgery to fix it and then quit nursing (I had it for a month straight before the surgery which dried me up, but with so much pain for so long not sure I could have kept going anyway and hubby was completely opposed to me nursing after all that). I will definitely keep this in mind next baby if DH lets me try nursing again (the whole thing terrified him, he thought he was going to loose me).

    Thanks for sharing!

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  • […] Natural Remedy for Recurring Mastitis – Again, I am so fortunate to have no experience with this, but I’m certain that Michele shares wise advice. […]

  • I love chiropractic care! But just as a warning, if you are dealing with what you think is mastitis, be aware that it could be Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). My mother was being treated for mastitis for a few weeks when a needle biopsy revealed IBC. Nursing mothers need to be aware of this, as do all women. (My mom was 48 and not nursing). She passed away 2 years later, even though hers was caught relatively early. Now the signs. Any change in your breast should be taken seriously. Maybe even pass this on to your chiropractor, in case he/she didn’t know. http://www.ibcresearch.org for more info.

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    Michele Reply:

    Thanks for the tip, Michelle!
    Cancer awareness is always an important part of breast health. I send you my condolences on the loss of your mom. I’m so sorry!
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Although my youngest daughter is now thirty-two years old, I still remember those painful breast problems. I found chiropractic with my third child and found relief. It even cleared up the fevers and hot redness that came with the clogged glands. :-)

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