Mastitis

Overview

A condition that causes a woman’s breast tissue to become painful and inflamed, mastitis is most common in breastfeeding women, although women who are not breastfeeding can also develop the condition.

Around one in 10 breastfeeding women are affected by mastitis, and in these cases it tends to develop within the first three months after giving birth.

The condition is often referred to as lactation mastitis or puerperal mastitis, and it usually affects one breast.

As well as the breast being painful and swollen, some women may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as a high temperature (fever), aches and chills.

Mastitis can be caused by an infection, or due to milk remaining in the milk tissue (milk stasis). Milk stasis can occur for a number of reasons, including as a result of your baby not being properly attached to your breast during feeding.

If bacteria gets into the milk ducts, infectious mastitis may occur. This can be as a result of a blockage, or in non-breastfeeding women it can be due to a cracked or sore nipple, or a nipple piercing.

Be aware that if left untreated, non-infectious mastitis can result in infectious mastitis, which may be due to bacteria infecting milk remaining in the breast tissue.

Mastitis should be promptly treated to prevent more serious complications developing , such as a breast abscess a painful collection of pus).

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.

When breastfeeding, ensure your baby is properly attached to your breast and that your nipple is positioned deep inside your baby’s mouth.

In some cases it may be necessary to:

Feed more frequently

Express any remaining milk after a feed

Express milk between feeds

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how

Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:

Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.

Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste  www.wecarespa.com

Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more

Hydrotherapy:

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.

If you’re suffering from mastitis, it’s important not to consume any toxins. A healthy, balanced diet should be followed.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400.

Supplements:

A Vitamin C supplement can be helpful for any mom suffering with recurrent plugged ducts or mastitis.

The production of the body’s free radicals is stopped by supplements of the vitamin E, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants that can be taken in the diet. The functioning of the immune system is enhanced by the supplements’ of vitamin E – this is achieved by the promotion of healthier cells within the body.

Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.

Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here

Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

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Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com

Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.

If you’re suffering from mastitis, you can try this natural home remedy using fenugreek seeds:

1. Soak three to four tbsp. of fenugreek seeds in water overnight

2. Crush them to a paste in the morning

3. Apply this paste on the breast

4. Leave it for 15 minutes

5. Cover it with a cloth

6. Repeat this process twice a day

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.

Acupuncture can be used to prevent mastitis, as well as to treat the painful condition. The term for mastitis in traditional Chinese medicine is ‘Toxic Heat Accumulation with Qi and Blood Stagnation’, and it closely mirrors the Western diagnosis: inflammation and infection.

The Oriental medicine diagnosis involves the whole body, and perceives that the lower part of the body (the uterus) is cold and deficient following childbirth. It also believes that the upper part of the body (the breasts) has heat and stagnation, causing an imbalance in harmony and qi, or energy.

Specific points on the body that correspond with the diagnosis, called acupoints, (these are not actually on the affected breast, but on points related to the affliction) will be used in acupuncture in order to harmonize the flow of qi and fight the infection.

Herbs can also be used, such as dandelion and honeysuckle  – both said to clear heat and toxicity out of the affected areas. These methods are free of side-effects and completely natural, and an acupuncture session will also serve to relax the mother and relieve pain.

As the baby is nursing, you could try massaging the affected breast with your fingers, which will help to loosen the plugged milk duct. Massage from the outer breast towards the nipple, in the area that is infected.

It is suggested that a couple of raw garlic cloves a day are a natural alternative to taking antibiotics. Garlic is nature’s own antibiotic, without the negative side effects of taking man-made medications. It is also safe to ingest while you are breastfeeding.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Aromatherapy

Essential oils rapidly absorb into the body, due to their molecular structure. They enter the skin and pass through cell membranes into the bloodstream, bringing benefits to you quickly and helping restore calm and relaxation.

Research indicates essential oils have the proven ability to affect the system and are safer to use than synthetics and artificial.

Tea tree is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-viral, bactericidal, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and insecticide; use this essential oil to help relieve symptoms of mastitis by applying it, undiluted, onto the breast, with an alternative hot and cold compress.

Basil and frankincense oils, along with the blend On Guard have helped others. They can be applied topically directly to the affected area or taken internally. For topical application, consider using a carrier oil especially around and on the nipple.

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here.

Before breast-feeding your baby, place a warm, wet washcloth over the affected breast for about 15 minutes. Try this simple procedure at least three times a day, as it works to increase milk flow in the breast. Massaging the affected breast may also increase milk flow.

Apply an ice pack or a warm compress to the affected breast to help reduce your pain. If you use an ice pack, place the ice outside of your bra or clothing. Do not put the ice directly on your bare skin.

You can also drink plenty of water to help ease the symptoms.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

A few herbs to consider include comfrey, calendula, rosemary, dandelion, and marshmallow root. Simply apply to the skin (with a hot compress or cloth is best) for five to 10 minutes, as many as six times a day.

Poke root has also long been used as a treatment for sickness or pain, including specific use for breast pain by Native American Indians. It stimulates the lymph system, for better drainage and to help clear out an infection. It can be used in a tincture form, but use no more than two drops per day, as it is quite strong.

Other

Cabbage leaves: Try this remedy, which is believed useful for infection. Use it at the first signs of trouble, by placing a cool cabbage leaf inside your bra, directly against your breast. Leave it there for an hour or two, before removing. You can do this multiple times a day, but be careful not to leave it on continually as it may affect your milk supply.

Exercise:

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Colloidal Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf    

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFTNC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Homeopathic remedy for mastitis www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfunnorOCEM

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Further Information (links and books)

Traditional Chinese Medicine and mastitis www.portlandacupunctureblog.com/traditional-chinese-medicine-and-breastfeeding

Home remedies for mastitis blogs.rediff.com/allayurvedicremedies/2011/08/02/home-remedies-for-mastitis-straight-from-your-kitchen

Try vitamin C for mastitis feminineadventures.com/2012/02/07/mastitis-try-mega-doses-of-vitamin-c/

Home remedies for mastitis www.natural-homeremedies.com/remedy/mastitis.html

Fermented foods help prevent mastitis http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/fermented-foods-help-prevent-mastitis/

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

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Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – Aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – Organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – Meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – Herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – Reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – Aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.

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