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:
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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.
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Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
- 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.
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:
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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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
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
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
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/
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
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
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