What about cabbage leaves? Have you ever heard of that being used to wrap breasts? Midwives have long recommended it as one of the most effective at-home remedies for this common breastfeeding issue, so don’t be put off by the fact that it sounds strange.
Consider the following when deciding whether or not to use cabbage.
1. Swelling of the breasts.
Engorgement of the breasts is a normal postpartum phenomenon that typically peaks in the first few days. There could be several reasons for this, including the baby not being able to play in feedings, or simply the baby being a baby. One solution to this problem is to continue feeding your baby as long as she continues to show interest in food.
If your breasts continue to swell between feedings despite this, try placing cabbage leaves on them. Scientists have found that this is an effective all-natural treatment for engorgement and breast pain. Additional solutions to four common breastfeeding problems are provided below.
2. Breast tenderness.
For relief from breast tenderness or lower abdominal pain, try placing chilled cabbage leaves directly from the refrigerator in your bra. Similar to a cold compress, they will bring relief. You can also use the leaves after you’ve warmed them in the microwave, an iron, or by blanching them in boiling water.
3. Reduces breast inflammation and promotes the healing of wounds.
Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C and the anti-inflammatory crystalline amino acid glutamine. A simple cabbage poultice can improve local circulation, which in turn reduces joint inflammation and eases lymphatic congestion. It also helps the body get rid of toxins and pathogens.
For relief from arthritic pain, chest infections, laryngitis, tonsillitis, mastitis, lymphatic blockage tumors, gangrene, sciatic pain, and other nerve and skin infection symptoms, try applying a cabbage poultice to the affected area.