Breastfeeding: Safe Natural Remedies

Quick Fix For a blocked milk duct: the homeopathic medicine Silica, and hold the baby in a “football hold” while breastfeeding.

For cracked or sore nipples: Natural Nipple Butter (contains Calendula and natural oils) or any comfrey ointment. The homeopathic medicine Graphites, easily available in stores, or Castor equi (may work better but will probably need to be special-ordered). Taken internally, they will work from the inside out.

For thrush: Are you and your baby passing thrush back and forth? It may show up as little white patches inside your baby’s mouth, and your nipples may be painful, itchy, or flaky. The homeopathic medicine Borax can help both of you.

Lifestyle Support

Take good care of your breasts. You can start before your baby is even born to get your nipples in good shape. Massaging with comfrey ointment is a great habit to get into, before the birth.

Hot compresses feel wonderful and can help loosen things up, especially if you tend to get blocked milk ducts. Apply a hot washcloth to the area for a few minutes before each feeding.

Thrush is a form of candida, which thrives in warm, dark, moist areas. There’s no getting around the fact that your baby’s mouth is an ideal environment, but you can prevent thrush from growing on your breasts by keeping them dry.

Here are a couple of informative books:

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susan Weed.

Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby’s First Year by Miranda Castro.

Giving homeopathic remedies to a baby

Giving homeopathic remedies to a baby Silica, Graphites, Castor equi and Borax are homeopathic medicines which have been used safely for 200 years now for millions of people — including babies. The FDA allows their use for babies and small children. Just be careful that your baby doesn’t choke on a remedy pellet.

Here’s how to avoid that: Crush a pellet into a powder and put a bit into your baby’s mouth. Or dissolve the powder in a little water and dab it onto your baby’s lips, or even onto the temples — the remedy will absorb through the delicate skin — and you may feel more comfortable applying the remedy externally, especially if you’re new to these remedies (and/or new to being a parent). You’ll feel more comfortable with these remedies as you become more experienced and discover how safe they are. You can give one dose a day (in ordinary circumstances) or up to four doses a day (if the baby has really intense symptoms and is showing great discomfort). As soon as you can see the medicine working, stop giving it and let it work.

This was adaped from Burke Lennihan’s Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Common Ailments and may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes with attribution and a backlink to this site.

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