Treatment for breast engorgement overfull, hard, painful breasts in breastfeeding women Review question What are the best forms of treatment for engorged breasts in breastfeeding women? Background Breast engorgement is the overfilling of breasts with milk leading to swollen, hard and painful breasts. Many women experience this during the first few days after giving birth, although it can occur later. It is more common when the timing of breastfeeding is restricted or the baby has difficulty sucking or the mother is separated from her newborn. This leads to the breasts not being emptied properly. Breast engorgement may make it difficult for women to breastfeed.
Do Cabbage Leaves Really Help With Engorgement? Here's What Nursing Moms Should Know
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Cabbage leaves and breast engorgement. One nonmedical intervention, cabbage leaf treatment, has become increasingly popular as it is cheap, easily available and is a natural remedy which some studies have found to be effective  while others have not. One group pretest - posttest only research design without randomization was used and written informed consent from all research participants was obtained. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 30 postnatal mothers and hence independent variables, that is, age, education, gravida, type of delivery of all 30 postnatal mothers were matched before including them in the study. Postnatal mothers with infection in the breasts, breast abscess, and mastitis, broken skin of breasts, bleeding or cracked nipples, and allergy to sulfa drug were excluded from the study. Cabbage treatment was given in the form of cold compresses and for this cabbage leaves were refrigerated for approximately 1 h and then were placed on engorged breasts under the brassiere. This intervention was given for 3 consecutive days on all research participants and each intervention lasted for a period of min.
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Female Background: At the time of interview, this 31 year old, White British woman was breastfeeding her 4 month old son. She also had 5 and 2 year old daughters, both of whom she had breastfed. She was a student and her partner was an investment banker. What didn't go smoothly was that I did get mastitis six or seven times.
Share I don't know about you, but when I think "cabbage" I think "painful" and "gross. But, to my surprise, cabbage isn't all bad news. In fact, there's a rumor floating around that it could actually be a breastfeeding mom's best friend. So, do cabbage leaves really help with engorgement?