It's national breastfeeding week in Canada so I thought a blog on how homeopathy can help with breastfeeding issues was appropriate. Below you will find info on some of the remedies used for mastitis, cracked nipples and milk supply concerns.
As always, it's best to seek the advice of a licensed homeopath to help you choose the appropriate remedy, potency and frequency of dosage.
There are many, many remedies that could prove useful for these situations so I have only listed some of the most common ones.
This is for mastitis that has sudden onset with intense symptoms. It’s typically worse on the right side. The breast(s) is red, hot and hard and can be marked by red streaks. The patient is very uncomfortable being touched or jarred and may have a craving for lemons or lemonade.
This remedy has very painful breasts that are much worse with motion and the patient is quite irritable. While the breasts are hot and painful as well as hard they are not as red as with Belladonna. The issues can be worse around 9:00PM. Mucus membranes of patient may also be dry (lips, etc.) and they may complain of pains and aches all over. They are worse from any motion and better from pressure to the breast. They also tend to be very thirsty.
Breasts can be hot and swollen but are pale in colour. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire even when cold. The milk may also disagree with the child. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
These pains radiate from the affected area and the breast is hard and lumpy. The patient may feel heavy with flu like symptoms, or may have a breast abscess threatening.
Cracked and Sore Nipples:
The cracks are itchy and may be oozing a honey-like discharge.
This is for painful cracks that bleed.
For sore, cracked nipples, which hurt when the baby nurses.
There may be production of excess watery milk or deficiency of milk. The patient will complain of being chilly with a tendency to perspire even when cold. The woman is worse from exertion or a cold room and has a strong craving for eggs and a strong desire for dairy including cheese. Warmth makes the patient feel better.
This remedy will address milk flow issues that switch from side to side. The patient may feel a conflict between nursing and the sexuality of her breasts.
Breast milk can be watery, suppressed or blocked or flow profusely. The flow may also be quite variable. The patient tends to have symptoms that change often. They also tend to be yielding in nature and easily brought to tears with a warm personality. They can cry while nursing the baby. Patient is worse in a warm room and much better in open air. They are also thirstless.
No breast milk is produced at all and there does not seem to be a cause for the problem. Breasts can be swollen with stinging pains like the sting of a bee. The breasts may also itch. Patient can also experience a stinging or itching rash. There is an aggravation from cold and cold bathing.