Home Remedies Breastfeeding Problems

Breast-feeding is the act of naturally feeding an infant with milk produced in the mother's breast. This has great deal of benefits for the baby not only breast milk is healthier but the action of feeding the child is a moment of love in which the baby learns to bond, smell, and caress with his or her mother as she gives nourishment and affection. There are many home remedies breastfeeding problems in this site.

Without a doubt breast milk is the best food for a newborn, nothing comes even closer to provide all the nutrients that the baby will need later in life. Breast milk is much easier to digest then any formula in the market, at the same time it provides protection against infections, prevents future food allergies, helps the growth of healthy teeth, and most important it improves brain development. Studies had shown that breast-fed babies are more intelligent than formula fed babies. 

Home Remedies Breastfeeding Problems

Low quality or quantity of milk

Low quality of milk can be cause by medications or a poor diet, many antibiotics contaminate the milk and a diet high in caffeine may cause colics and sleeping problems. For the baby it is very important that the the mother keeps eating a well balance diet after giving birth, and preferably foods with no traces of pesticides these poisons become highly concentrated in the milk.

The use of a breast pump may inhibit the production of milk, lowering the amount available to the baby, this gives the false idea that the infant should be change to formula in order for him to be satisfied, when in fact the problem is the quantity of milk that the mother is producing.

Home remedies can help with both of these common problems.

List of Home Remedies for Breastfeeding Problems

  • Eat alfalfa or take it in capsules, it stimulates lactation, improves quality and quantity of milk. 

  • Chaste tree Increases flow of milk, by affecting pituitary's prolactin secretion. 

  • Chinese use a herb called codonopsis to increase lactation and strengthen the blood. 

  • Goat's rue this herb has been used by midwives for hundreds of years to improve breast milk production by as much as 50%. 

  • Vervain encourages milk secretion and flow, it also increases absorption of nutrients from food and helps with postpartum depression.

  • Medical studies have shown bovine colostrum to be identical to human colostrum in composition. Colostrum is the milk secreted for a few days after birth. It is characterized by a high protein and immune body content. Colostrum has been shown to stimulate normal growth, regeneration and accelerated repair of aged or injured muscle, skin collagen, bone, cartilage and nerve tissues. Colostrum helps build lean muscle and helps stimulate the body to burn fat. Research has shown that colostrum has powerful natural immune and growth factors. Colostrum helps combat disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites. Research has shown that bovine colostrum is easily assimilated by humans and is up to 40 times richer in immune factors than human colostrum. It is very important that the highest quality Bovine Colostrum is taken. 

Engorgement Breast engorgement is a very common problem that start affecting the mother in the first two or three weeks after delivery and is more annoying to women with poor skin elasticity. Engorgement is due to milk excessively filling the breast together with blood and fluid retention in the same area.

Usually the breast feels full, hard, tight, tender, painful,  hot to the touch and a fever may develop, the baby may have a hard time to latch on and suck.

List of Home Remedies for Engorgement

  • Take a handful of Confrey leaves and steam them for a few minutes wrapped in a gauze and placed on the breast is very helpful relieving engorgement. 

  • Take the homeopathic remedy Belladonna 6X.

  • Soak a towel in hot water and place it on the breast ten minutes before feeding. 

  • Poke roots reduce swollen breast and pain. Use under doctor supervision. 

  • Elder is used to reduce swelling of engorged breast. 

  • Chamomile help control inflamed breast. 

  • Give your baby frequent feeds on both breast 10 to 15 minutes each.

Plugged duct This is a problem that occurs when the baby does not empty the breast completely on each feeding, the milk remaining in the duct hardens and blocks the duct eventually plugging it. Tight bras can cause plugged ducts as well. If the breast feels sore it might be a sign of plugged ducts. A plugged duct should be taking care of as soon as possible, if not so it can develop into Mastitis.

List of Home Remedies for Plugged Duct

  • Castor oil helps with inflammation and pain. 

  • Elder is used to reduce swelling of plugged breast ducts. 

  • Queen's delight Clears congestion of lymphatic vessels, stimulates white blood cells to react to infection. 

  • Check your nipples every day, if you see dry milk on them or dark dots remove them with a cotton and warm water and feed your child as soon as possible from that breast. 

  • Place the baby in different positions every time, this will ensure that all ducts are being used. 


Mastitis is a condition that results when a plugged duct becomes infected, the breast swells due to a bacteria that enters through tinny cracks on the nipples. The breast infected with mastitis becomes red and painful with pus secretion, other symptoms are fever, fatigue, vomiting or nausea.

List of Home Remedies for Mastitis

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  • Take poke roots this helps mastitis. Use under doctor supervision. 

  • Queen's delight Clears congestion of lymphatic vessels, stimulates white blood cells to react to infection. 

  • Place hot towels on the breast or run hot water over them in the shower. 

  • Elder is used to reduce swelling of breast infected with mastitis. 

  • Rest as much as you can. 

  • Drink lots of water or alfalfa juice. 

Cracked nipples

Cracked nipples can develop when the baby is being position wrongly or by using damp breast pads. The nipple becomes irritated, red, and painful in some cases bleeding may develop.

  • Calendula cream will soothe and encourage the healing of cracked nipples and is safe for the baby to swallow. 

  • The homeopathic remedy called chamomilla helps heal cracked nipples. 

  • The homeopathic remedy called pulsatilla helps heal cracked nipples.

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