A Natural Approach To Health
Living With a Plugged Duct
I had a question the other day about a plugged duct.
Breastfeeding, or lactation, is the natural way for a mother of a newborn to feed her child instead of relying on cow’s milk or artificial infant formulas.
A woman’s breasts are ideally suited for feeding a baby, and nursing gives many benefits to both mother and baby.
For example, mother’s milk is much easier to digest, prevents constipation, lowers the chance of food allergies, and protects the baby from many infectious diseases.
Nursing also promotes healthy oral development, satisfies suckling needs, and enhances bonding between mother and child.
Breastfeeding is beneficial to the mother as it reduces the chance of hemorrhaging from the placental site, gives you a chance to rest, and encourages your uterus to contract, returning it to its pre-pregnant size.
Incomplete emptying of your milk ducts by the baby, or wearing a tight bra, can cause a plugged duct.
Soreness and a lump in one area of a breast is an indication of this problem.
To deal with a plugged duct it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Check your nipple very carefully for any tiny dots of dried milk, and remove them by gentle cleansing. Together with frequent nursing on the affected breast, this should allow the duct to clear itself within 24 hours.
*Massage your breasts with firm pressure, from your chest wall toward your nipple, to stimulate milk flow.
*Alter the position of your baby on your nipple so all the ducts are drained.
*Make sure you offer the affected breast first, when your baby’s sucking is strongest.
*Any of the following herbs can be beneficial while nursing: alfalfa, blessed thistle, dandelion, fennel, and raspberry.
*Nettle leaf has a tonic effect and contains iron, in addition to many other nutrients.
*The following herbs decrease milk supply, and should be avoided until you’re no longer nursing: black walnut, sage, and yarrow.
*Eat plenty of brewer’s yeast, eggs, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. Raw foods should be plentiful in your diet.
*A mother’s milk is a nearly perfect food. However, it’s low in vitamins A, D, and C. You should eat a balanced diet, but you can also benefit from taking prenatal multivitamins and nutritional supplements like calcium, vitamin D, and fish oil.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Get plenty of rest.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
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