After the birth of my daughter, I quite easily managed to establish breastfeeding. Her appetite was wonderful. And yet the problem of breast milk stagnation has not passed me.
The cause was hypothermia. At one time, it led my mother to a hospital bed with mastitis. And in order not to repeat her story, at the very first signs of a tightness in my chest, I ran to buy funds that could help me.
In my basket were flax seed, a head of cabbage, honey and rye flour. At first I was not going to use all the recipes that my mother and friends recommended to me, but just in case I bought components for three compresses.
The most confidential I treated the compress of flax seed, probably because I bought weed at the pharmacy. Or maybe because the cooking process was the most difficult.
In any case, without delay, I poured the seeds into a small saucepan-ladle, poured some water and, stirring it, began to wait until the mixture warms up, and the seeds will release a mucous binder. It is it, as far as I understood, that performs the medical function.
When the solution of consistency began to resemble jelly, I removed it from the heat and laid it directly on the gauze, folded in several layers. I want to warn you that the flax seed should not be specially cooled; the temperature of the mixture has time to decrease while smearing it on the fabric.
A warm compress should be applied to the seal, cover with cellophane and wrap with a warm scarf. At the same time, although the flax seed is considered harmless to the child, it is not necessary to wind the nipple itself (if there is no hardening around it).
I kept the compress until the next feeding.
Cabbage leaf magic
I do not know if this is correct for medical reasons or not. But after a few hours, I put another compress on my chest — a steamed cabbage leaf.
This method is simple both in preparation and in use. Hold the big sheet over the steam and wait until it is soft. Then attach to the patient’s chest and cover with cellophane.
In some magical way cabbage juice affects the resorption of stagnant milk, and after the compress itself becomes thin and flexible.
After this compress, it is not necessary to specifically wash the chest, besides, it is comfortable at night: the cabbage leaf will not leak and will not move on its side. And in the morning you wake up with palpable relief in your chest. This will be noticeable even by the way the child eats, the milk will be much easier to suck out.
And the last compress I used is honey dough or honey mixed with rye flour. No wonder honey is used in many cosmetic operations, when cleaning the internal organs and massage. It draws all kinds of diseases from the inside and softens the tissues. This principle of honey is laid in the compress against milk stagnation.
And so, it is necessary to mix honey with flour to the consistency of thick dough. Then (roughly speaking) roll out the cake and attach it to the sore spot. Then carefully straighten the shape of the breast, bending around the nipple. Honey will warm and soften the seal. Then there will be a noticeable relief.
Girls, I know that some recommend holding a compress for only 20-30 minutes, but I kept much more until it was time to feed. So, look at your condition.
Whenever without medication and temperature, the breasts passed as much as possible in 2 days. In any case, for more than 3 days my chest tightness did not linger even once.
Be healthy and tasty milk to your little ones!
And what compresses during the stagnation of breast milk did you use?