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Best Breastfeeding Fixes For New Mamas

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by St. Francis

During pregnancy, moms-to-be usually look forward to breastfeeding. Bonding time with your babe, quiet nursing sessions, and burning some serious calories along with helping your reproductive organs contract back to shape faster post-delivery are true breastfeeding highlights. Still, for a lot of new mamas, nursing is just downright difficult. Besides proper latching and engorgement, common breast infections like mastitis and worry about milk supply can start to weigh you down. Read on for some easy natural fixes to common breastfeeding concerns.

Why breastfeed?

While breastfeeding isn't necessarily the right choice for every woman, the health benefits associated with nursing are huge (for both mama and baby). Breastfed babes tend to get fewer colds and viruses, as well as more resistance to gastrointestinal infections. Nutritious breast milk also decreases the risk of chronic illnesses later in life. For the nursing mamas, breastfeeding your baby can help you bounce back from pregnancy and childbirth faster. And that's not to mention that precious mom and baby time.

What can go wrong with breastfeeding?

Fussy babies and engorged breasts are just some of the problems you can encounter when breastfeeding. The great news is, there are natural fixes for common nursing concerns such as preventing mastitis and increasing milk flow.

What is mastitis?

Mastitis is an inflammation and infection of the breast. Blocked ducts and engorged breasts can lead to mastitis. Moms between three weeks to six months postpartum are more at risk, and other risk factors for mastitis include poor latch and infrequent feedings with baby. Signs of mastitis are redness, pain, and breast tenderness, along with flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

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How to prevent and treat mastitis

To prevent mastitis, make sure your baby is latching properly to begin with. A good latch helps avoid nipple soreness and reduces risk of breast engorgement. Use Mastos Breast Oil to address inflammation, infection, and pain, and to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid from the breast tissue. As you apply the oil, give yourself a gentle breast massage at the same time—it helps! 

For more info on helpful herbs for breastfeeding look at our Herbs to Help Breastfeeding blog

Increase milk flow, naturally

Sufficient milk flow is a common concern for nursing mamas. If you're worried about not producing enough milk, make sure you're getting enough rest and also eating high-nutrient foods with lots of good fats. If that's not enough, try Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle blend for a healthy lactation boost.

Have questions? Just visit our Great Questions Answered page to learn more or to submit a question.

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Ingredients

Certified Organic Olive Oil
Mullein
Red Clover
Сalendula officinalis

Certified Organic Olive Oil

Rich in phytonutrient compounds, olive oil is the centrepiece of a healthful Mediterranean diet, which has been conclusively correlated with a lower incidence of a remarkably broad range of diseases.

Mullein

A tall plant with a stem that rises to a spike characterized by small yellow flowers, mullein grows in well-lit, disturbed soils throughout the temperate zones of Europe and Asia, as well as North America.

Red Clover

A perennial herb and fixer of nitrogen, characterized by its distinctive pink blossoms, red clover grows abundantly on meadowland where the soil is light and sandy throughout Europe and Asia, as well as the Americas.

Сalendula officinalis

Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts may have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties in vitro.In an in vitro assay, the methanol extract of C. officinalis exhibited antibacterial activity and both the methanol and the ethanol extracts showed antifungal activities. Along with horsetails (Equisetum arvense), pot marigold is one of the few plants which is considered astringent despite not being high in tannins.

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