Are cabbage leaves still used to relieve engorged breasts from Breastfeeding?
This was quite popular years ago and gave breastfeeding mums considerable relief from very uncomfortable engorged breasts. I was just wondering if this is still practised today?


Posted by robyn_smithwick, 23rd April 2015


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  • I used this method and it worked for me.



  • I read this in lots of sites when I had problems with breastfeeding, however I didn’t ended up giving it a go.



  • Absolutely!
    Was the only thing that gave me relief.
    Mind you I probably looked a bit strange walking around with cabbage leaves hanging out of my shirt but comfort first!
    I tried every other suggestion & only the cabbage leaves worked.



  • I have used it. And have to say I was very surprised at the immediate relief it gave…..while the leaf was cold. Once it hit warm, and it doesn’t take long to warm up, the relief soon wears off. Give it a go, you might be surprised



  • Yes definitely. Gives breastfeeding mum that much needed relief!



  • yes people still do. it is recommended in baby books lol



  • Yes! Great natural way to get some relief!



  • I am so pleased your doctor recommended this for you Tam Watters. Good to know I am giving ideas that are on the right track so to speak.



  • Yes, my dr recommended it just last week for mastitis



  • sO TRUE June 11. I DONT THINK I WOULD FREEZE THEM UNLESS YOU PUT A THIN LAYER OF FABRIS=C SUCH AS COTTON BETWEEN THE CABBAGE LEAVES AND THE BREAST . OOPS sorry about the capitals . using a thin layer of cotton would minimize the burning. Bleeding nipples is a horrible thing to experience. I WAS breast FEEDING BUB NO 3 and bubs bit me one day during a feed and I swear it felt like I was cut with a pair of scissors . NOT NICE AT ALL! LOL!!!



  • Not sure I would really freeze the cabbage leaves as the ice on the surface could burn your skin. You would get the colder quickly taht way though. Not sure how you would get on with cabbage if your nipples bleed though. newborn nappies would be best then. Another thing you might need to consider is that cabbage contains a natural gas in it + sulphur.



  • It seems this is a very interesting topic!



  • I was very curious to see the answers. I was not really effected like that after my son but another person posted being told by an aboriginal lady I would certainly be listening there. I would take the advice and give it a go. It is a cheap way to try and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.



  • I am so glad I posed this question. It might help new mums that have not heard of this old remedy that works.



  • yes! I had incredibly bad mastitis early on both times I breastfed my babies and cabbage leaves worked wonders, I strongly recommend them to any new mum!


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