Aromatherapy For Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for moms to share with their babies, but painful breasts due to dry, cracked nipples, clogged milk ducts, or mastitis (infected breast) can really put a damper on maternal joy! Certain essential oils can be beneficial in soothing skin, reducing inflammation, and fighting infection.

Dry, Cracked Nipples:
A drop or two of Geranium EO or Sandalwood EO diluted 50:50 with rosehip seed oil or virgin coconut oil massaged over breast between feedings. Because residues may be left behind on the skin when your baby nurses, be sure that the essential oils used are supplement grade and safe for internal use like those I linked above.

Clogged Milk Ducts:

A drop or two of Frankincense EO or Lemon EO diluted 50:50 with grapeseed oil (a lightweight carrier oil) massaged from armpit down through clogged area in long sweeping strokes. Follow with a very warm, damp compress like a wet wash cloth if ducts are just clogged without any infection or inflammation present. I found great relief using this method!

Mastitis (Infected Breast):

Breast Blend # 1

3 drops Thyme or Tea Tree EO

7 drops Young Living PanAway EO Blend

1 tsp grapeseed or jojoba oil

Breast Blend #2

3 drops Lemon EO

4 drops Thyme or Tea Tree EO

2 drops Young Living Purification EO Blend

1 tsp grapeseed or jojoba oil

Massage either of these blends on the breasts and under armpits daily. If these blends are too stimulating at night, Lavender EO or Roman Chamomile EO can be diluted 50:50 in a carrier oil for bedtime and overnight use.

For more information about the healing benefits of aromatherapy or to order the pure therapeutic/medicinal grade essential oils featured in this post, please visit my website.

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These tips are for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your health care provider in the case of severe discomfort or infection.

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  • Liza , June 28, 2009

    Great info! I've also heard about frankincense being good for arthritis.

  • Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) , June 28, 2009

    ohhhh – I never tried those tips for mastitis. I had it sooo badly. But that is over now! 😉

  • Cascia , June 28, 2009

    Great tips! I'm going to have to keep them in mind when I start nursing again.

  • Michelle , June 28, 2009

    Wonderful information. Wish I had known these things years ago. Have a great weekend.

  • Jenny , June 28, 2009

    thanks for commenting on my site. you're site is really nifty as well. 🙂

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes , June 28, 2009

    great tips, thanks!

  • Farmer*swife , June 28, 2009

    Howdy Gal! Thanks for the visit and the friendship via blog catalog. Good luck with all that is going on with moving, etc.

    Hang tight. I'm interested to read your new blog that is coming with a political take. 😉

  • Cascia , June 28, 2009

    Farmer's Wife,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting! I don't know when I am going to find the time to update my political blog again. I kind of pushed it on the back burner. I am so busy with this one. I don't know how bloggers are able to update more than one blog. They must not spend a lot of time promoting them like I do.

  • Felicia , June 28, 2009

    Wonderful tips! I'll have to print these off for friends and for future reference!

  • Momisodes , June 29, 2009

    This is such a wonderful post and with plentiful tips. A close friend of mine is about to have her baby and I will surely pass this onto her.

  • OilGirl , June 30, 2009

    Thanks so much for all your comments, glad you found the information useful!
    Be well, Jen

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