Natural Mastitis Home Remedy

About 7 weeks post partum I got the dreaded mastitis.  I had heard about how awful it was and I was so sure I wouldn't get it.  I made sure to massage my boobs often for the first several weeks, and then I got a little lazy.  I went to bed one night feeling a little sore, so I put a heating pad on my boob.  The next morning I woke up and felt a little flu-like and in more pain.  I immediately texted my midwife, Lauren (Wholistic Women's HealthCare) because I knew she would know what to do!  She gave me the following protocol and told me that she hardly ever has to prescribe antibiotics anymore.  I followed this protocol for 1 day and it completely knocked it out.  I felt SO much better the next morning and continued to rest a second day as a precaution.


  1. REST.  Get in bed and do NOT get out.  Unless you have to pee.  Seriously.  This is non-negotiable.
  2. Drink as much water as humanly possible.  If you have grapefruit seed extract, put a drop in a glass of water.
  3. Eat raw garlic.  I ate a few cloves over the course of the entire day.  I chopped it up into tiny pieces and swallowed them like tiny pills so I wouldn't have to taste it.
  4. Take 5,000-7,000 mg of Vitamin C.  Go slow.  I took 7,000 mg over the course of the day.  If you take too much it can cause you to run to the restroom.
  5. Put heat on the affected breast and massage.
  6. Nurse on the affected breast as much as possible and keep it empty.  I also used a hand pump to keep it empty.
  7. Do as much skin to skin with baby as you can

This completely saved me!  I really wanted to avoid antibiotics and this combination of things literally cleared it up in one day.  If you find yourself with a case of mastitis, give it a try!