IF you have a spare cabbage leaf in the fridge, don’t bake it, stuff it or boil it. Rather, use it to help relieve aching breasts.
It’s true: this old wives’ tale is based on medical merit.
If your nipples are sore from continuous breastfeeding then cabbage leaves could be just the trick.
Simply, place a few cabbage leaves on top of your breasts and keep them there overnight.
The effectiveness of the cabbage to quench breast pain was explored by the National Institutes of Health.
In their findings they concluded that: “Cabbage leaf treatment used on women with breast engorgement did reduce pain, the hardness of the engorged breasts and increased the duration of breast feeding.
“The current available evidence suggests that cabbage leaf treatment helps reduce pain in breast engorgement and lengthens breastfeeding duration”.
While there is little official research on the usefulness of the cabbage to reduce pain, various online studies and forums show that it's effective.
What are cabbage leaves used for?
Cabbage leaves can be used to reduce breast pain, especially when breastfeeding.
During weaning, cabbage leaves can also be used to reduce the mother’s discomfort and decrease milk supply.
In the case of any broken bones or if you need to reduce swelling, try a cabbage leaf! It apparently will do the trick.
How to use it
If it’s the first time applying a cabbage leaf to your body, here are some tricks.
Make sure your cabbage leaves are at room temperature and ensure you wash the cabbage leaves and apply to your breasts between feedings.
Keep your cabbage leaves cool in the fridge. For the best way to apply, try this: place the leaves over your breasts and inside your bra. Make sure you avoid the nipple area.
Alternatively, you can crush the leaves with a rolling pin if they don’t accommodate the shape of your breast.
Lastly, it’s important to stop using the leaves as soon as the engorgement starts to reduce.
Who knew that the humble cabbage leaf could be so versatile?
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