Mastitis. If you’ve ever nursed an infant, you have probably experienced the misery that comes with mastitis.
If you think you’ve come down with mastitis (check symptoms here) you should always contact your health care professional. Mastitis is caused by common bacteria found on normal skin and usually clears up quickly once treated. Left untreated however, it could lead to serious problems.
Antibiotics are the standard route of treatment for mastitis. However, if your health care professional gives you permission to treat mastitis at home, this is a remedy that has worked for me.
My dear mother-in-law (who has eleven children!) had to get on amoxicillin so many times for mastitis that she built up a tolerance to it and the amoxicillin no longer helped the mastitis at all. She was prescribed another antibiotic, but was allergic to it.
She decided to try Vitamin C. Megadoses of it.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that these vitamins dissolve in water and are passed quickly through your body. Your body does not store them like it stores fat-soluble vitamins. This is both good and bad. Your body needs to be constantly replenished with these vitamins since it doesn’t store them, but it also means overdosing on Vitamin C is much harder. Harder, but still possible.
If you are taking large quantities, you should be drinking lots and lots of water to pass the vitamins through your body and prevent stomach upset and diarrhea (common signs of overdoing the Vitamin C.) Also, don’t continue for days on large doses of Vitamin C since it could cause problems with kidney stones or too much iron absorption.
When I came down with mastitis after Daisy was born, I received permission to stay at home and try Vitamin C for one evening. I was sore and achy all over and just plain miserable. The last thing I felt like doing was get out of bed to go to the hospital.
I took a 10-12 pills, downed multiple glasses of water and juice and rested. A couple hours later, I was already feeling a little better. I took another 8-10 pills, drank lots more and went to bed.
Vitamin C worked! The next morning I felt back to normal. (Well, as back to normal as one feels, five days after giving birth!)
I took two megadoses [8-10 pills] of Vitamin C, downed multiple glasses of water and juice, went to bed and in the morning felt almost completely better.
Now, if I feel like I might be coming down with mastitis, I take a megadose of Vitamin C, drink several glasses of water and try to get to sleep as early as possible. So far it has worked every time for me!
Disclaimer: This worked for me. However, always check with your healthcare professional. Although Vitamin C is generally considered safe, there are some conditions where Vitamin C can cause serious harm. (see footnotes on this article)
What about you? Do you have any safe, natural tricks for getting rid of mastitis?