Breastfeeding can be a difficult process for new moms, especially because it can have its own aches and pains. Breastfeeding is still always a good start for healthy babies. It has been backed with tons of research that breast milk is best for newborns, mainly because the vitamins and nutrients that a baby needs for good health is in the milk and it is also packed with disease-fighting substances to up your baby’s immune system.
If babies were meant to drink formula that’s been made in factories and labs, then why does your body naturally produce and secrete milk for the baby? Your milk is especially catering to your baby’s needs, which is why it’s the perfect nutrition source. There are tons of research as to how it correlates to your child’s intelligence, weight gain, resistance to allergens, and overall health while also being good for you, mommies!
Some essential oils may be too harsh on breastfeeding moms as they may be toxic, carcinogenic, hepatotoxic, nephrotoxic, abortifacient, embryotoxic, fetotoxic, or teratogenic.
Here’s a list of essential oils to completely avoid:
- Sweet Birch
- Carrot seed
- Chaste tree
- Cinnamon bark
- Cypress (blue)
- Dill seed
- Fennel (bitter)
- Fennel (sweet)
- Ho leaf
- Mugwort (common)
- Mugwort (great)
- Western Red Cedar
- Wormwood (Sea)
- Wormwood (White)
- Yarrow (Green)
Essential Oil Safe For Breastfeeding
Included in the list of oils (diluted at 1.5%) that you CAN safely use during pregnancy are:
- Cedarwood (Atlas, Himalayan)
- Chamomile (German, Roman)
- Cinnamon Leaf
- Frankincense (carterii/sacra, frereana, serrata)
- Ho Wood
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Orange (Sweet)
- Sandalwood (Australian)
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
To help boost milk supply for breastfeeding, you can use organic almond or jojoba oil as a massage oil for your breasts once a day. Start under the arms, under the breast, then in toward the cleavage, then up between the breasts, continuing around the breast in a circular movement, avoiding the nipple. Remember to wash the oil off before breastfeeding!
Since breastfeeding is very important to some, it is also important for you to care for your breasts. Some problems may arise after birth. Here are some uncomfortable symptoms and how to care for them with essential oils!
Nipple and breast soreness
This is one of the most common problems for breastfeeding mothers, especially because the pain and soreness can be experienced even outside breastfeeding. Soreness, swelling, inflammation, cracking and eventually, the splitting of nipples can happen. To avoid and prevent this from happening, make yourself a blend of this recipe and massage on to the nipples in the weeks prior to giving birth.
This symptom can happen before birth but is a more common symptom after. The breasts can feel swollen, painful, sensitive and hot to the touch. Sometimes a pulsating feeling and redness. Your physician can recommend treatments to help with breast abscesses and in addition to that, redness and soreness can be relieved with this recipe. Consult your physician for this blend no matter what.
Breast Abscess Blend: 15 drops Chamomile German, 10 drops Lavender and 5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata. Mix all the oils and put 10 drops into a saucer of warm chamomile tea with 10ml of colloidal silver. Soak a piece of unbleached cloth in the mixture and place the compress over the breast. Repeat the treatment twice a day for five days only.
If discomfort continues, prepare a different blend with the same quantities of the essential oils above, diluted in 60ml carrier oil. Gently apply a small amount on the breasts twice a day until symptoms ease. It isn’t recommended to breastfeed with a breast abscess so once the condition has subsided, immediately stop using the blend.
Commonly caused by a bacteria, its symptoms may include hot red swelling and a hard lump in the breast. As it is an infection, a fever may accompany these symptoms.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to bond with your child. There are many great benefits as well! Share your breastfeeding stories with us in the comments below. We love knowing more about your journey!