Cabbage leaves have been used for centuries to help relieve breast engorgement during breastfeeding. Engorgement is a common issue for nursing mothers, occurring when the breasts become overly full of milk, causing great discomfort and pain. Cabbage leaves (and creams containing cabbage leaf extract, such as our cabb dab relief balm) can offer relief through the following mechanisms:
1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cabbage leaves contain natural compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Placing cold cabbage leaves against the engorged breast can help reduce swelling and alleviate some of the discomfort associated with breast engorgement. Massage in our unscented cabb dab relief balm (kept in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect) instead of cabbage leaves for ease of use to reduce swelling and help with pain. The anti-inflammatory properties of cabbage leaf extract and the act of massaging the affected breast area can help alleviate pain due to engorgement and help prevent mastitis.
2. Soothing Effect: The coolness of the cabbage leaves can provide a soothing sensation on the skin, which can be particularly comforting for sore and swollen breasts. Our unscented cabb dab relief balm provides the same effect, especially if kept in the refrigerator between applications. Our cream is easier to use than having to wash, chill and prepare cabbage leaves.
It's important to note that while many women find relief through this method, it may not work for everyone. Some individuals have reported a temporary decrease in milk supply, so it's crucial to use cabbage leaves or cabbage cream sparingly and not for an extended period, unless you are trying to wean. If you have concerns about breastfeeding engorgement or any breastfeeding-related issues, consult a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for personalized guidance and recommendations.