Breast Infection Begone!

by Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

Thank you for your wonderful comments on last week’s blog — Fever is a Friend. Many of you missed the free download offered at the bottom of the article.  It is the transcript of my popular 2-CD set Cell Salts — The Easy HomeopathyThere is a free download of my CD Baby Grande with this post too which gives you the homeopathy scoop on pregnancy, birthing and after!


It doesn’t get any better than this.The moment we realize we’re pregnant, our lives make a whirling shift and our attention becomes future focused, generational, eternal.

Indeed, my motherly duties snapped to attention 9 months before each of my babies arrived, almost to the day.

Baby’s Nutrition

So how do we prepare and treat our baby and ourselves in the early months?

Need I discuss the importance of nutrient-dense foods for Mom? It’s absolutely key to what I call “generational well being,” in which no amount of prenatal vitamins will substitute for well-executed meals.

Homeopathy for Breast Infections

But for many, this isn’t enough. That’s when homeopathy comes in.

Consider breast infections, also called mastitis. Many students and clients call me regarding this oft-debilitating infection that can interfere with the nutrition of the baby and the well being of the mom.

The efficacy of homeopathy for this problem is well documented in medical Materia medicas and repertories. As long as the correct remedy is chosen, it works every time and has done so for over 200 years. In fact, when a woman had mastitis in 1798, she likely chose one of the remedies below, just like today’s modern mom.

Not unlike traditional foods, real medicine transcends the centuries. No chemical tinkerings, no shenanigans from the pharmaceutical industry. Just simple, safe and efficacious.

Here are three main remedies to consider for a breast infection, also referred to as mastitis.

  1. Belladonna 30
  2. Phytolacca 30
  3. Hepar sulph 6

Belladonna is the remedy to think of when the breast is very red, hot, deeply painful (particularly when mom is jarred) and swollen. It can even be shiny from swelling. It may be accompanied by fever as well. This is what we call a Belladonna picture.

If this fits the description, Belladonna 30 is taken every 3-5 hours (4 pills or whatever is considered a dose on the bottle). As with most homeopathic remedies for acute situations, the remedy is stopped as soon as there’s see significant improvement. If there is no improvement after 5 doses, it indicates that its time to consider another remedy.

If the symptoms are not as angry and extreme, then Phytolacca 30 is likely the right choice. Phytolacca would be used in the same fashion as above. That is, every 3-4 hours until improvement.

Again, it should be noted that once the remedy has acted fully, it should be stopped.

Regardless of the symptoms, Hepar sulph 6 has a history of aiding the healing of mastitis if integrated into the schedule of either of the two other remedies twice daily. That means it would be taken every 3-4 hours but on the off hours from the other single chosen remedy.

Not only has this method been shown to address even the most painful of breast infections, but it may also uproot the propensity for another infection to ensue. But, if one does ensue, now you have your strategy in place.

Homeopathic remedies are safe for mom and baby, inexpensive, easy to take and keeps moms off antibiotics. (The best part.)

Your Take Away

You CAN treat yourself! The ability to heal yourself and family is a tradition that is as old as motherhood itself. I hold that the ultimate female privilege is to become a mother, and our built in sense of duty should be accepted as powerful and palpable.

Join me in linking arms across the globe. One mother bonded to another in defense of our motherly right to raise our families in the fashion we deem decent. No foods of commerce, no drugs of commerce. Just plain horse sense.

About the Author

Joette Calabrese

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na), has a passion for teaching moms. Why? Because she was successful in raising her now-adult children without ever resorting to a drug. Her methods are simple: clean living, nutrient-dense foods, staying away from the pediatrician’s office and knowing…really knowing…homeopathy.

You may recognize Joette’s name from her regular speaking presentations at the annual WAPF conferences and her column in Wise Traditions, The Homeopathy Journal. To learn more of her tips and tricks to keep your family’s health decisions where they belong (in your hands) go to my web site -membership site.

Joette is not a physician, and the information offered here is not to be construed as medical advice but rather educational information. Medical advise should be sought from a licensed medical professional.

Image Credits
30, Phytolacca 30
Hepar sulph
Photograph: one of my wonderful staff member’s new baby


Comments (53)

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  2. I can only find the Belladonna and Sulpher at my health food store. I can’t seem to find the Phytolacca. Would the Belladonna be fine to use even if my case is not as severe? It’s just a plugged duct.

  3. Thank you for this info!

    Since last Friday I have had a plugged milk duct the size of a large grape. I have tried everything that I can think of to get rid of it! I was wondering if these homiopathics would be helpful even if I don’t have mastitis yet?
    Is there anything else anyone can suggest for me to do?

    I have done massaging, nursing in a varity of positions, Vit. C, Cranberry Tablets, Raw garlic 3-4 times a day, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, cabbage leaves, grated pot, heat pad, loose tooth comb massage in shower, rest, water…what else is there?

    Please help!!!

  4. Thanks so much for the links to the transcripts at the top of the post. These are invaluable! Homeopathy is really weird when you first get into it, but when you see the deep healing that it can bring about, you become very enthusiastic about it!

  5. I would have *l-o-v-e-d* to have known about this when I was nursing my babies. I believe that the antibiotics I took for multiple bouts with Mastitis set me up for a systemic yeast problem that caused intense shooting pains in my breast. After asking doctors questions to which they said “ask a lactation consultant,” and then seeing a lactation consultant who knew only about yeast problems on outside of the breast, I was fortunate to find a protocol for chronic plugged ducts and mastitis at Dr. Jack Newman’s website. I followed the parts of his protocol that did not require a prescription, and followed anti-candida lifestyle changes. That combination was what finally helped. The cabbage leaves were good, but not enough on their own. I am so thankful that I was able to get through these difficult times and continue to nurse for as long as I chose. This was a few years ago, there was so little information out there that I could find that would help. I am glad for the younger moms out there that information like this is becoming more widely known.

  6. I suffer badly from blocked ducts. Doing simple lymphatic drainage massage on my breast area has helped. Also physiotherapists can use ultra sound therapy to help.

  7. Taking cranberry tablets heals breast infections. Cranberry breaks the bonds (pili) that attach E. coli to the breast membranes. Cranberry also works on other E.coli infections — infections of the bladder and E coli food poisoning.

  8. I enjoyed reading some of the different comments about what worked for different moms. I’ve had quite a few bouts of mastitis myself. I’ve found that if treated early, it is easy to improve. My favorite remedy is hot compresses of chamomile tea. Chamomile is a natural antibiotic, and does the trick for me. As already mentioned…. don’t stop nursing! If the breast remains full, it will just increase the pain.

  9. i also kicked a case in less than 24 hrs. with echinacea, mega dosing vit. c, and a bit of ibuprofen per midwife’s instructions. thank goodness, i’m allergic to antibiotics!

  10. I was very prone to mastitis.Try mixing 1 teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey with a cup of water. If you have mastitis, drink this mix 4 times a day and the mastitis will be gone in 24 hours. To prevent mastitis, consume one cup a day. It worked brilliantly for me.

  11. Yep! My midwife recommended Belladonna and Phytolacca along with echinacea/propolis tinctures and plenty of vit. c, garlic, and warm compresses. It worked great!

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  13. Swallow crushed garlic cloves through-out the day and rub peppermint oil on infected area. Works for me when I have a bout. Cut out sugar for a time.

  14. yes..i had a bit of a brest infection while and when i knew what it was, and that i got a fever (i had seen yer artical) so i whent to bed and coverd myself in blankets (which felt good cause i had chills & was tired) and when i woke up my fevor had broke. ha ha!

  15. Amy Frizzell Bodkin via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Or a hot boiled egg wrapped in a wet rag in your bra. The egg will stay hot for quite a while, and the warm moist heat helps unstoppable the blockage.

  16. I am a dairy farmer and these are some of the main remedies I use on my mamas…although I am an herbalist, I find homeopathics easier and cheaper to administer to the girls, and they are immediately and incredibly effective when I choose the correct remedy.

    I also find that they get fewer infections (of course) when they are well nourished, and find that regular use of probiotics seems to prevent such conditions from occuring in the first place.

  17. I had information expressing the roots of homeopathic is not one that you’d want to be involved in. That dr who study it for years will trash all of their literature after years of studying. I found this information after researching homeopathic. Does any one have any information that confirms or disregards this?

  18. Annemarie Scolari via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve used a mixture of goldenseal root and castor oil applied to the breast, wrapped saran wrap around it and applied a hot wet towel around it. That always helped. What seemed to be faster the last time I had it was marshmallow root and I took Oscillo to minimize the symptoms. Cabbage leaf works well to soothe the breast. Nurse, nurse, nurse.

  19. Great information! I have endured over 30 bouts with mastitis in my nursing career and dealt with all of them homeopathically. I more recently found out about echinacea’s great ability to help with mastitis and also use that now.

    Thanks, Joette!

  20. As someone else has mentioned, while cabbage leaves and parsley can work to clear up breast infections, they do also dry up your milk. So be cautious.

  21. This is fine, as long as your child isn’t dairy-sensitive. It has been hard to find lactose-free homeopathics. My youngest is too sensitive for me to use Hylands, etc.

    Erin, what EOs did you use?

    • joette calabrese April 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Contact Hahnemann Laboratories in California. They sell the remedies in alcohol. you can add 5 drops of alcohol to an ounce of water and use that instead.

  22. Amy Gault via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Echinacea tincture is another good remedy. Currently battling a bad case with my 19 month old. Homeopathic arnica has been helpful to me, too.

  23. I have healed myself from 4 breast infections over the course of nursing two boys. I used the above, hot compresses, extra garlic, broth, rest and Acupuncture. When I got a particularly bad case 4 days after my second was born I used fermented turmeric (in kraut) and it worked wonders! Lovely post and I hope more nursing moms realize the ability to heal with out turning to drugs right away.

  24. Calcium deficiency is sometimes a contributor to breast infections. Hot compresses can help (you can do this in the bath if you like). So can nursing the baby on the affected side.

    Echinacea is good, and also Vitamin C.

    There are also effective herbal treatments: make a tea (fomentation) of 3 parts mullein and one part lobelia, and apply as a compress, cover with plastic and leave on. Comfrey poultices can work, too.

    These infections are no fun. And I agree with the author, you CAN treat yourself!

  25. Michelle Curtis via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I would appreciate if you could add a note to your post. Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) usually presents as mastitis. This is a very fast spreading aggressive cancer. My friends, Jennifer Starr-Reivitt and Ginny Mason, can share their stories and I am sure they would be happy to. My mother actually died from IBC 10 years ago. You can learn more at Thank you.

  26. I’m hoping not to develop a case this time around because all the home remedies that I tried didn’t work out for me in the past (twice) & after 4 days of feeling like death, my husband forced me to the ER to get antibiotics. I am glad to hear that it does work for some people though :)

    • joette calabrese April 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Home remedies are not what i’m advocating here. I’m talking about homeopathy… a solid, data and evidence based medicine used in hospitals from around the world by millions of of people.

  27. This is such valuable information! But I have managed to recover from numerous bouts of mastitis using hot compresses with Epsom salt and Young Living essential oils

    • Hello Erin,
      I recently got over my first bout of mastitis, using hot compresses, massage, nursing, pumping, and YL EOs as well. I used ImmuPower and lavender (applied topically) and Thieves (in a capsule). Which oils did you use? I am fairly new to YL and I want to learn all I can! Thanks!

  28. Megan Schneider via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I don’t think you need to be concerned about losing your milk if your still nursing/expressing…at least I never had any issues with supply using cabbage leaves/parsley.

  29. Have you treated yourself with homeopathic remedies for mastitis? Homeopathic remedies never worked for me, maybe they are just good for certain conditions/situations??? I like what I read about them, but in practice they seem to be just bogus…

    • joette calabrese April 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Homeopathy always works…as long a s the correct remedy is chosen. And that’s the hard part; finding just the right remedy specific to the person, potency and frequency . Don’t give up.

  30. Deborah De Block via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Oh! Im so glad you posted this! Im about to read it. Im going through my third case of mastitis breastfeeding my 3 month old second child. I took antibiotics, resentfully, with the second case. I wasnt able to breastfeed my first child much due to poor diet and stress so all this is new to me.

    • Also try to position baby’s tongue as close as possible to location of the infection, for me it was the reddest and tender spot. The strongest suction occurs on baby’s tongue side and that helps empty the infected milk ducts. When I did it I could feel a bit of extra pain which told me the milk was travelling through those ducts – good news!

  31. Megan Schneider via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I also had great success using bruised and boiled fresh parsley and or cabbage leaves applied warm wrapped in a warm damp wash cloth. Never had to go on antibiotics for it!

  32. Mary MacDonald via Facebook April 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

    A friend’s OB/GYN told her to tuck cabbage leaves into her bra. She tried it, and the problem resolved quickly.

  33. How timely, and wonderful information!

    I’m currently suffering from a sudden onset of a bout with mastitis. I’m nursing a 19 month old who is cutting molars. I do not have the other homeopathics, yet, but I do have arnica 30C, and that has helped a lot. This is in addition to taking echinacea tincture dosed at 1 drop per 2 pounds bodyweight, every 4 hours while symptoms are severe and tapering down to twice a day until everything clears up.


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