Sore boobs got you down? We women really get the short end of the stick sometimes. Sore breasts afflict us during pregnancy, menstruation, and of course breastfeeding all for different reasons that lead back to our friends, the female hormones. The last few weeks of my pregnancy have been wonderful. No nausea, my energy levels are back, and I am drinking my favourite teas again, then whammy! My boobs swell like balloons and I swear they are trying to grow a cup size (or two) overnight. I'm sure my husband is pleased as punch, but it's definitely not a comfortable situation for me.
I know every one of you has experienced this at some point (if not often) and a few tips to regain comfort in the breasteses is just what you (and I) need. I did some research and found that Sally Fallon had some great and some incredibly weird advice that I plan to put to good use.
1. Tie a handful of fresh or dried parsley leaves in a clean cotton cloth. Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes in hot water. Use the warm bundle on the boobular area as a compress or directly apply the hot herbs as a poultice. (common sense note - test for temperature before applying so you don't burn your assets)
2. Grate a raw potato and apply directly to the "ladies", cover with clean cloth. When dry, replace with fresh grated potato. Apparently this can help draw out the heat of inflammation. (Note this is the weird part I was talking about, but hey, it doesn't hurt to try!)
3. Simply soak the girls in a sinkful of warm water (or be more comfortable and have a warm bath), you can apply some massage therapy during the soak to help relieve any discomfort.
4. We can't forget Calendula oil - the absolute best oil for reducing inflammation and soothing the skin. All you do is rub a bit of the oil on your breasts whenever you have any pain, tenderness, or sensitivity.
Sally recommends short applications consistently and frequently throughout the day for best results from all 4 tips.
I also have a few dietary recommendations of my own.
1. Ensure you are getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet to reduce bodily inflammation. Best sources: wild sustainably caught salmon, scallops, sardines, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, cauliflower, and cabbage. You can also take a fish oil supplement. I highly recommend the high nutrient content fermented cod liver oil by Green Pastures (it comes in capsules as well). In my opinion this is one of the best fish oil supplements on the market, this is a must for your pregnancy diet and breastfeeding diet. It tastes terrible, so if you can't stomach a liquid go for the capsule form.
2. Avoid foods high in simple sugars like cane sugar, beet sugar, and high fructoses corn syrup which can cause water retention and bloating, leading to increased breast tenderness. If that sweet tooth is itching to be soothed, have fruit and berries on hand to curb cravings.
3. Drink lots of clean good quality water. Enough said!
4. Do your best to eat a colourful whole foods diet focusing on fresh vegetables/fruit, whole grains, and good quality meats.
So my MOMMY-NESS friends, what we've learned today is a little booby love may be just what you need when the "girls" are being bad.
I haven't had a chance to try all the techniques listed. Please let us know if they worked for you by commenting below. I can assure you a warm bath, calendula oil, and a good diet seem to do the trick for me, but I plan on trying it all.
Love and Happiness,
Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist