Well, this is the weirdest blog post I have written to date. I don’t usually write things that are quite so personal, but I felt like I needed to write it because the information available on breast abscesses is pretty limited. Actually, it was really frustrating because it took a lot of research to figure out what the stupid abscesses even were.
Everyone is different, and so their health issues are going to be different too. Right now I’m 14 weeks pregnant and I’ve actually had these tiny little abscesses a while, at least several months. I never really thought anything of it until I got pregnant and the harmless looking bumps inside my aerola got darker and started having a whiteish discharge and got a little larger.
Some women have crazy huge abscesses, like on Kelly Mom where one mom had the size of an orange. My story is nothing like that. She required things like lancing and I didn’t need anything like that.
So, when I discovered what they really were I looked all over for a cure and found some essential oil recipes, but they were for general abscesses and I am being very careful about the oils I use since I’m pregnant, so I decided to try something else I knew would help with infections in general without having any effect on the health of my areolas.
Why I use coconut oil
My abscesses were open, but not green, red and streaky or showing signs of infection. If that been the case I would have just gone to see my doctor, especially if I was nursing a little person. I also like the coconut oil because it’s safe to use during pregnancy and I don’t have to worry about it affecting baby adversely. I also wanted something that I could test in case the abscesses came back when I was nursing that I knew would be safe. The coconut oil is not only safe, but it’s actually good for baby!
What I did
I used a plain coconut oil salve and applied it to my affected nipple two or three times a day and avoided washing the area with any dyed or perfumed soaps, like when I was breastfeeding I used plain water and washed them by hand. Laugh if you will, but I actually used the new breast pads I got from Mother’s Lounge to keep my bras from getting all coconut oil-y.
As unpleasant as it was, I really didn’t feel like having to go to the doctor for it, so I decided to start taking raw garlic. Blech. I just got over a yeast infection not too long ago, so I figured that my system just needed a boost in general. Just, yuck. It was horrible, but I’m happy to report that it worked!
I think my nipples were a little dry, because the next day after applying the coconut oil mix the abscesses had closed up.
The bumps were still there, so I kept applying the coconut oil for another 6 days. They were almost completely healed, but then I stopped using the oil and almost immediately. My advice is that if it’s helping, continue until it’s fully healed. Don’t be lazy like me and quit once they’re mostly better. Once I had actually applied it for another full week they were completely healed! Yay!
Do you know of any other natural remedies for abscesses?