November 2011 Moms

Cabbage for sore nipples?

My father of all people told me that putting cabbage leaves in your bra helps relieve the pain from breast feeding.  Anyone ever hear of this?

If it really worked, would you do this and just have nipples that smelled like cabbage?

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Re: Cabbage for sore nipples?

  • Well your father is semi correct...you can put cabbage in your bra to help relieve your pain when you are trying to dry up.  If you plan on breastfeeding I would not do this as something in the cabbage is supposed to cause your breast milk to dry up.  However if you plan on formula feeding and want some relief from the pain...because it is painful then yes you can do it.

    I put cabbage in my bra when we switched over to formula when DS was 6 months old.  You put cabbage in the freezer or fridge to get it cold.  Then poke holes in it.  Finally put it between your breast and a super tight sports bra. 

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  • it only works if you're irish and mix it with potatoes and corned beef...good luck!
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  • We're not Irish, but my husband is German...maybe I could do this and make sauerkraut out of the leaves I don't stuff down my bra.
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    We're not Irish, but my husband is German...maybe I could do this and make sauerkraut out of the leaves I don't stuff down my bra.
  • I have heard of this too as a method of drying up milk supply.  It does help with the pain of full breasts caused by the milk not being expelled, but it is because it is eliminating the supply.
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  • Cabbage dries up your milk!! I wouldn't suggest using that unless you want to STOP breastfeeding.
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  • image Sarahbear621:

    Well your father is semi correct...you can put cabbage in your bra to help relieve your pain when you are trying to dry up.  If you plan on breastfeeding I would not do this as something in the cabbage is supposed to cause your breast milk to dry up.  However if you plan on formula feeding and want some relief from the pain...because it is painful then yes you can do it.

    I put cabbage in my bra when we switched over to formula when DS was 6 months old.  You put cabbage in the freezer or fridge to get it cold.  Then poke holes in it.  Finally put it between your breast and a super tight sports bra. 

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    Cabbage does relieve pain and swelling and can even be used for pregnancy edema, but if you want to keep your supply save this tip for when you're weaning

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  • My friend did this b/c she did not want to B/F. It dried her out so like PP only do it if you are not going to be BF.
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