anonymous said:Its mostly around/when I have my period but do you have any suggestions for reducing breast pain? , I have rather small breasts yet the pain can be rather uncomfortable to endure.
Yes! Breast/chest pain. Ow. I’m going to plagerize myself a little here since this was in a previous post, but I think you’ll appreciate the info!
The reason why your chest/breasts hurt is because they are exposed to hormones that are saying “GET READY TO BREASTFEED WE’RE GONNA GET PREGNANT.” This happens every month :-/
What to do?
- In general, decrease sugar and animal protein in your diet. Switch oils to high quality oils, so that means no deep fried things, using olive, walnut, or coconut oil instead of canola/vegetable oils.
- Try taking Evening Primrose Oil. The research results for EPO is mixed, but many providers that I have worked with feel that at least anecdotally it is very helpful. I would consider Omeca Woman by Nordic Naturals and take it as indicated on the bottle.
- Take a Vitamin E supplement. Try 600units every day for at least 3 months, see if it makes a difference.
- Increase the water that you drink.
- No caffeine, no alcohol.
- Increase iodine in your diet – check to see if your vitamins include iodine and if not add some seaweed to your diet.
But what about when they hurt RIGHT NOW?
- Alternate between 15 minutes of ice on your breasts and 15 minutes of heat.
- Buy a fresh green cabbage and put it in the fridge. When cold, pull leaves off gently and crush veins in the leaves with a rolling pin type object. Cover both breasts in leaves – making sure to cover all swollen/tender breast tissue, including under the armpits if necessary. You can cover with a bra/camisole with or without extra ice packs on top of the cabbage leaves. Wear 20-30 min or until the leaves become limp. Reapply with new leaves 3-4 times in 24 hours, or consistently until you get relief. Pro tip: use cabbage leaves for any swelling – just had dental work? Swollen ankle? Surgery? Cabbage!
- Take Ibuprofen or another NSAID to reduce inflammation.
Really, give it a shot. Try out the diet change for 2 months, challenge yourself for just that, and see if it makes a difference. If not, go back to what you were doing before and try something else. Good luck!