Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cabbage: A new use

I'm skipping this week's challenge (because honestly, I don't really care about cabbage...sorry Jillian). However, I wanted to share with you a non-edible use for cabbage.

Bear with me, because it sounds like an old wives' tale, but it's not. This can be found on WebMD, in books published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and my mom can vouch for it. :)

Okay, I know that all of us on here are women, and while I don't know all of you, I'm guessing many (if not most) are also mothers. Have you ever breastfed? Have you ever been engorged? Did you know that applying cabbage leaves to your breast can help ease the pain of engorgement? It's true.

Green cabbage is generally recommended over red, but that's just to prevent staining. If you leave it on too long, your milk supply can go away completely (which is okay if you're weaning, but not if you're just trying to relieve pain that comes in the first few weeks).

I haven't used this remedy myself, but if you want to read more about it, click here: Cabbage Leaves and Engorgement


Scott and Jillian said...

that's it-you're kicked out! Just kiddin'. You're totally fine.

Sal-my-gal said...

This is funny! I too am bowing out of this challenge since I am a nursing mother and don't want the side effects that cabbage would bring to my little one. I heard pineapple juice works as well. I haven't done my research, but I tried it once and it seemed to work : )

Janelle said...

@Sal...I haven't actually read anything that says that eating cabbage will effect your milk supply. Everything I've read discusses external application of the leaves. I may actually have to go buy some in the next 10 days.