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    Default Will using Cabbage Leaves work?

    I've read about using cabbage in your bra to help with engorgement, but my Dr told me today when I called to see if his office had any tips (that you ladies hadn't already mentioned) and he said their LC suggests cabbage leaves for clogged ducts. He said only put him in for a few minutes at a time b/c they will dry up your milk is that true?
    And if I try it, do I cook them or just use them straight from the store?


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    Default Re: Will using Cabbage Leaves work?

    You do it raw. They are soothing if they are cold, too. I put the cabbage in the fridge, pulled off the outer leaves, crunched them a bit, and stuck them in my bra. You have a plugged duct, right? So you could just put it on the part that's engorged or hurting.

    I don't know about whether they will dry you up permanently I thought they only worked while they were in there but I'm not sure. I used them when I got engorged when I stopped nursing D so I wasn't worried about it. It did work right away to ease the pain and relieve engorgement though.
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    It mighthelp! It's worth a shot, sorry you're miserable. I woudln't worry about the impact on your supply at this point. Here is a lot of good info on cabbage compresses.
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    Default Re: Will using Cabbage Leaves work?

    Molly B has a good suggestion, and I think its lecithin??? You should pm her!

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    Default Re: Will using Cabbage Leaves work?

    oh yes thank you Erin, Lisa told me about that but I forgot! I will pick some up tonight!!
    Thank you ladies!


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    Default Re: Will using Cabbage Leaves work?

    cabbage leaves work, only too well.

    You take a cold leaf off the cabbage, roll over it with a rolling pin or glass and break up the ribs a bit and then put it on your breast. It feels heavenly BUT if you leave it on after it starts to wilt it WILL cut your supply down dramaticly. I have no idea why but it happened to me and I never got the left side to produce much after which sucked b/c that was my big producer.

    So only leave it in for a minute and then put in a fresh one.
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    thank you!!
    And I just have to say, you are right Jen, they really did work! I can't believe it! not even 24 hours later and I feel 100% better, and I didn't work as hard to relieve the pressure as I did a few weeks ago when this happened and it took 4 days to feel better.
    Hopefully my supply didnt suffer too badly, of course it was the side that was my main producer...fingers crossed.
    Thank you, and I picked up some soy lecithin last night too


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    I heard that soy lecithin works well...
    any breast pain at all is a good excuse to slow down and take care of yourself.
    Rest is very important part of recovery thats for sure.

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    Caution! Cabbage leaves WILL dry up a supply completely if left on too long. I am glad it worked to relieve your engorgement but of anyone else reads this thread, I want them to proceed with caution!

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    Default Re: Will using Cabbage Leaves work?

    Do you know why it affects your supply? The Dr I spoke to yesterday didn't know the reason why just that he was passing along info from a LC, but I"m really curious. I believe it, I've always heard about woman using it when they want to dry up their milk at birth


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