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VOLUME 12 , ISSUE 2 ( April-June, 2019 ) > List of Articles


Cabbage Leaves: An Intervention for Breast Engorgement

Panneerselvam Rajaveni

Keywords : Breast engorgement, Cabbage leaves, Intervention

Citation Information : Rajaveni P. Cabbage Leaves: An Intervention for Breast Engorgement. 2019; 12 (2):54-55.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10084-12119

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Motherhood is the only act that manifests in human forms the cosmic wonder of creation. Many mothers are seeking unique bonding experiences between them and their infants through breastfeeding. Breast engorgement is a painful and unpleasant condition that affects large numbers of women in the early postnatal period. About 72–85% of women are affected with breast engorgement. In India, 20% of primipara mothers are affected. Over the years, numerous strategies have been employed for the treatment of this problem such as kangaroo mother care, application of cabbage leaves, hot and cold compresses, and gentle breast massage. Cabbage leaves have both anti-irritant and antibiotic properties, which help in dilating local blood capillaries, promoting the blood supply to the breast tissues, improving milk ejection, and alleviating engorgement symptoms.

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