Why Exactly Does Cabbage Help Dry Up Your Milk?

There are so many things to worry about after pregnancy, and engorgement is one of them. It happens when you're making more milk than you're expressing, and makes your breasts swollen, leaky, and extremely uncomfortable.

No matter where you are on your breastfeeding path, cabbage can help you feel much more comfortable. While touted as an "old wives tale" for centuries, we've learned that it can and does help so many women relieve the pressure and support an optimal experience. 

Why Does Cabbage Help Dry Up Your Milk?

The exact reason that cabbage helps with breast engorgement is unknown. There just haven't been enough studies done on its properties and how they relate to reducing swelling and milk production. However, the studies that have been done seem to agree that cabbage contains something that makes it helpful when it comes to the discomfort caused by an oversupply of breast milk. The leafy green is quite healthy, containing vitamin C, vitamin B-12, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals. It's also high in sulfur, which is widely used as an anti-inflammatory.

When To Use Cabbage for Breast Engorgement

You can use cabbage anytime your breasts feel engorged. Because CaboCreme contains natural cabbage extract, you can feel confident putting it on as needed. Keep in mind that the more you use cabbage extract on your breasts, the lower your milk supply will become. If you're a person weaning their child off of breast milk may want to use CaboCreme during the feeding times they're skipping, as their baby won't need milk at these times anymore.

If you aren't nursing, you can apply CaboCreme right away to start drying up your milk supply. This can limit how long you'll experience engorged breasts, and some mothers may prevent lactation from occurring at all.

How To Use Cabbage for Breast Engorgement

CaboCreme is made with a natural cabbage extract, grapeseed oil, and cucumber extract, along with some of the ingredients found in lotions to make it easy to spread. Here are the steps you can use to apply the cream to your engorged breasts:

  • Place a small amount of cream on your fingers.
  • Gently massage the cream into your sore breast, avoiding the nipple.
  • Leave the cream to absorb into your breast and relieve pressure.

It's not necessary to wash the cream off after applying it, as it doesn't go on your nipple; therefore, the baby won't be ingesting any. If you feel more comfortable washing your breast before nursing, this is also fine. If you want to produce milk, only use CaboCreme if they're dropping feeding times or experiencing an oversupply during the early days of nursing.

Cabbage and breast engorgement go hand in hand, so don't let this painful side effect of motherhood stop you from enjoying your baby.

With CaboCreme, you can reduce your milk supply as needed to enjoy a happier, healthier newborn experience. We also offer a double-strength tube of CaboCreme for those who have a larger area to cover or need to suppress very high milk production.