Castor Oil Compress

This is used to clear a plugged duct or to relieve the symptoms of mastitis.

Supplies needed:
-washcloth or wool flannel (available at health food store)
-castor oil suitable for compresses (available at health food store)
-plastic wrap
-Heating pad or hot water bottle

Start with a very warm, wet washcloth or flannel. Pour a small amount of castor-oil onto the cloth and place over affected breast. Cover the compress with something waterproof, such as plastic wrap and then apply a hot water bottle or a heating pad set to a comfortable temperature. Leave on for 20 minutes and then breastfeed or express milk.  Rinse any residual oil off of breast before feeding or expressing milk.

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