Breastfeeding Holistic Health Thrive

EO Quick Guide – Breastfeeding

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Written by Jessika Firmage

| Amy Jane Stewart, LMT, Certified Holistic Armoatherapist

Regular application of undiluted essential oils is not advised on any part of the body. The regular, daily use of essential oils via different routes is not advised. The choice of essential oils used should be limited to those with a low history of toxicity. Hydrolats (floral waters), fixed oils and infused oils can often substitute essential oil use. Unless an essential oil is applied directly to the breast, the levels of components in the breast milk are likely to be extremely low. If application is essential, the best time to apply is immediately after feeding to allow for levels in the breast milk to be at their lowest the next time the baby feeds. Care must be made to avoid ingestion of traces of essential oil left on the breast. Avoid any essential oil application to the breasts in the first few days following birth. Avoid internal doses of essential oils while breast-feeding.

Infused Oils & Carrier Oils for Sore/Cracked Nipples

– Baobab (Adansonia digitata)

– Calendula (Calendula officinalis

– Jojoba (Simmondsia sinensis)

– Rosehip seed (Rosa mosqueta)

– Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii)

– Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum)

Floral Waters (Hydrolats) for breast engorgement and discomfort

– Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

– Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

– Rose (Rosa damascena)

– Sage (Salvia officinalis)

– Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

About the author

Jessika Firmage