Cool cabbage leaves are recommended for nursing mothers who suffer from breast engorgement.
The outer green leaves of white cabbage are washed, dried and put in the fridge to cool. When required the leaves are crushed in the hands and laid on the breast, covering the entire breast completely. Wearing a bra over the cabbage leaves will keep them in place. The leaves should be changed every two hours, or when the leaves are wilted. Continue to use the cabbage leaves until the breasts are soft enough to nurse comfortably.
The Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia recommends laying the outer green cabbage leaves on engorged breasts of nursing mothers. Green cabbage leaves relieve engorgement, sometimes within 30 minutes.