Problems - Mastits
deciding to breastfeed anticipate that it will be a wonderful bonding
experience for her and her baby. Nursing mothers all know that breast
is best but what does she do about a case of mastitis?
There are many warning signs and indicate that you may be coming
down with mastitis.
An area on the breast becomes sore and red. The site of the clogged
duct develops a very pronounced red spot which is extremely painful
to the touch and holding or carrying your baby on this side may
become unbearable. You may also see or feel a lump.
You may experience pain during nursing sessions. This may begin
as a tingling sensation in the nipple. If there is no pain while
the baby is nursing on that side, it does not mean that you don't
in fact have mastitis.
Development of flu-like symptoms. You may experience a fever along
with chills and body aches. Exhaustion is another common side effect.
Many women report not even being able to get out of bed.
to do if you suspect mastitis At the first signs of developing mastitis:
1) Get into bed and rest! Even if you can just sit quietly for a
few hours without doing anything such as housework or taking care
of other children or family members, you'll benefit.
Apply warm compresses to the site of the clogged duct. Take a hot
shower or even lower your breast into a bowl or pot filled with
warm water and soak for a few minutes, several times an hour.
Nurse, nurse, nurse! Try to nurse the baby on the side of the clogged
duct as often and as long as possible to work out the clog. Massaging
the breast while the baby suckles may also help.
Remedies such as echinachea and vitamin C can be taken. Antibiotics
may be prescribed by a physician or midwife as well.
to avoid mastitis
starts out as a plugged duct and develops into an infection. In
order to avoid your ducts becoming clogged in the first place, it
is a good idea not to constrict your milk ducts with underwire bras
or tight fitting clothing. Try not to sleep on your stomach as this
may also lead to a plugged duct. Avoid supplementing with bottles
because this may lead to an overproduction of breast milk. When
a feeding is missed, breasts may become engorged and ducts can get
plugged up. Breast compression or breast massage before latching
is also a helpful tool to avoiding clogged ducts all together.
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