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    Default Baby refusing to feed on mastitis infected breast

    Hello there fellow milk-makers!

    I've been diagnosed with low-grade mastitis (I feel dreadful, so I'd hate to have a bad case!) on my left breast. I was feeling off colour all week but the breast pain only really started on Sunday. Since the breast pain and swelling started on my left breast my DD5mnths is very reluctant to feed on that side. She will start sucking and then pull off. I keep putting her on there anyways just to make sure my supply is maintained on that side and am expressing to relieve the engorgement, and letdown and supply on that side seem fine. But it made me wonder if perhaps the mastitis is making the milk taste different on that side??? She's feeding normally on my right side and has never really favoured a side before. Has anyone else experienced something similar??

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    I have no advice, just have to offer gentle for you and your boob. Mastitis is bloody awful! It may well be the taste but some bubs also do develop a preference for a certain side. The ABA could offer some help. I hope you're feeling better soon.

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    Argh mastitis is the WORST!
    I was told the milk can taste salty as the ducts are unblocking. My DS was the same and favored the other side, so much so that it felt like an empty sock compared to my rock hard implant looking mastitis boob.
    Hang in there, always offer that side first at a feed. I was told to pump after the feed for at least 5 minutes (even if he had a good feed) to unblock the ducts. I also had to massage ice cubes on my breast before and after the feed to reduce swelling. Are you on antibiotics? Get lots of rest, let the house go feral until you're better.
    Hope you feel better soon!

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    Thanks ladies I have been on antibiotics since Sunday arvo and even after 24 hours felt a HUGE improvement!!! Before that my head felt all fuzzy and I was a bit delirious having giggling fits and mixing up my words and felt hot and sweaty ALL THE TIME even after a cold shower! I think it must be the mastitis as it seems like too great of a coincidence that she just happened to start favouring the right side as soon as I contracted it. Even now just being on antibiotics for the last couple of days last night she started feeding on the infected side so perhaps it's clearing up - thank god!!!

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    Great news!

    Ew, mastitis is AWFUL! Such an evil condition

    Good to know that you're feeling better!


 

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