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    Default Possible mastitis?

    I have noticed a red warm splotchy area on my breast. I think it might have been there all day.
    Ive also had a headache all day that panadol hasnt gotten rid of.
    My breasts were extremely engorged yesterday/night due to non stop feeding the day before.
    I suspect mastitis but have never had it before. Is it to late to treat with heat & rest? Should i head to the docs? I really hate antibiotics and would rather avoid them.
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    I'd be inclined to go to the dr.

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    Try a warm shower and massage it heaps. Feed off that side more often and apply a wheat pack. See how it is tomorrow. If its worse see a doc.

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    Do you have a temperature? Milk stasis can make you feel fluey, without being mastitis. Make sure that boob is completely empty. Try gentle massage and perhaps some ibuprofen. Rest, rest, rest and feed off that side first. You only really need to ask about antibiotics if it is rapidly getting worse or failing to improve after a day or so. Studies have shown that a good probiotic is more effective and quicker than antibiotics. Often inappropriate antibiotics are prescribed anyway. Many women swear by castor oil compresses, although its not evidence based.
    http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/12/1551.full
    http://www.milkworks.org/images/stor...s_mastitis.pdf

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    It could be the start of mastitis. I always get the red mark before symptoms start. But the high temps and flues symptoms are there within a couple of hours. Ensure you empty the breast and try bub in different feeding positions. I would definitely see your dr and even if you don't need the antibiotics right now it wouldn't hurt to have them readily available if needed.

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    Go the docs - mastitis is bloody horrid to have x

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    Thanks ladies im waiting at the after hours clinic now. Feel like im going down hill really fast. Feel hot, achy & head is pounding
    Cant believe how hard breastfeeding is this time round

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    Quote Originally Posted by bressar View Post
    Thanks ladies im waiting at the after hours clinic now. Feel like im going down hill really fast. Feel hot, achy & head is pounding
    Cant believe how hard breastfeeding is this time round
    It's a tough gig

    Hope you are well soon

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    I hope the dr helped! I got mastitis when in hospital with DS, and they gave me antibiotics straight away. I'm so thankful for that because just the few hours of symptoms (hot/cold/tired/sweating/freezing/fluey)was enough for me! So when I felt like I was about to get it when DS was 16mnths, straight to the doctors I went for the medicine - thankfully managed to knock it on the head within a day or so.

    I truly hope you're feeling so so much better x


 

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