My son is 8 days old, three days into feeding him, I became very engorged, making it difficult for him to latch on properly. I decided to pump a few times to get some relief, I pumped every four hours and got about 5oz from each breast, once they felt better I resumed nursing my son. My right breast began to hurt pretty badly two nights ago, I woke up to feed, and I had the chills, achy body, felt exhausted, had a fever. In the morning I could not latch him without crying. I called my dr, and she put me on antibiotics for mastitis. I have taken four so far, fever, chills, and aches are gone but my breast is still incredibly sore and painful, I started to pump today, twice so far, every 3-4 hours and bottle feed my son with the milk.... I don't want to give up but this is making it so difficult to continue. Any advice? I was told warm compresses and to try to rub a clugged duct out, my breast feels a little better but now the pain is completely in my nipple and areola, does that mean I almost got it out? Or just that it's sore from cracks and scabs?
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02-09-2014 07:10 #1
Mastitis, any advice is welcomed and appreciated!
02-09-2014 07:18 #2
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02-09-2014 07:23 #3
02-09-2014 07:28 #4
You poor thing. Mastitis is the pits. I've never had it but I've looked after women who have had it and it's just miserable. So this is what I'm suggesting:
- continue to express/feed from your breasts. The only way to fix it is to clear the blockages.
- use a warm/hot compress or shower prior to every feed or express. This helps to relax everything and allow the milk to flow better.
- use a cold compress immediately after a feed. What we use is clean nappies filled with water and frozen. I recommend you have 4 in the freezer so you can rotate them around.
- if you have any lumps that you can feel, massage them out towards the nipple. This will help clear the blockages.
- if it is not improving on the antibiotics, see your GP again. Some women require IV antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
- you say it could be some cracking on the nipple that's making it sore. The ice packs will help with comfort, but I've also heard many women say the hydrogel breast discs work wonders on damaged nipples. Perhaps someone else can go into more detail.
- if you have access to a lactation consultant through an outpatient service at your hospital or locally, get in contact with them. They can help you. Also the ABA have their 24hr contact number if you wanted to talk to someone about it.
02-09-2014 07:29 #5
Oh hun is so nasty to get mastitis early on.
The best thing you can do is feed Bub off the infected boob.
I used to use a warmed dolmio bottle to run down my boob to help move the milk and ease the pain.
If your nipple is sore and cracked I would recommend lansinoh half an hour before every feed and again after the feed.
Most lanolin creams are hard to spread but lansinoh melts on.
I'm on here every day if you want to pm me. I have been there a few times.
Your doing great hun.
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02-09-2014 07:41 #6
Go to a Physio who specialises in women's health.
They can use an ultrasound and massage to break up the lumps. Hurts, but there is instant relief.
I only needed one session and that combined with antibiotics cleared it up nicely.
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02-09-2014 07:55 #8
I know I should feed him on that breast but just the thought of putting him on it again makes my eyes water, not only because of the pain, but I'm also frightened that he is going to sense how I feel, and I do
Not want our feedings to be stressful. Once my nipple heals I will gladly put him back on. I have no problems with the other. My consultant said that I have a high supply of milk, and he can't drain me properly because he doesn't need that much, once I have a handle on the infection and my nipples I will have to pump after I feed I think to completely get the milk out?
02-09-2014 08:05 #9
I found working the lumps out in the shower worked best and of course dd taking that breast and putting her chin were they were to work them out. I had split bleeding cracked nipples and found the hydrocele nipple discs fantastic, it turned out she had a tongue tie which didn't help it, I pumped out of the infected breast for two days but nothing other then dd got rid of the mastitis. Good luck it's horrible!
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02-09-2014 08:44 #10
I looked after a woman who had such bad mastitis we would have to attach the baby for her so she could use her hands to grip onto pillows/bed rails/blankets etc because the pain was so bad. Within a day or 2 of regular feeding and IV antibiotics she was feeling loads better.
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