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Mastitis help? You'd think with a 20 month old and being pregnant my biggest breast issue would be drying up. It's coming on pretty fast and I'm already pretty miserable. Suggestions? The last two times I just rode it out at home. I wasn't pregnant then though. I avoid antibiotics like the plague when not pregnant so that's not an option at this point. Thanks for whatever you've got to offer to help. At least my husband is home for the next week and a half...
__________________ Lisa: ~~ wife of 14 years to Mica ~~ Mommy to lots of kitties. We're progressive, Pagan, and can't wait to practice attached, gentle parenting to our little GIRL who is due March 1st!
Ouch. I had it with DS but was rushed to the hospital because i had no idea what it was and they gave me antibiotics there. It is so very painful. Wish i knew of some natural remedies but i didnt get a chance to try any. Hope you find relief soon.
Well, you should understand the difference between mastitis and a plugged duct. Do you know which you're dealing with? Plugged ducts can lead to mastitis if they don't get unplugged, but the 2 are not the same.
Mastitis is when there is a patch of pink skin on your breast (sometimes it's underneath so you might have to do some lifting and looking in the mirror to find out), a FEVER, and flu-like symptoms. You will start feeling very sick, and sometimes you feel like you're "getting the flu" before you even realize you're having a problem with your breast.
If you do have a fever, it's very important that you take antibiotics because mastitis can escalate quickly (like in hours) to a VERY high fever, which would be dangerous for baby and you... not to mention miserable. Your OB will definitely give you antibiotics that are safe while pregnant.
If you have no fever, but only a painful lump (or lumps) in the breast, then you can wait it out and try to get rid of it stat so you don't develop mastitis. The way you do that is nurse like crazy on that breast, keep it as empty as you can, take a HOT shower a few times a day and rub downward on the lump for several minutes (preferably while you're expressing milk by hand) as if you're trying to work out the clogged milk (which is exactly what you're doing). If you catch it before the infection sets in and keep working on it, never letting it get full, you should be able to get a handle on it.
Like I said, if you truly have or get mastitis (you get a fever), it would be a very bad idea to not see a doctor and get antibiotics right away. Your OB will see you for that and if you tell them you have a fever, a red patch on your breast, etc they will probably get you in that day. It's not something to mess around with.
If you start feeling sick while the duct is still plugged, you should suspect mastitis and check for a red patch or streaks on your breast.
I've had mastitis 4 times, in case you couldn't tell. Doh. I'm prone to getting plugged ducts because I produce way too much milk for a while after I have a baby. Mastitis is not fun and your fever can get high quickly if, for instance, you have a plugged duct and you don't nurse for 5 hours at night. So be careful until you get it unplugged.
It's not red but out is painful and hard to the touch. Feels exactly like the last two times though I never went to the doctor for it. I have always gotten pretty high temps when I get sick in general so they don't really freak me out much. I don't know. Sensitive skin, had the chills and achey so took a hot shower and been having him nurse as much as I can get him to on that side. Having a smoothie for dinner because the thought of anything else makes me feel sick. Husband is getting epsom salts for the bath hoping it helps the aching. Watching my fever... I don't know... ugh...
Fever down quite a bit, got some protein down. Broke down and took tylenol for my head. All considered I think I'm on track for hopefully this not lasting too long. Still super store all over and some fever but manageable. I think the fact that I could feel things potentially going bad and being proactive has helped. I'm actually really surprised I don't feel worse Doing absolutely nothing until I feel better and then some just to be safe. Thanks for the well wishes everyone