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Avoid mastitis if you can

post #1 of 11
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It's horrible, really. : I didn't know I had it until I got a fever today, and that clued me in that something was wrong. I just thought everyone's breasts hurt like hell, even when the baby's 10 days old. Fortunately, the midwife was understanding and called the nearest pharmacy for me. Now I'm on an antibiotic, vicadin, and she wanted me to take diflucan (to prevent a yeast infection). She said I need to hit this asap before it gets worse, and that I should feel a lot better by Wednesday. Also, that I need to nurse Elizabeth as much as I can, and when she's done, use a pump to drain my breasts after each feeding. (That takes forever.)

So... I'm not sure how to prevent it b/c I fed Elizabeth as soon as she wanted it, and often, and I still got it... but if you can do something to save yourself, do it! :

~ Amber
post #2 of 11
I'm so sorry that you're dealing with this!!! I really hope that you'll recover quickly!!! Take care of yourself and get lots of rest.
post #3 of 11
I got mastitis after my first plugged duct. After the fever started I had to get antibiotics. I refused the Diflucan and just took lots of probiotics, but then again I've never had a yeast infection so I just knew I wouldn't get one.
At the first sign of any problem I now take the homeopathic remedy phytolacca decandra and it works like a charm. Some of us are just prone to these problems I think. Stress can bring it on for me also.
post #4 of 11
On mama, this has been a rough run for you! I hope you are feeling better very soon!
post #5 of 11
YUCK! I had mastitis with DS1-I know how miserable you must be!!! Please take care and I hope you're feeling better soon.

PS: Regular ol' Tylenol helped me with the aches and pains...
post #6 of 11
I actually had THREE episodes of mastitis with ds last time and it is horrible so I feel for you. Glad you have gotten the antibiotics - you should feel better soon.

The key as you know is keeping the ducts from plugging, which is partly about nursing on demand as you have been but also about making sure you are getting a good latch so your dc nurses efficiently. Latch problems turned out to be the cause of our repeated infections.

I was so convinced that we were latching correctly - it looked right to me, and ds was gaining well getting plenty of milk - but I was wrong. Finally went to LLL to find out why I was having so much trouble with plugs and infections and excrutiating sore nipples (even 8-10 weeks in!) and learned that ds was not opening his mouth wide enough. Once we addressed this, nursing got 100% better within days - no more sore nipples, no more mastitis.

Just wanted to suggest getting an LC or LLL leader to check out your dc's latch for you if you can - just to make sure this isn't an issue for you.
post #7 of 11
Megan-How did you get your little one to open his mouth wider? I think that may be part of our problem.... Thanks!
post #8 of 11
So sorry to hear you're going through this! It is awful. I had it with ds1 and it turned into an abscess (sp?) that had to be surgically drained. NOT fun. So please do all you can to heal if you realize you have mastitis. I realized too late, and didn't have the fever to help clue me in.

Warm showers and massaging the breasts help with plugged ducts too.

Good luck, mama!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone. I feel SO much better today.

I think the problem is that she's not opening her mouth wide enough. I haven't been able to figure out how to get her to do it. If I open her mouth, she'll take the nipple and then spit it out and go back to her small-mouthed latch. Other than that, she does the fish lips, so it looks right. Guess I should call LLL!
post #10 of 11
Wow! You have motivated me to be consistent about encouraging and always getting a good latch! I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I'm glad you posted so us other new mamas can learn too!
Let us know how it goes!
post #11 of 11
Hi mamas!

Not from your DDC, but had to chime in here with another voice of experience.

My midwife's advice for mastitis is to REST, REST, REST and drink a gazillion tons of water. Also, the shower and massaging does help.

I had mastitis so bad with my first baby that I wanted to die. Luckily, it only lasted about 36 hours. All I took was tylenol.

I was so terrified of getting it with my second that I...um....over-corrected and pumped with electric pump to keep from getting engorged and to ease swollen ducts. That really exacerbated the issue, so don't make my mistake of over-pumping either, cuz that lead to severe engorgement for at least a week and a painful weaning process for ME to wean off the pump.

Also CONGRATULATIONS to all you new mamas and new-again mamas!
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