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#1 of 5 Old 04-06-2004, 10:27 PM - Thread Starter
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It seems that I have a breast infection in my left breast.

I've talked to my midwife. She suggests 2,000 mg Vit-C every 2 hours, lots of water, lots of nursing, and lots of rest.

Any more suggestions?

It hurts so bad when he latches on.''

She said that this is caused by doing too much after the baby is born. Could this be? I didn't really think I had done that much! I've taken better care of myself after this baby than any of my others.''


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#2 of 5 Old 04-06-2004, 10:40 PM
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Welcome to the boards!!!

What kind of infection is it (mastitis, yeast/thrush?)

Do you have a lump, or is it just in the nipple? Here's a link to more info on mastitis if that's the case:

You can also find info on thrush at

Hope you feel better soon!
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I've had good luck with applying heat (I use a rice-filled sock heated in the microwave) to the infected breast and under the armpit. Also, I took Belladonna (homeopathic remedy) at the first sign of mastitis, and followed the other recommendations that you've been given (LOTS of nursing on infected side, rest and water). I didn't take the vitamin C, though, and that's good to add to my list of remedies! Thanks. If it's thrush, the treatment is different. I've been through that, too, if you need more help with that. Good luck and keep going!!
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I would soak my breast in a pan of hot water and Eopsom salts and do some hand expressions before pumping/nursing (I exclusively pump). You can also take some Lecithin to help get the milk flowing.

After pumping/nursing, I applied cold to the breast to reduce swelling. Taking Ibubrofin also reduces swelling and can help with the soreness.

Then I would start the hot treatment all over again before the next pump/feeding.

It is so important to drink lots of water, eat and sleep - add this with caring for a little one and it seems an impossible task, I know.
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i took garlic twice a day( io smushed it a bit and took it with milk i really think that did it.. i had a nasty nasty bout of mastitis... the kelly website is awsome! thanks again turquoise! i hope u feel better soon! s!
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