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#1 of 9 Old 05-20-2006, 11:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Thankfully my midwife taught me years ago how to treat mastitis, because it’s a common ailment for me when I’m nursing. I kid you not~after starting treatment, my fever of 102 was completely gone within three hours during this past episode last week! This works EVERY time, and I’ve even had it where my temp was 104 for a few days before realizing what was up. Here’s what ya do:

First, fill your tub with water as hot as you can stand. Lie on your belly with both affected “areas” completely submerged for a minute or so. Then start to massage from the base of the “area” to the tip, expressing. What will happen (if not in this soaking then in the next one or two or three) is you’ll express the plugged ducts out, and they’ll come out in a string~kinda like a pimple (as the milk flows, it will dissipate in the water~you‘ll be able to tell the difference). It’s very important to do this every two hours diligently! In between soakings, rest, eat, and drink, drink, drink (and nurse, nurse, nurse). I happened to have some New Chapter Cold and Flu herbal capsules, so I did take one. Whenever you’re nursing and have flu-like symptoms, ALWAYS treat for mastitis as well!

My LANA wool pads came today, and we had a BUSY van day~which is what triggered it last week. OH they did GREAT! I'm going to do a write-up and hope to get another pair of the tear-drop shaped ones in large. I’m the PERFECT test candidate, as I just seem to get it ALL THE TIME. These really did make a difference, as the last long day we had I was dizzy and feverish by the end of the afternoon!

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Can you still do this if you're not supposed to take baths yet?
I've got my 2nd clogged duct today, and it's only been 3 weeks!
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I'm sooo sorry I cannot properly advise you, Emily, since I've not ever had to wait to take baths after birthing. My midwife stresses that full submersion of the breasts is most important~I guess the only way you could do that would be to lean over a sink of hot water~I'm not sure I would even do all that myself~no fun! Sure hope you're feeling better real soon! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
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Weird, I have been told to stay out of baths until the lochia is gone.
I've been nursing on that side all day, and it is still sore, but I can't feel any lumpiness and it isn't hot.
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Can you still do this if you're not supposed to take baths yet?
I've got my 2nd clogged duct today, and it's only been 3 weeks!
Something that has worked for me with clogged ducts is pumping with an electric pump (I've literally felt the duct unplug and then the redness & soreness is gone w/in a couple hours of that), and massaging the heck out of the sore area, going towards the nipple. You can do this in the shower with your breast under the hot water.

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What has always worked for me with clogged ducts is to make the baby nurse with his or her chin pointed to the duct. Within 2-3 nursings, it's gone. Now with this baby, I did actually get mastitis before having clogged ducts, but I attribute that to his bizarre timing of nursing (sometimes every 30 minutes and sometimes every 5 hours). Boobies are still acclamating.
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As someone who gets mastitis often, and OH the fevers knock me off my bottom! LANACare teardrop wool Ekstra breast pads have SAVED me! YAY! What a difference! I got them here: http://www.danishwool.com/index.htm (((((HUGS))))) sandi
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Sounds like I really need to get some LANA pads! Sandi, do you know if we're just more prone to mastitis or am I doing something wrong? I've gotten it about once a week since my daughter was born. I do the rubbing out in the tub deal when I feel it coming on, but it is really a hassle with a newborn and a toddler to take care of. Am I not drinking enough water or something? Do you know anything about taking lecithin (I think) to prevent it? I can't wear an underwire bra, or even a bra that has hardly any support whatsoever. Thankfully, my breasts aren't that big. I seem to have an overactive letdown and I know that doesn't help, but will it eventually even out? Sorry I'm asking a zillion questions!

Today my 3 y.o. daughter was pretending to nurse her doll, and she said, "I know, I know, milk comes too fast. where's the breast pad?" :LOL
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Today my 3 y.o. daughter was pretending to nurse her doll, and she said, "I know, I know, milk comes too fast. where's the breast pad?" :LOL
That's almost exactly what I say to my little guy when he starts coughing and spluttering from my nutso letdown...but I don't have a bigger one to mimic it. Too cute!!

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