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Does that even make any sense? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I think I have mastitis or at least an infection, I'm going to the doc tomorrow (thx for coaxing me, MDCers), and I'm pretty sure he's gonna prescribe antibiotics. Will these affect the immunity I am passing onto my baby through my breastmilk? He is non-vaccinated and I want him to stay that way.<br><br>
Thanks so much!!
 

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I doubt it. I would recomend you clear up the infectio. And if your worried about your lil one's immunity, keep him/her home for a while. But I personally would not even have this as a concern. Good luck!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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If you have to take antibiotics get a good probiotic to take too. And after you finish the antibotics you need to continue the probiotic for a couple of months to rebuild your intestinal flora. This will also help your baby.
 

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The abx will make the fever go away but it will not cure the mastitis. It will start a process of it coming back repeatedly.<br><br>
If I were in your situation I would do everything I could to avoid taking abx. It will most certainly go into the bm and mess up your baby's first line of bacteria coating in the gut. I would not disrupt that.<br><br>
My dd had mastitis four times with her first child within the first five months. It was very hard on her and everyone was advising her to use abx and to stop nursing. But she got through it. With the second child she had not one episode of it.<br><br>
She happens to be visiting and this is what she said to try:<br><br>
Take hot showers and express milk in the shower.<br>
Nurse as often as you possibly can.<br>
Get someone to watch the baby to let you sleep through your fevers.<br>
Do not wear a bra or sleep on your stomach or side.<br>
Don't have the baby sleep on top of you.<br>
When the baby is done nursing, pump a bit to make sure all the milk is out.<br>
Nurse in different positions but for sure have the baby's chin point toward the mastitis to get the most suction in that area.<br>
She just said, she got on the floor onto her hands and knees, lay the baby on the floor and nursed with the breast hanging down. This gets the milk out in the best way.<br><br>
Put cold cabbage leaves on your breast where the mastitis is.<br><br>
If it gets so that you can't take it any longer, take a pain pill. It certainly is better than abx.<br><br>
Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
 

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Send someone to the herb shop for you and get some marshmallow root, boil it and use it for hot compresses. I have had mastitis 5 times (usually comes on when I'm trying to do to much or something very stressful happens) and this has worked better and faster than the antibiotics, started feeling better the same day as opposed to the antibiotics that took 3-4 days to start making a difference. Feel better!
 

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Milktrance, how are you? Was it mastitis?<br><br>
I have had it once, and I took abx for it. I tried everything I could to clear up the infection and used it as a last resort. I do wish I had done it sooner -- mastitis is awful and painful and makes mamas feel like garbage. Mine cleared up right away once I started abx -- my babies get pbx anyway, which I hoped would help them should anything be secreted into the breastmilk.<br><br>
Kellymom is a good reference for checking medications that get into your milk supply. There are several abx that are considered "safe" -- of course you have to decide what "safe" means to you. I know some mamas here are very opposed to treating with abx, and in most cases I am, too; but they did work for me and I hope that if you were forced to take that route, it worked for you as well -- and if not, I hope you are better by now!
 

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Thanks for asking, I am taking the abx <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: but am feeling better... but soooooo tired... I was swayed because my DH was a dairyman for a number of years and I think he scared me a little about what mastitis can do...<br><br>
These are all very good ideas, though, and I am doing most of them. But I am scared of cabbage leaves because I thought they can make the milk dry up if overused -- how can I know if I am overusing them?<br><br>
Another problem I am having is that DS is not nursing as often. He is teething a bit. I know, VERY early. So I am having to pump and express in the shower.<br><br>
I feel really crappy about taking the abx. But I am torn because the red lump is getting smaller...<br><br>
I have NOT however tried dangle-feeding, I am gonna try that!<br><br>
Augh, this stinks... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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It isn't that early for your little one to be teething. My guy started teething at 3 1/2 months (my nephews both had teeth before they were 5 months old). My guy didn't end up getting any teeth until he was 9 months old though.<br><br>
I had mastitis 2 x's while nursing. What worked the best for me ~ using a hot compress just prior to pumping/nursing...and massaging the affected breast. The hot compress helped to loosen the knot and eased while I massaged the breast. I feel for you...it does suck big time! I can remember crying to my mother about how horrible it made me feel ~ felt like I was going to pass out from the pain (worse than childbirth for me).<br><br>
Taking abx isn't preferred ~ but it isn't good to have prolonged mastitis either ~ can make you not want to nurse because it is so painful.
 

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I had mastitis once but somehow managed to not take abx. I called my MW, got a prescription and had it filled just in case but I gave it 24-48 hours to see if I could make it go away. I showered a bazillion times in warm water, ran the pulsing shower head over the knot, massaged it, put warm rice socks on it, nursed hovering over babe, pumped -- you name it, I tried it. My boob was red in a wedge all the way up my chest, I had a 101 fever and felt like CRAP. I was so sure I was going to need the antibiotic and almost afraid to wait but I did since my MW said I could wait 1 day. Somehow I managed to get better! I almost got it again a week ago but caught it early this time and got it to go away before it set in. It was only slightly pink - and I got the lump out. The irony is that I have low milk supply. I guess if you have milk and ducts, they can get plugged!<br><br>
You don't want to fool around waiting too long with mastitis though. It can get bad and abscess.
 

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Gitti named all the solutions I heard from my lactation consultant, except for a few:<br>
~ take soy lecithin (it helps the fat in the breastmilk not be so thick)<br>
~ eat lots of old-fashioned oatmeal (not the quick cook)<br>
~ drink lots of water<br><br>
As far as the cabbage leaf - you tear off a piece of cabbage leaf that is the size of your sore spot. You put it just over the sore spot. You're not going to dry out your milk, because you're only putting it over the sore spot.<br><br>
I got mastitis one time, and I did the above things (along with LOTS of rest, a little bit of ibuprofen for pain, and some warm massages to the sore spot). It improved within 24 hours, and I was better within a week. I did smell a bit like a cabbage, but it was SO worth it!<br><br>
GL. I hope it goes away for you very soon, and you've seen the last of it.<br><br>
P.S. I don't know if this is myth or not, but I have heard that antibiotics can cause thrush. (Which is a reason you want to take probiotics as well, I do believe.) I had abx during labor with dd, and then I developped thrush a few weeks later. Just something to keep in mind - in case it occurs, so you can spot it right away. This is the big reason why I avoided abx when I got mastitis with ds - I did NOT want to get thrush! lol<br><br>
ETA: I'm sorry, I missed the point of this thread. To answer your original question - no, I can't imagine that it would have any effect on your baby differently than with a vaxed child. ??? Don't worry - you're doing great, mama!
 
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