Yup, we’re talking about the dreaded M word—mastitis. It is just as bad, if not worse than the stories you have heard. Initially all you may feel is just a slight pain or tenderness in your breast; however that can turn into full blown flu symptoms that include fever, nausea, chills, and more.
Mastitis not directly caused by an infection may be the cause of milk staying in the breast too long, engorgement, or clogged milk ducts. Cracked or damaged nipples can also cause mastitis by allowing bacteria to enter the breast tissue.
There are several things you can do to help prevent mastitis. Educating yourself prior to breastfeeding will dramatically decrease your chances of developing an infection. WebMD offers the following prevention tips:
Nurse regularly: Breast feed at least every 1 to 3 hours or whenever your baby is hungry. It is important to keep the milk ducts empty.
Consult a certified lactation consultant: If your baby is not latching properly it can create soreness of the nipples which can lead to dry, cracked nipples that easily allow infection into the breast. You should align your baby straight for breast feeding. Put your baby’s chest to your chest. Your baby should be latched on to your aerola, past the nipple.
Alternate which breast you use first when feeding.
Use different breast feeding positions: This will ensure you are draining all areas of the breast. We love this Parents article that demonstrates the many different breast feeding positions you can use.
Take care of your nipples: Air-dry your nipples after each feeding. If you notice that your nipples are starting to become cracked or sore try applying lanolin cream.
Diet: Make sure you are drinking enough fluids and eating healthy food.
Weaning: When the time comes make sure you gradually wean your baby from nursing. This will prevent too much breast fullness and allow enough time for your baby to adjust to new eating habits.
Pump your milk: If you know you are going to be unable to nurse for 4 or more hours set aside a time and place where you can express your milk. It is also recommended to pump 10-15 minutes after nursing. If your mastitis is severe enough you may be in need of a hospital grade breast pump.
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