Mastitis

Mastitis is infection within your breast.  Typically the signs are red, swollen, very tender breasts, fevers and flu like symptoms and/or blood in your breast milk.   Early signs are often just a red area on your breast.  This can be in the shape of a triangle as that is the area of breast tissue involved.  It is important that mastitis is treated early and I strongly recommend that you get in contact Parents2b or contact your regular GP.  Oral antibiotics are often needed so once again it is important to see someone earlier rather then later. These antibiotics are safe to take while breastfeeding. If managed early mastitis can be treated very easily but if left it can be very difficult as abscess can develop.

Simple measures include simple pain relief such as panadol and cold packs are also beneficial.  It is important to continue breast-feeding from that breast and ensuring the breast is emptied at each feed.  If you feel lumps in that breast after feeding then you can massage them in the shower.

 

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