When we talk about the lactational mastitis,It should be noted that it occurs during the first 6 to 12 weeks after delivery (postpartum), but it can occur at any time during the entire time we breastfeed our baby.
The mastitis It is not a reason to abandon breastfeeding, in fact the remedy for it (in addition to the antibiotic if necessary) is a good emptying by the baby. We shouldn't even stop breastfeeding affected our son, but to offer it more often.
The mastitis it is an inflammation that causes pain, engorgement, warmth and redness of the breast. In some cases, it could lead to a high fever, chills, general malaise, and extreme exhaustion.
Try prevent mastitis Knowing the main risk factors should be our first priority. Said causes would be, among others, lack of grip, presence of a lingual frenulum, breastfeeding in the same position during all feedings (always emptying the same quadrant of the breast), inappropriate bras, maternal exhaustion or stress, poor diet, antibiotic therapy during delivery or in the last weeks of pregnancy.
In the cases of mastitis, signs and symptoms may appear suddenly that can help us to anticipate and remedy it quickly. Some of them are:
- Breast sensitivity and temperature to the touch.
- Feeling of general malaise.
- Inflammation of the affected chest.
- Pain or burning sensation continuous or during the taking.
- Localized skin redness.
- Fever over 38ºC.
- Appearance of ganglia.
Once the mastitis has been established, what can we do?
- Go to a lactation consultant or midwife to assess the latch, the anatomy of the breast and the baby's mouth.
- Make sure the chest is completely empty after each feeding.
- Vary the positions of the shots. It is important that the baby supports the chin in the area that you have reddened while nursing.
- Take specific lactation probiotics to restore flora.
- Take anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen type) every 8 hours even if you don't have a fever. The mastitis they characteristically inflame the duct, so it is necessary to combat this inflammation to facilitate milk ejection.
- Offer the breast often to your baby and thus he will unload you.
- Place dry heat on the affected breast before feeding, and massage it to facilitate the exit of the milk through the clogged ducts. This massage will be done with a little vegetable oil (olive, almond) and with small and gentle circular movements of the knuckles around the chest, very soft. Then we repeat the same movement, but this time towards the nipple, as if we wanted to accompany the milk coming out. We can also do this second movement while the baby is nursing.
If you follow all our advice, you will be able to put an end to this uncomfortable discomfort and continue breastfeeding your baby without any problem.
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