Essential Guides and Techniques for Managing Mastitis
Our Guides section on mastitis provides an essential resource for breastfeeding mothers. These guides combine expert insights with practical tips, including techniques like gentle breast massage, which is crucial for alleviating symptoms and encouraging healing in cases of mastitis. Emphasising the importance of understanding bodily changes and symptoms, our guides offer clear, step-by-step advice for effective self-care. Covering everything from the causes and symptoms of mastitis to treatment options, these guides are designed to be a comprehensive aid for mothers navigating this common yet challenging condition.
Mama Stories of Resilience: Navigating Mastitis on the Breastfeeding Journey
In these Mama Stories, we delve into the personal and diverse experiences of mothers who have faced mastitis while breastfeeding. These stories are not just narratives; they are powerful testimonies of resilience, struggle, and triumph. From dealing with the physical discomfort and emotional challenges of mastitis to finding effective ways to manage and overcome it, these stories offer a deep, relatable insight into the realities of breastfeeding complications.
By sharing these experiences, we aim to create a supportive community where mothers can find encouragement, advice, and a sense of solidarity. Whether it’s navigating through the initial symptoms, seeking treatment, or continuing to breastfeed amidst difficulties, these stories highlight the strength and determination of mothers in diverse circumstances. They serve as a beacon of hope and a reminder that while the journey of breastfeeding can have its challenges, like mastitis, no one has to face them alone.
What causes mastitis?
There can be many reasons a person gets mastitis. One of the main reasons a breastfeeding mother will get mastitis is when there is ineffective drainage of breast milk from the breast. This could be due to the fact your baby is not feeding well, or they are not feeding frequently enough. Other causes of mastitis could be an oversupply of breast milk, illness in mother or baby, or stopping breastfeeding abruptly.
What are the early signs of mastitis?
Early signs of mastitis include breast pain, swelling and redness. Mastitis may present as flu-like symptoms, such as aching, a headache, fever and chills. Therefore you may not immediately think you have mastitis.
Can I get rid of mastitis on my own?
There are many self-help actions you can take to treat mastitis on your own. The earlier you can detect mastitis, the more likely you are to stop it in its tracks early. First and foremost, if you’re still breastfeeding, continue to feed your baby as you normally would. Use a cold compress or ice pack to reduce any swelling. Use a gentle massage to help reduce any breast inflammation. If you are able to, you can take anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, as long as you are not allergic, or they are not contra-indicated for you.
Should I go the hospital if I have mastitis?
If you are able to identify and treat it early you can improve mastitis, even stop it in its tracks sometimes. However, if things are not improving quickly (within 24 hours) or are getting worse, seek medical support. You may need to be get an antibiotic prescription. If your temperature is spiking and/or you are having trouble breathing you may need to be admitted to hospital.