Not sure but I think I have it in my left breast...it is extremely swollen and tender to the touch...my baby girl doesnt eat very often so I pump. I have never felt so much pain in my breast in my life. Any ideas on how to take care of it? It does not feel the same as engorgement but it is horrible
It does sound like mastitis. Try warm compresses on it, and you can try that while you're pumping that side. I've also heard cabbage leafs (for a short amount of time because it's soo effective) can help draw out the clog in the duct. If it continues don't wait, go see your doctor because it will get much worse.
Even if uncomfortable completely empty your breast. Massage and heat will help too. If you notice your breast becomes hot to the touch and red you should be seen my a Dr because it might require antibiotics
I had mastitis twice within a year.
There was engorgement and a stinging pain but also a reddish line and increasing fever. I went to see a doctor and was told once the reddish streak appears and fever starts, there is no way around antibiotics. As much as I dislike them and worried about baby, the pain and redness disappeared within 6 hours. I had to feed from the unaffected breast for a day and pump the other.
Hopefully you`ll catch it on time with cabbage (I hear it works) and yes, lanolin is mom`s best friend! Heals small injuries quickly so mastitis doesn`t even have a chance. Hang in there!
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