Jump to content

Mastitis?


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 stardust81

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:11 PM

I have woken up this morning feeling terrible and am wondering if this could be a bout of mastitis. I developed a sore breast last night and when I woke up I had a headache, am achey all over and have a temperature of about 38.5 (this goes down with panadol but rises again). The breast isn't all that sore, but I am having a lot of trouble getting my 11 month old DS to feed from either side this afternoon, and when I tried pumping (which is usually no problem I couldn't get more than a few drops. I am a bit concerned if it is a blocked duct I won't be able to free it as I am not getting any milk out!

Does this sound like mastitis? I won't be able to get to a doctor until tomorrow morning hopefully if I can get in (will be alone at home with my two boys tonight so not really an option to go to the ED).  Will this be too long? If it is mastitis is it likely to get much worse? Is there anything I can do to help get DS to feed - I am hoping overnight he will be sleepy and just take the feed and since he is currently feeding 3 times a night hopefully this will help!

After two years of breastfeeding (spread over DS1 and DS2) I am a little surprised to be getting it for the first time now (hence why I am questioning it!), I thought this was generally associated with the earlier days of breastfeeding!

#2 Manicmum

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

You can get mastitis anytime, even when not bf. My Mum (70) had it recently. Usually you have a sore breast/armpit though.

#3 Rosiebubs

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Sounds exactly like mastitis to me, you poor thing.

I'd go straight to the ED or 24 hour medical centre. Otherwise you could be in hospital before morning on IV.

Good luck!

#4 fibilly

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

In my experience my breast was quite lumpy and very hard. If you have any lumps, call the ABA hotline and they can help. I got mastitis when my twins were about 8 months when they dropped from 6 to 5 feeds, so I think it can happen any time. BTW it can make you seriously ill so if you suspect mastitis, perhaps check whether anyone can watch your kids just in case you need to go to the ED

#5 jdevine

Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

I had a really sore lumpy breast, it was agony to get DD on and I ended up hand expressing in shower to get some relief before heading to my GP. Good suggestion above to call ABA hotline they may be able to talk through your symptoms better

#6 stardust81

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

Thanks for the replies. I should clarify. The breast is sore, it is just not excruciating. I am having trouble holding DS2 if he is leaning on it though and it feels warm and like it is bruised. There is also a big red patch on the underneath of the breast covering about 1/3rd of the breast. My temp has come down slightly and I am feeling marginally better, so I am going to see how it goes for a little while. Hopefully it settles down on it's own!

#7 dollibaby

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

I can say that it's not blocked ducts because while the lumps will be sore, they do not have a bruised appearance. I once had blocked ducts that got infected which made me unable to even hold my baby but after a day or two of expressing, they unblocked.

#8 FurryTongue

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:57 PM

You poor thing! I have had lots of expereince with mastitis and reoccuring mastitis. First bout I ever had was when DS1 was 10 months old and then had it for 2 months and cycles after cycle of antibiotics!
I have done everything to try to get rid of it and get my milk flowing again! Out of everything I tried I found  putting a heat pack as HOT as you can handle on your boob for a little while followed immediantly by an icepack. Continue to alternate. Dedicate doing this for a day and you should be able to get rid of it. Also feed your baby leaning over the top of them and make sure theY are STARVING to help suck the blockage out!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

'My mum doesn't seem that interested in my baby'

Q: My mother and I have always been close, but now that I have a baby, she has not helped out as much as I thought she would.

This mum has donated over 2,000 litres of breast milk

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with hyper-lactation.

New guidelines: "Bottle-feeding mums need support too"

Breast is best, but mums who can't, or choose not to breastfeed need support too.

Call to teach kids about breastfeeding at school

The aim is to increase breastfeeding rates and reduce stigma.

Dads also struggle to 'have it all', study finds

Men and women both experience work-family conflict.

'Working for nothing': Childcare crisis pushes Sydney parents to the brink

Most parents are experiencing substantial difficulties with the financial burden and lack of availability of childcare, as costs have more than doubled for some families in just over a decade.

Language development may start in the womb

Study found babies can recognise foreign languages before birth.

Paying $2.50 for a babycino? This is why...

Aren't babycinos just a bit of froth? Not so, it seems...

I'm a stay-at-home mum who's an awful housewife

"Hey, come here a second," my mum said as she replaced the book in my hands with a wooden spoon covered in what I prayed was red sauce. Together, we walked into the kitchen and hovered over the skillet like we were peering into a crystal ball. Looking into my future, I saw me eating a lot of take away.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Five things you need to know about flu and pregnancy

As the 2017 flu season begins in earnest, here?s what you need to know to protect yourself and baby.

Mum tips to keep your pre-baby budget in check

Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.

5 easy ways to make your maternity leave last longer

Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.

 

Baby Names

Need some ideas?

See what names are trending this year.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.