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Breastfeeding is a lovely moment between the mother and the newborn—it is filled with intimacy and allows the newborn to receive adequate nutrition, while bringing some health benefits to the mother too!
We wrote an article on the benefits of breastfeeding previously, click here to read. However, some breastfeeding mothers may face various issues during this endeavor, and one of them is called mastitis.
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Mastitis is the inflammation of the breast tissue. It is primarily caused by milk stasis, i.e. build-up of breast milk due to incomplete drainage. Besides milk stasis, mastitis can also be caused by a bacterial infection. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common bacteria associated with mastitis.
Milk stasis can be caused by many reasons, such as:
Women who have mastitis may experience painful, red, and swollen areas in the affected breast; they may also experience fever of more than 38°C and flu-like symptoms. Some may have nipple discharge that is white or contains streaks of blood. While mastitis can happen to any woman, it mainly affects the lactating women, especially during the first 6-8 weeks after delivery; although it can still happen anytime during the breastfeeding period.
Here are something you can do if you experience mastitis during breastfeeding:
If you are breastfeeding, continue to breastfeed. This helps to drain out the breast milk. Ensure that the baby is well positioned and attached at the breast. You may hold the baby with the chin towards the breast. Always start feeding with sore breasts first ,this promotes milk drainage while the baby still has the appetite to get fed. Breastfeeding while having mastitis does not generally pose a health risk to the baby. You should see a doctor if the condition does not improve after 24 hours despite continuing to breastfeed, or you get what may seem like mastitis and you are not breastfeeding.
If your doctor thinks you may have an infection in the breast, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics to you. The choice of antibiotic depends on many factors.
As mastitis is commonly caused by staphylococcal aureus bacteria, the doctor will usually prescribe cloxacillin 1-2 grams intravenously every 6 hours or cefazolin 1-2 grams intravenously every 8 hours. Alternative treatment is oral Augmentin 625mg three times daily or oral Unasyn 750 mg two times daily. Do let your doctor know if you are allergic to any antibiotic medication! If your condition does not improve despite finishing the antibiotic therapy, visit the doctor again. In more severe cases, drainage may be required if abscess is present in the breast.
If you are breastfeeding and keep getting mastitis, it might be due to problems with positioning and attaching. You can learn the correct technique of breastfeeding here, or consult your healthcare professional.
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