Monday, August 18, 2008

How to Spot Mastitis

Mastitis symptoms for breastfeeding moms are mainly a combination of the following:

  • Flu like symptoms

  • Sore breasts, swollen breasts and/or redness

  • Fever, Chills and/or Sweats
Mastitis often progresses rapidly over hours, and it is common for breastfeeding mothers to try to fight of the fever. But the fever can rapidly progress to more severe symptoms such a high fever, chills, nausea. Early treatment of mastitis is desirable.

Short Term Treatments when you first notice the symptoms include hot showers, Heat Packs or Breast Packs, Lactagogue Massage Oil, Vitamin C

What to Do:
Continue to feed your baby through the pain. If the pain continues you must seek help from your doctor. They may prescribe a course of antibiotics.