This is my second time with mastitus. Im taking stronger antibiotics for it this time four times a day. I tried everything to prevent is. Im excuslively breastfeeding so i dont pump much if at all. When my lo is finished my breast feels empty so i didnt see the need to pump more afterwards...idk what else to do. Someone please help! How do i prevent thiis mess?
Do you have a La Leche League in your area? Call them. This is what they specialize in.
I've never had mastitis, but I've always been quick to start a schedule with my baby, which means pumping and breastfeeding.
If nothing else, try pumping when baby isn't eating (like the middle of the night feeding that gets cut out first, or the right before you go to bed feeding).
I know antibiotics can be killer on your supply.
You might also try offering only one breast at a time (per feeding) and having baby empty the breast completely, then offer the other at the next feeding to be sure all the milk is coming out. You might need to keep baby latched on long enough for a 2nd letdown. I've also found it helps me to sort of stimulate my own nipples to make sure I get full letdown (like with the pump).
Try massaging while you nurse or pump. That will help a lot! Nurse, nurse, nurse. Use warm compresses, and massage-get in the shower, with the water as hot as you can get it-let the water run over your breasts, and message them! Express milk, and do this daily if you can.
Contact your La LecheLeage and ask for their recommendations. I don't recommend pumping after or in addition to breastfeeding as it will throw off your supply and you'll be in a vicious cycle of pumping when you don't need to. Your breasts should need very little if any maintenance.
Try only feeding baby on one breast per feeding to try to empty the breast better. Use warm compresses if you think you have a blocked duct. If you have cracked or bleeding nipples, use ointment if your doc wishes or some expressed milk. Clean, dry breast pads will help keep your nipples clean.
Most women breastfeed with little to no complications. You'll get through this and things will get easier. Hang in there!
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