Mastitis affects lactating mother. It is described as pain or soreness in the breast due to clogging of the mammary duct in nursing mothers. It is a terrible experience, and you should immediately consult with nurses and lactate experts. If this condition is not handled correctly, it may lead o lump in the breast and subsequently breast cancer. In our article, we will tell you ways to prevent mastitis.
What are the Causes of Mastitis
Mastitis is caused due to the blocks of mammary ducts. It may happen due to pressing or folding of the breast. Wearing a too tight bra or wearing your bra overnight may cause it. Also placing an elbow to the side of your breast while you are sleeping may block the mil ducts and ceasing the flow of milk. It may also happen on missing a feed Bacterial infections may also cause mastitis. If you do not know how to latch your baby correctly, then bacteria from your baby’s mouth penetrates through the skin pores and cuts and enters your mammary ducts causing swelling and soreness. Thus mastitis may be of two type blacked mastitis and bacterial mastitis.
Symptoms of Blocked Mastitis
If a lactating mother experiences symptoms such as sore and implanted breasts, fever, soreness of breast, pain and aches this may be due to clocked mastitis.
Feel your breast with your hand, and you will feel an area that is firm and thick with a pink hue.
What are the Symptoms of Bacterial Mastitis
The most striking symptom of bacterial mastitis is that you won’t feel any lump on your beast, but there will be flu-like symptoms like pain, fever, aches and inflammation and soreness. Also, there is pinkiness of the affected area.
How to Cure Mastitis
If you detect blocked mastitis in 24 hours better massage your breast, take a warm bath or use a warm pack to reduce inflammation and pains. For massage take a little oil and with your fingers rub the affected area upward and backwards in continuous motion towards the nipples. Breastfeeding baby while massaging also helps. Feed the baby regularly. If thickness persists even after all the efforts for more than 24 hours consult a doctor for treatment. Healthcare provider may give you antibiotics to stop the bacteria from damaging cells and mammary glands.
Continue massage for relief.
In the case of bacterial mastitis immediately meet your health care provider for proper medication. Continue lactation along with the antibiotics prescribed.
How to Prevent Mastitis
Mastitis is caused due to t poor breast position while feeding or sleeping, wearing a tight bra or due to bacterial infection. To prevent mastitis make sure to latch your baby correctly. Preparing baby for mothers breast prevents cuts and cracks. A lactating mother should examine her breasts every day for the symptom of mastitis. If detected early proper treatment measures and medications can prevent complications.
If you are suffering from recurrent mastitis, it may be due to issues with nipples, improper treatment or recovery from previous attacks, low body resistance to infections, deformation of mammary ducts and poor release or drainage of breastmilk.
How to Prevent Recurring Mastitis
To prevent recurrent mastitis make sure to consume a properly balanced diet rich in mineral and vitamins to boost body immunity. Drink lots of water to maintain the proper level of blood composition. Also, drink probiotics. Continue breastfeeding, Apply breastmilk to us and cracks and massage breasts. Also, your doctor may prescribe a prolonged low dose antibiotic for two to three months or through the entire duration of lactation.
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Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.