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Breast-Feeding - When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor now if you have:

  • Increasing pain in one area of the breast.
  • Increasing redness in one area of the breast or red streaks extending away from an area of the breast.
  • Drainage of pus from the nipple or another area of the breast.
  • A fever of 101 °F (38.3 °C) or higher.

Call your doctor today if you have:

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Call your doctor today if your baby:

  • Is not eating well for any reason or has any of the following symptoms:
    • A rectal temperature of 100.4 °F (38 °C) or higher
    • Fussiness or sleepiness that interferes with breast-feeding
    • Weakness, listlessness, or lack of interest in feeding
    • Thick, white patches in the mouth and cheeks, which are signs of a yeast infection (thrush), or signs of a diaper rash
  • Shows signs of poor eating, such as:
    • Not reaching his or her birth weight by 2 weeks of age or other signs of insufficient weight gain.
    • Having no wet diapers for 6 hours.
    • Passing little or no stool in the first 4 weeks, or passing stools that are dark green and contain mucus after the first few days. But it is normal for your baby to have fewer stools starting around 4 to 8 weeks of age. As long as stools stay soft and your baby is feeding well, it should not be a concern.
    • Having problems latching on to the breast.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: May 01, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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