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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.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 04, 2014
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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