Mastitis While Breast-Feeding - Topic Overview
You can help yourself feel better by getting more rest, drinking
more fluids, and using warm or cold packs on your painful breast.
Before breast-feeding your baby, place a warm, wet washcloth over the
affected breast for about 15 minutes. Try this at least 3 times a day. This
increases milk flow in the breast. Massaging the affected breast may also
increase milk flow.
You can safely take acetaminophen (such as
Tylenol) for pain or a fever. You can take ibuprofen (such as Advil) along with
acetaminophen to reduce inflammation.
Breast-feeding from your
affected breast is safe for your baby. If starting with the affected breast is too painful, try feeding your baby with your healthy breast first. Then, after your milk is flowing, breast-feed from the affected breast. If your nipples are too cracked and painful to
breast-feed from that breast, use a breast pump to empty the breast of milk.
Use it each time that you cannot breast-feed.
This is a good time
to consider getting help from a
lactation consultant. This person—usually a
nurse—specializes in helping women with breast-feeding. You can breast-feed
more effectively with less pain and help prevent future mastitis if you
remember to change positions and make sure that your baby is latching on
Be sure to get treatment for mastitis. Delaying
treatment can lead to a breast abscess, which can be harder to treat.
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