Yellow Pus from nipple?

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Registered: 04-01-2003
Yellow Pus from nipple?
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 10:35am
Rebekka is 6.5 months old and I exclusively pump for her. Yesterday because of wierd life issues I went 13 hours without pumping. (OUCH) My left breast started to really hurt. I thought it was just overly full. I pumped last night before bed, and again this morning and everythng was fine, except my breast still hurt. I'm getting ready to pump again and yellow pus is coming out of the side of my nipple that hurts?

OUCH! and YUCK! Is this mastis? What do I do?

TIA!!

Annette and Rebekka

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 10:51am
Would suggest pumping often thru today, and using these tips to help "ward off" any "full blown" infection(mastitis):

http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/natural-treatments.html#mastitis

and a little more info that might also be helpful:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/recurrent-mastitis.html

Hope you're feeling better soon!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 11:47am
Annette,

I would get to a doctor with this one. While I am all for trying to resolve plugs and mastitis naturally - lots of rest, fluids and nursing - pus sounds to me like you should get checked out for an abscess. I am recently recovering from an abscess that might have been prevented if I had followed up more quickly on recurrent mastitis and plugs. I have had just about every BFing problem known to woman, but the abscess trumped them all. You do NOT want to get this!

I've BTDT with the EPing, and just finished pumping for my babe at work. I know its hard work and sometimes you get stressed just trying to find the time or a place to do it. But 13+ hours is a really, really long time to go without pumping. I think that LLL recommends that you empty your breasts every 3 hours. I've certainly gone longer than that, but if you need to space out the pumpings (say b/c your baby is sleeping thru the night), you should gradually wean yourself off pumpings, by gradually decreasing the length of pumps and spacing them farther apart.

Rhondda


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Registered: 04-01-2003
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:07pm
Thanks for your help ladies! I called my doctor right after I posted that message. She thinks that it is mastis and called in an antibiotic for me. She wants me to come in if the puss/pain/swelling doesn't get better in 48 hours.

Thanks for the help!

Annette