Help. Was this Mastisis?

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Help. Was this Mastisis?
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Wed, 11-17-2010 - 5:21pm

A little backround,,, My daughter wasn't getting enough milk off of me. My production was low. I started to pump every 3 hours. NOW, I'm pumping about 4-5 ounces per pump and get a total of about 30 ounces per day. I'm averaging 7-8 pumps in a 24 hour time period. My supply is building and I'm about 2 bottles ahead of my 6 week baby. So, she's getting almost all BM. I do put her on me about 3 times per day. She doesn't latch correctly or she's not sucking right. She'll take about 2 ounces from me and when she comes off she is very unsatisfied. I end up pumping another 3 ounces out.

Last weekend, I started feeling very run down, low energy and bad. I actually caught a small chest cold. My entire body was just run down. Sunday evening, I got the chills and had a fever of 100. I NEVER have a fever. I took Ibuprofen and woke up soaked a few hours later. My left breast was very sore too on the inside towards the breastbone. It wasn't a lump like mastisis, but I could feel a very tender sore spot. I went to my 6 week checkup on Monday, My doctor gave me Keflex to take for 10 days, every 6 hours. Today, my breast feels better and I even seem to be getting more milk out.

So, I do think I had something in my breast starting. Maybe it was a plugged duct, I don't know.

How do I avoid getting mastisis?? I was only washing my pumpers once per day. I kept them in the fridge between pumps. NOW, I'm actually boiling them a few times per day. I make sure when I pump its at least 15 minutes. Any advice would be great.

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Wed, 11-17-2010 - 11:08pm

I haven't had mastitis, so I can't give much helpful advice there. I have always done everything I could to get rid of clogs as soon as I start noticing them because I've been so paranoid about getting it. I just wanted to say I'm glad you're feeling a little better, and fingers crossed that you don't get it again!

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 08-05-2010
Wed, 11-17-2010 - 11:12pm

Here's a link to some info about blocked ducts and mastitis:

http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Blocked%20Ducts%20&%20Mastitis.asp

Clogs can form which can lead to mastitis if the breast isn't fully drained often enough. If you feel like there is a spot in the breast that still has milk and is sore after pumping, this can be an early sign of a clog forming.

You may need to pump more frequently, pump longer during your pumping sessions