New Here - Mastitis

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New Here - Mastitis
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 2:53pm

Hi Everyone!

I'm new to this forum but am so relieved to have found a site for exclusive pumpers! My doctor has given me a bit of a hard time for only pumping and not directly feeding and is really pushing me to switch back but now that I've established my supply, I make way more than baby needs and I feel good about putting that extra milk in the freezer for when I stop pumping and want to keep him going on my milk. 

However - I'm battling a bad case of mastitis and I'm afraid I'll have to dry up my supply if it keeps coming back. Has anyone else had issues with mastitis? I'm wondering if I established my supply a bit too well and am just making too much milk this early on and shocked my body or something. I pump at least 8 times per day and my LO is 4 weeks today. I probably produce about 40 ounces a day and LO is eating probably 25 ounces a day. 

I'm scared to pump less frequently as the mastitis will probably never go away but I don't want to keep increasing my supply either, so I've only been pumping for about 10 minutes on each side to try to keep it under control. 

Any thoughts on how to keep the mastitis under control but not increase my supply any more? 

Thanks!!

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 11:48am

Do your breasts empty at 10 minutes? I think the issue is that you are not pumping long enough to fully drain the breast and that is why you keep getting backed up. You should try to increase your pumping time to 20 minutes, if not both breasts, at least the breast that is infected, to make sure it fully drains out. It would also help to apply heat or massage it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 9:50am

I only had one round of very mild Mastitis so I am not an expert.. But I found this board because I was having a problem with blocked ducts.  If you have a blocked duct and are not moving it along, you may continue to have problems with Mastitis. 

I have read that if you are having  a problem with one duct being an issue you can use ultrasound treatment on that spot to help relieve the problem.  It sounds crazy but I have heard of it working. You would just need to take a script to a physical therapist.  Most physical therapists have the ultrasound machines.  Google it.  I am sorry that I don't have more info but I was researching it over a year ago.  I don't think that it is something that all Dr's know about.  I know that when I took it to mine, they called around to see if I was crazy.  They found it would work but because I didn't have a localized problem it wouldn't have worked for me.

I have also found that for blocked ducts using ibuprofen helped in removing the block.  When I felt a block coming on I would take 800 mg every 6-8 hours.  I took this amount because that is what the DR told me I could use after my c-section.  This seemed to remove the block with in 24 hours.  You may want to try to take some for a day or two to see if it helps you in any way.

And last, I found that my diet was causing my blocks.  If I ate anything fried or sausage I would have a block in 24 hours.  It took me a couple of months to figure out my diet was the problem. I heard other women saying that they had problems with cheese and hard ice cream.  So watch your diet, it may or may not add to your issue.

Hope this helps!!!