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Preventing mastitis

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Tips to avoid mastitis with my second baby?

preventing mastitis

  • I had problems with the first and found the second much easier. Good luck
  • I think its just one of those things ๐Ÿ™ i was one to get recurrent thrush when breastfeeding, it was awful! 1st baby i made it a couple of weeks in excruciating pain before having to stop. 2nd time i made it 8.5mths! because i got onto the pain immediately! my advice is seek help from the lactation consultants at hospital straight away!!!! they will give you the best chance at being able to bf for longer ๐Ÿ™‚ goodluck and all you can do is try your best. I know i was VERY nervous 2nd time since the pain i went through with the first, and i went through very similar pain again but luckily not quite as severe and we got in under control but it still took me atleast 3months to be feeding painfree, but that is just me ๐Ÿ™‚ best of luck to you
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  • I had same issue with baby number one and no issue at al with baby number 2 so maybe it could be to do with bubs effeincy as a breastfeeder? just a thought
  • This isn’t advice as such but more a positive for you- I had mastitis 8 times during the first 8 months of feeding our first child, hospitalised once as well (ouch!) our second bub I expressed every feed and tube fed for the first 3 weeks due to her being prem but I haven’t had one case of mastitis this baby and she is now 12 months and still no sign of it- was so relieved as it isn’t pleasent to go through – GOOD LUCK ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I had it SO bad with my second… all coz i was a bit slack with holding her in the right position… they got cracked then eventually mastitis and it lasted forever!!! determined now with my 3rd and ive been making sure the whole nipple is in his mouth and i have been 9m masitis free!! when i had it it made me cry and cry in pain but i got nipple sheilds and although they were uncomfy they gave me a bit of relief ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!!! xx
  • I don’t have any ideas for you but just wanted to say best of luck and good on you for not giving up! Good luck with the birth.
  • I had it slightly with my second but my doc said just make sure you have emptied each one before starting on the next and if bub has just had a snack feed then perhaps express the leftover and freeze it .
  • When your boob get a bit hard but is not time to feed yet, express a little and massage the lumps with your knuckles until they are more comfortable. my CHN was worried about me getting it as i had an oversupply and would have massive rocks as boobs alot of the time. I’ve avoided it by taking her advice and massaging out the lumps and most times making sure i don’t let them get so hard. good luck. x
  • Try and massage each breast as bub feeds (if you start from the outside and work in towards the nipple, theโ€จMilk will flow more easily and not get blocked); try going bra-less as much as possible ( try maternity singlet tops instead); relax while you’re feeding and make sure your posture is correct ( you’d be surprised how much of a negative effect tensing your shoulders has!); express when you start feeling uncomfortable ( if bub sleeps through a feed); warm compresses can help too ( just a face washer dunked in warmโ€จWater and placed over whichever side is uncomfortable).
  • Make sure whatever side baby finishes on, they start on next feed to drain the breast. Get fitted for a bra, or wear a soft cotton sports bra.
  • Every time you feed massage the breast. Any sore spots or lumps massage in circles and push it down towards the nipple while the baby sucks, this way they remove any blockages before it gets to be a problem. I was shown and told to do this by every lactation consultant I have seen and it works, I just couldn’t continue due to supply issues but when I was shown how to do it I actually didn’t realise I had small lumpy sore spots underneath etc and all it took was that method and it never progressed in to mastitis ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck
  • I’ve just come to realize that some mothers are blessed and can breastfeed their babies with little or no concerns or complications and some mothers no matter how much they want to just aren’t able to breastfeed.. I know it upset me when I couldn’t but with the support of family I grew to accept it. I think a lot of pressure is placed on mums to breastfeed and I just wish you all the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. AvatarNatalee says:

    Apple Cider vinegar every day (has to be one that contains mother) works. I’m currently bf my third child 4 weeks old and I was determined not to get the big M but I scored it on Boxing Day and my sister told me about ACV so I have been taking it everyday ever since. Had mastitis 3 times with first and 2 times with second it is horrible but I have the antibiotics filled and in my cupboard ready on standby. I believe mothers need to find what they are good at in mothering and go with that. We couldn’t make children ourselves (IVF) and I couldn’t get them out (3x csections) but through sheer determination and huge amounts of pain I bf my first to 13 months and second to 15 months.

  2. AvatarGemma Molloy says:

    Alternating which breast you feed with first (use a bracelet/bangle etc & swap wrists each feed if you find it hard to remember or use a pin on your bra). Maybe hold your baby different ways (across the body, underarm, lying down in bed) to stimulate different parts of the breast. If you do feel like you’re coming down with mastitis I was told to put heat on before you feed, massage towards the nipple while feeding then ice or cold compress after you finish feeding. If you need to go to the doctor, see if they’ll give you a script for antibiotics to use “just in case” – that way you’ve already got the script & can get on top of it faster before it gets too bad. It’s fine to take Panadol while you’re feeding if you need to. Eat well & drink lots of fluids, water is best.

  3. Avatarqiaraau says:

    There are many tips to consider for us to prevent mastitis. But i think one of the most important thing is taking Vitamin C. We really need to take it regularly to boost our immune system. It will help us a lot.