pregnant and fears of not being able to breasfeed again

Katie - posted on 12/13/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My fiancée and I habe just found out we are expecting our first child together (his first and my fourth) I had mastitis with my third child when she was 3 weeks old and struggled to 7 weeks and had to give up. I first got it in the right boob then when I got antibiotics it gave me thrush on both nipple...mainly through transfer from baby which then led to mastitis on both boobs. That was nearly 8 years ago and im now worried that it will return and I will not be able to breastfeed. Mli struggled emotionally with having to quit breastfeeding as my mum at the time had just had a mastectomy and now this time round she is no longer here. I worry I won't be able to breasfeed as it is so important to me to do so.

Can any other mothers out there who have had mastitis help on whether it will return or how to prevent it from returning.

I know ive got a long way to go as im only 5 weeks but I need to start preparing now if I can't breastfeed (mentally prepare)

Thanks mums x

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Lori - posted on 12/13/2013

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OK - so I haven't dealt personally with mastitis. But I do know a couple of things.
First: Each baby breastfeeds differently. Just because you struggled with one, does not mean you will have the same difficulties with the next one. (and unfortunately vise versa is also true: just because it was easy the first time does not mean it will automatically be easy the next time).
There are some things you can do to get breastfeeding off to a good start, and a few things you can do to help prevent mastitis. Take the time to read through these articles and see what info pertains to you.

http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/bf...
http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/r...
http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/m...
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases...

And finally: Find a local la leche league or other breastfeeding support group. Your OBGYN may be able to direct you to one if you can't find one. Start going to meetings BEFORE your baby is born.

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