My Boobies Hurt (Not a debate)

Kate CP - posted on 03/13/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I'm pretty sure I'm getting mastitis in both my breasts. It's already established in my right boob and it's starting to flair up in my left. It just popped up today. I woke up this morning and went "Ow, my boob hurts" and now 12 hours later my breasts are hot and tender to the touch and red. Yes, I'm still nursing on both sides and I'm going to see the doctor tomorrow. In the meantime...what can I do at home to make the pain and swelling go away and maybe make nursing not quite so agonizing?

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Bexterwhite - posted on 03/16/2011

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I allways use the homeopathic remedy pulsatilla, it has allway's worked for me, and cabadge leaves untill it kicks in[ 24 hours]

Minnie - posted on 03/15/2011

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Yay!

Much of engorgement has to do with blood and interstitial fluids collecting in the breast- it's not just milk. So while you may produce a little more as long as it is being removed and flowing efficiently it probably won't create too many problems. And then some block feeding should regulate it again.

Make sure to keep resting! That is important so that it doesn't return.

Kate CP - posted on 03/15/2011

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Went to the doctor and he gave me Keflex. The pain is getting a lot better and I'm still nursing through it...even though the good doctor told me to pump and dump on the infected side. Whatever. Anyway...been massaging and expressing as much as I can but I'm also trying to not stimulate more production as I've already gone through the whole engorgement-thing because I made too much milk at first. I bought some cabbage and if I get engorged or I start to get really uncomfortable I'll try a few leaves out. Thanks for the advice, ladies! :)

Kate CP - posted on 03/15/2011

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Went to the doctor and he gave me Keflex. The pain is getting a lot better and I'm still nursing through it...even though the good doctor told me to pump and dump on the infected side. Whatever. Anyway...been massaging and expressing as much as I can but I'm also trying to not stimulate more production as I've already gone through the whole engorgement-thing because I made too much milk at first. I bought some cabbage and if I get engorged or I start to get really uncomfortable I'll try a few leaves out. Thanks for the advice, ladies! :)

Lady Heather - posted on 03/14/2011

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I did the cabbage leaves thing. It helped. I fed the wilted leaves to my rats. They thought it was awesome. But I had waaaay too much milk at the time so it made sense for me. They always came out soaked. Gross.

Sorry for the boob pain. I remember it well.

Minnie - posted on 03/13/2011

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Yep. I would caution against using cabbage leaves for soothing measures- unless you are experiencing oversupply or engorgement. They do appear to have the ability to reduce milk production. Rather, use cold compresses, infused with rosemary.

Mel - posted on 03/13/2011

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no its not just for relief it dries up your milk got told by Jo stredd once on facebook when someone told me to use them to help with the pain and we looked it up and found she was correct.

Nikki - posted on 03/13/2011

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@ Melissa people use cabbage leaves when they are trying to dry up their milk because it provides relief if your breasts are engorged not to dry up the milk.

Minnie - posted on 03/13/2011

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In addition to frequent milk removal, soaking your breasts in warm water for ten minutes prior to nursing can help loosen things up. Massage them from top down toward the nipple afterwards. Breast compression while nursing will help drain your breasts as much as possible.



Mastitis often rears its ugly head when a mother is under the weather. Getting as much rest as possible is very important- don't do anything other than lying around, eating, using the bathroom and nursing.



Raw garlic is a great natural antibiotic. 4-5 cloves per day. They'll make your skin stink, but they work really well. Ibuprofen can help with inflammation and fever.



If your doctor does prescribe an antibiotic, you CAN nurse through it. Temporary weaning could make things much worse.



I hope this clears up for you soon, Kate! You must be so uncomfortable.

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Take paracetamol/acetaminophen (panadol/tylenol) if you can to reduce fever and aches.

Hope you feel better soon.

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cabbage leaves (if you have them) wrapped around the breast.



make sure baby 'drains each breast as much as possible before offering the next, try feeding baby in as many different positions as possible with each different feed (cradle hold, football hold, side lying down, sitting baby up) basically different positions of baby's mouth/suction around the nipple will help drain different ducts and all areas of the breast.



hot packs or a hot shower with water directed onto the breasts before a feed (again helps drain the ducts), then cold packs after.



offer breast as much as possible, increase feedings if baby will accept.



rest up as much as you can, drink adequate water.



take acidophilus if you have it or eat unsweetened yoghurt.

Ez - posted on 03/13/2011

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I was going to suggest the frozen nappies too. It won't solve the problem, but will relieve some of the pain and inflammation until you get to the doc. Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 03/13/2011

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Wet some nappies and stick them in the freezer. Newborn nappies tuck nicely around your boobs and are a great relief. However I was told after mine cleared up to use hot compress' from a nurse, not sure which is best to use? My mum swears by cabbage leaves in your bra, I never tried that one however when I had it. Make sure they are cold and replace them when they start to wilt. Nurse for as long as you can, as often as you can. My doctor told me to take panadol which is safe whilst breast feeding, I think tylanol is the equivalent in the US? Get some sleep and try to take some you time, your immune system has to work harder when you are tired and run down. Good luck, it's not much fun xx

Mel - posted on 03/13/2011

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Ive been told the only way to get rid of mastitis is to breast feed but Ive also been told thats really painful. I thought I had mastitisa few times I got sore when paige was newborn and had the red marks and everything but I think it turned out to be a blocked duct and I just had to feed lots on that side

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