Re: PLEASE HELP.....
Plugged ducts can have various causes, including:
- a poorly fitted bra
- a baby who is changing her latch
- a nipple blister
- a mama who is prone to plugs
What you should do:
- Moist heat
- Examine nipple skin for a bleb or blister (you might need to pick at the skin overgrowth to clear the pore- don't be afraid to come back and ask for instructions on how to do this)
- Offer the affected breast first- babies suckle most effectively at the beginning of feedings, when they are hungry
- ETA: If baby isn't clearing the plug, you may want to pump
While plugged ducts can be painful, you should not treat with antibiotics unless you see some or all of the following symptoms:
- aches and pains
- red patches or streaks on the skin of the breast
At this point, I strongly suggest seeing your doctor or midwife. Unless you have a medical degree you should not self-prescribe antibiotics, for the following reasons:
- antibiotics may not be the appropriate treatment for your illness
- if antibiotics are called for, you still may be self-medicating with the wrong antibiotic
- if the bottle has been lying around the house for a while, the drug may have expired or lost potency
- if the bottle isn't all the way full, that means that someone in your house stopped a course of antibiotics earlier than they should have, and that's a great way to end up harboring a resistant strain of bacteria that will not respond to antibiotics (think MRSA)
- if the bottle isn't all the way full, you won't be able to take a full course of the antibiotic yourself, which can leave you with a resistant, difficult-to-treat infection
More on antibiotic resistance from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/index.html
Last edited by @llli*mommal; May 6th, 2011 at 05:46 AM.
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