Re: Mastitis again?? Not sure.....
The redness over the clogged area could certainly indicate the beginning stages of mastitis. So stay alert for additional symptoms (fever, chills, aches, pains, malaise, spreading redness). If you see any of those, it may be time to see the doc.
It is very possible to treat mastitis without resorting to the doc. The key to treatment is to remove as much milk from the affected area as possible as often as possible. So, try the following:
- moist heat (immerse breast in a warm bath, take lots of showers, use a wet washcloth on the nipple and breast)
- frequent nursing or pumping is baby is not nursing well
- vary your nursing/pumping position
- check your nipple for any blisters or clogged areas- you may be able to see a whitish bubble or dot over the opening of a duct, and sometimes if you pick at that with a sterile needle (I know, ouch!) you can open it up and get things flowing again
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