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    Unhappy HELP-Prone to mastitis

    Help, this is my third child. The first child, I had mastitis twice. THe second child, had mastitis four times within 6 months. Keep in mind, I breast feed all of them to 13 or 14 months. And now the third, mastitis twice already in the past 6 weeks. I only seem to get it during the warm months (April - September) and never during the winter. I don't know what else to do. I've started using a pump once a day in midmorning to get the milk all out. (I am a stay at home mom). I try to nurse every three hours at least except nighttime (baby can sleep 4 to 6 hours now). My baby right now is still very sleeping. Sometimes I can't wake her to nurse when I really need too. I leak a lot so when I'm out and about I have to where bra pads just in case. During the warm summer, wearing bra pads seem to make me sweat. I'm taking extra Vitamin C. Doctor says my iron should be good now. Showering daily with clean bra daily...WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    Renee Migliorino
    Tahlequah, OKlahoma

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    Default Re: HELP-Prone to mastitis

    Oh, you poor mama! I had mastitis three times with DS and twice with DD and it's no fun. FINALLY a specialist I saw told me that I should start taking LECITHIN supplements daily to prevent plugged ducts and that really seemed to help.
    It also sounds like you may have an oversupply of milk, which can't be helping.
    There is a whole board on this forum about supply issues! Here are some links that might be helpful:
    Plugged Ducts and Mastitis
    Recurrent Plugged Ducts and Mastitis
    Forceful Let-down and Oversupply
    Best of luck to you! And welcome to the forum!

    Molly

    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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    Default Re: HELP-Prone to mastitis

    Be sure your bras are not too tight!
    What about taking probiotics to prevent infection?
    As PPer, I would check out the Too Much Milk Forum - maybe block feeding would help?

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    Default Re: HELP-Prone to mastitis

    Being prone to mastitis doesn't necessarily mean oversupply. I had mastitis 3 times within the first year of Mez's life. I learned that all three cases happened when I was very tired and very stressed out. Usually stressed because of a major fight with my husband. After I realised this, when I would start to feel my breast(s) feeling warm, I would immediately take action. Relax, go for a walk, take a nap, whatever you need to do to reduce stress. If I was having trouble with my husband, I would explain to him that I would have to pick this up when I was feeling better as I did not want another case of mastitis.

    By the way, I definitely did not have oversupply issues. Though I did leak a lot for the first year. I too had to wear nursing pads for the first year or else my shirt would get wet. Are you changing the pads often enough? I would make sure to change them very often. Also, are you using disposable breast pads? I've never used disposable breast pads, but I have used disposable menstrual pads, and when I changed to cloth menstraul pads, I noticed that they were a lot more comfortable and I didn't sweat as much.

    -Lauren

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