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Thread: Is it Mastitis?

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    Default Is it Mastitis?

    I got off to a rough start breastfeeding and have had a cracked nipple basically from the beginning, about 5 weeks ago. For the last maybe week or so I've had some periodic pain in both breasts with it getting a little worse - but not unbearable. Now today I woke up with a sore throat that has developed into a scab at the back of my throat. I've had this before and have just cleared it up with an antibiotic but it has me wondering if it, along with the pain in my breasts, could be mastitis. And, if it is, what do I do??

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    Default Re: Is it Mastitis?

    Oh no. Now I think it is thrush. LO has had a diaper rash that has gone down slightly but is still red and bumpy. I hadn't even thought of thrush because he doesn't seem to have any of the white patches/white tongue but could it be thrush without those? What do I do?

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    Default Re: Is it Mastitis?

    For the sore throat, I would definitely recommend a call to your doctor. Could be strep.

    I don't think that mastitis causes sore throats, but it can cause a feeling of "being hit by a mac truck". If you have mastitis, you know it.

    Here's some information on plugged ducts/mastitis:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/mastitis.html

    And on thrush:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html

    Your pain *could* be from the old crack. Have you seen an IBCLC? Is the latch issue solved now?

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

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