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Thread: Could this be how I got mastitis?

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    Default Could this be how I got mastitis?

    Ok I got to thinking--My first mistake!

    I have gotten some bad advise from my LC (no longer my LC) and one of the things she told me is.... "Because you have OALD you can apply a little pressure to the breast durring let down to prevent spraying/leaking." well Like a dummy I have been doing this. Could this be how my duct got plugged to begin with? I wasnt allowed to fully letdown and leak out the extra so it backed up??

    I also noticed while pumping that my left side (the one with mastitis) only sprays from 1 hole when my right side sprays from 4-5 holes. How do I get it to spray more? I have massages, been taking RX, soaked in warm/hot water etc.

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    Default Re: Could this be how I got mastitis?

    could be... like you said don't think so much! lots of things can agravate plugs and such.
    have you seen this link? that might help too
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...-mastitis.html

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    Default Re: Could this be how I got mastitis?

    I should rephrase that. She told me to apply pressure to my NIPPLE not my breast.

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    Default Re: Could this be how I got mastitis?

    You may have already seen this but I will post it for you just in case!

    Breast Problems and Pain

    There some info there on how to unclog ducts and info on mastitis.

    While applying pressure to the nipple does help you to not leak, is usually not something you want to do in the early days or if you have any problems with engorgement or supply.
    It's possible that's what caused the plugged ducts but hard to say, I'm sure you've stopped doing it for now!
    I hope you feel better soon mama, this has been a really rough start for you!
    Jessica
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    Default Re: Could this be how I got mastitis?

    If it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!

    But dispite all we have been through we are on week 6 with no formula!

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    Default Re: Could this be how I got mastitis?

    Thats terrific you are so dedicated!!!!
    I have had mastitis and I understand how hard it is to bf while in that much pain. How are you feeling now?

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    Default Re: Could this be how I got mastitis?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mommyofmyboys View Post
    If it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!

    But dispite all we have been through we are on week 6 with no formula!
    Your doing an awesome job mama!
    Jessica
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    Breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day.

    Visit LLL of Ashburn PM's Blog!

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