If you are experiencing any of the following accompanied by a fever, headache, and body aches, contact your doctor immediately.
- a red, swollen area on your breast that may feel hot and painful to touch.
- a breast lump or area of hardness on your breast.
- a burning pain in your breast that may be continuous, or may only occur when you are breastfeeding.
- nipple discharge, which may be white or contain streaks of blood
In breastfeeding women, mastitis is often caused by a build-up of milk within the breast. This is known as milk stasis.
Milk stasis can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- a baby not properly attaching to the breast during feeding
- a baby having problems sucking
- infrequent feeds or missing feeds
In non-breastfeeding women, mastitis most often occurs when the breast becomes infected as a result of damage to the nipple, such as a cracked or sore nipple, or a nipple piercing.
It is critical that you take care of yourself during the postnatal period. There is so much focus on caring for baby that moms so often forget how import it is to replenish their own bodies. Timing time out for yourself occasionally allows your to give 100%
Imagine yourself as jug full of water filling glasses until you are empty. You have to go to the tap and refill before you can give again. What is it that refills you? Make time to be refilled in your schedule regularly!