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Mastitis question

currently going through my third round of mastitis and have no idea what is causing it. Went to the doctor today and was given an rx for antibiotics. I would really like to avoid taking these as they would wipe out my 9 week old and 2 year old's gut flora. They have never had antibiotics and I would like to keep it that way! I just started loading up on probiotics and garlic supplements today but I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do.
Also the doctor suggested that I pump after I feed to completely empty the breast, but wouldn't this just make my oversupply worse? I can usually only get LO to take one side per feed. He gets really angry if I offer the other side.
Help!
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Re: Mastitis question

  • edited November 2014
    Do you get cracked and bleeding nipples? Usually mastitis is caused by bacterias in the baby's mouth that goes inside the wounds and cause the infection... I had 3 mastitis with my first!!! Always after having cracks on my nipples! With my second... No mastitis!!
  • No my nipples are completly fine, and though I have oversupply issues this always seems to happen when I'm empty.. I feel some tenderness in an area and then it just gets worse.
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  • If you have mastitis, IMO, you  need to take the antibiotics and not worry about the gut flora. Mastitis can become serious quickly if not taken care of. 
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  • I have had the exact same problem as you and am currently weaning. I'm so sorry you are going through this:(! If you are getting mastitis you absolutely have to take antibiotics. Don't mess around with that. 

    However, you have to solve your oversupply problem which is likely leading to mastitis. I am currently drinking sage tea about 5 x/day and using cabbage leaves. It has definitely helped. I have also found someone in my area that uses ultrasound to relieve plugged ducts - that helped a ton! If you have someone in your area that does that, I highly highly recommend it. 
  • I'm wondering if my supply will regulate more at 12 weeks pp? I'm nervous about trying to decrease it now because I'm going back to school in a few months and will have to pump more than once a day which I currently do.
    Also some people have mentioned the possibility of LO having a tongue tie which could be causing all of this. Anyone else have any experience with that?

    It's been two days now and I don't have body aches anymore but still a bit of tenderness in the breast. It has gotten way better so I'm wondering if the antibiotics would still be necessary. I never had a fever so I doubt I had a bacterial infection.
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    Aidan Russell 8/7/12
    missed m/c 8w6d 11/1/13
    Shane Ryan 8/25/14
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  • I also have an oversupply and just the other day I started getting a fever and noticed the red on my right side along with the pain. I made sure my LO kept nursing on that side and would just pump the other when he would finish, but the thing that I found helped the most was drinking pineapple juice. 100%, not from concentrate, pineapple juice. It was the only thing that I did differently this time around and I was able to avoid taking the antibiotics. The first time I had to take the antibiotics. Mine cleared up just a few hours after I started drinking the juice. Another thing I also do, when I feel my letdown, I check right away for any spots that seem hard and try and rub out the clogged duct. I've helped unclog some ducts that way. Hope this helps!
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