engorgement-update its mastitis

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engorgement-update its mastitis

Postby CaelaCoo » 07 Mar 2015, 18:27

:( :( :(

I tried for at least 48 hours to breast feed baby c but in the end i gave up because he was getting increasingly frustrated and refused to stay latched,leaving me sore and upset myself. I don't feel like a failure as as soon as he had some bottle he settled almost immediately.

However I am now in so much agony and most advice seems to be for breast feeding mothers. Has anyone got any tips?

They are rock hard and burning hot at the moment.

All the midwife said this morning is don't touch and take painkillers but there must be something that can be even the tiniest relief.

Help!
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Re: engorgement

Postby t&n's mummy » 07 Mar 2015, 18:40

Savoy cabbage... Keep in the fridge so is cold, put a leaf inside your bra. Sympathy, that sounds really tough, do you know a good be counsellor locally who can come and help you, if you want the help of course?
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Re: engorgement

Postby Turtle'sMammy » 07 Mar 2015, 19:28

Cabbage in bra.
Peppermint tea is supposed to dry up milk.
Hot shower and express a little, just a little, to ease the pressure.

If, if, you want to try to BF again, I would express in the shower, because it's hard to latch onto a rock, give baby c some formula. Not enough to make him sleepy. And then try again.
But you don't have to.
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Re: engorgement

Postby Kitcameron » 07 Mar 2015, 19:37

Why did the midwife say not to touch? I'd have thought some massage, a hot shower and expressing a bit would help. That's what I did when I had engorgement issues after SM suddenly stopped feeding. You don't want to express too much out cos you don't want your body thinking it needs to provide more milk to replace what's lost, but you do need to get some out so you don't end up with blocked ducts and mastitis.

Or you could always express as much as you can and feed baby C that in his bottle. You'll not get out enough to equal all the feeds he needs, so it'd be mixed feeding, and it'd take longer for your boobs to adjust, but you'd get rid of more milk at a time and reduce the engorged feeling quicker. Does that make sense? eg, body currently producing 200ml milk say, you express 100ml so body then only produces 100ml, that should help you feel much less engorged and once that pattern is established you can drop to expressing 50ml milk if you want to cut down how much you express and so on until he's just on formula. Or you could keep expressing milk to feed him if you're happy to do that and can find time with a newborn and toddler.
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Re: engorgement

Postby babydsmummy » 07 Mar 2015, 20:25

I remember this feeling well but it did pass fairly quickly. I didn't express at all as far as I could help ( I seem to remember dripping into the shower!!). I just kept a bra on at all times and within a few days they had settled down. ((()))
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Re: engorgement

Postby CaelaCoo » 08 Mar 2015, 09:37

Thanx everyone, it is starting to go down now.

Had a lovely bath where I just dripped everywhere but it seems to have helped. The tops feel softer,its just the bottom half.

Really makes me in awe for the mothers who push through to keep breast feeding. I genuinely couldn't do it
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Re: engorgement

Postby t&n's mummy » 08 Mar 2015, 10:32

Don't be mean to yourself, I don't think many people have all that to get through, I certainly didn't xx
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Re: engorgement

Postby CaelaCoo » 10 Mar 2015, 19:52

Its getting worse again :(

As soon as I take my bra off its just dripping everywhere. They are all hard again, hot to the touch and really pins and needley.

I find it painful to sleep on my side with them.
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Re: engorgement

Postby Treeb » 10 Mar 2015, 20:21

((((CC))))

That sounds really painful/uncomfortable! You mentioned the bath really helped, so I would think more baths or hot showers (perhaps with expressing a tiny bit) might help it go down a little again.

I think that certain cold medicines/decongestants are supposed to dry up milk, though I don't know specifically what type. Peppermint tea too, which I think has already been mentioned.

If they start getting really red and sore your might want to get in to see the dr. as there is a chance of it turning into an infection/mastitis.
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Re: engorgement

Postby Turtle'sMammy » 10 Mar 2015, 20:37

Oh, yes. Any decongestants. Basically anything designed to dry up snot.
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Re: engorgement

Postby EnigmaFish » 11 Mar 2015, 00:16

Check the kellymom website, as I know they had a section on oversupply. I didn't pay much attention as I tend towards the opposite problem, but I seem to remember sage was one thing mentioned.
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Re: engorgement

Postby Violet_Cue » 11 Mar 2015, 04:11

http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/engorgement/ :) - near the bottom mentions cabbage for drying up.

Also, how is your swelling in general? Is it possible some is Edema? Are you getting enough fluids?
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Re: engorgement-update its mastitis

Postby CaelaCoo » 11 Mar 2015, 18:22

Been to the doctors today and its been diagnosed as mastitis. Been given some antibiotics to take and told to alternate between paracetamol and ibuprofen. Fingers crossed this will work
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Re: engorgement-update its mastitis

Postby Turtle'sMammy » 11 Mar 2015, 19:12

Did they give you anything to dry up the milk? There's something available on prescription. I forget what it's called.
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Re: engorgement-update its mastitis

Postby CaelaCoo » 11 Mar 2015, 19:36

No they didn't...will gave to collar them for it if it doesn't get better asap
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