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Mastitis?? Please help :(

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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Hi mamas,

So I'm not sure if I have mastitis or what, but I can't afford to see a doctor, so I was hoping u might have some ideas?

My almost 8 mo old is exclusively breastfed and everything has been great until now... my left side hurts Soooooo bad, just to touch it feels like someone is raking a knife through it. It's hard and lumpy and hot (but nor sure if its because of my fever) or not? My fever jumped from 101 to almost 103 in about 5 minutes. And I have a splitting headache and my whole body hurts.

Any ideas what it is or what I can do? I'm not big fan of medication just FYI.

Thanks so much!!
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by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:26 PM


Mastitis: a non-antibiotic treatment

  • Take mom's and baby's clothes off, get into bed and nurse, nurse, nurse (mastitis appears to be the body's way of telling mom to SLOW DOWN). Get as much rest as possible.
  • Between feedings, use a cold compress on the breast to help with any inflammation. Some moms use hot compresses directly before nursing, but others prefer to stick to the cold. Compresses/poultices that can be helpful:
    • Make a rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) infusion: to make an infusion, add 2-4 teaspoons of fresh or dried rosemary to a cup of boiling water. Infuse (steep) for 10 minutes, then strain.
    • Use a fenugreek seed poultice;
    • Make a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) compress: boil about an ounce of minced dandelion root in two to three cups of water until only half the liquid remains; use compresses of the resulting brew.
  • When your baby nurses on the affected side (use that side first), massage the breast towards the nipple. Massage the breast often during feedings and between feedings to help loosen the plugged area.
  • If there is a fever, mom can take
    • Raw garlic - At least 2-3 raw cloves per day, 4-5 cloves a day if possible. Chop a clove into 5 or 6 pieces and then swallow the pieces whole like pills.

      Raw garlic acts as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, without the added antibiotic side effects of the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, or the development of yeast infections or thrush. The antimicrobial property in garlic, allicin, is very sensitive to heat and is destroyed when cooked. In order for it to work, it needs to be raw. Swallowing the cloves with orange juice helps with the taste for some. Allicin is also what gives garlic its pungent odor, so the deodorized garlic capsules that some companies offer are essentially useless, if they are being taken for the antimicrobial properties. However, deodorized garlic is still beneficial for its blood pressure reducing properties and for stimulating the immune system.

    • Tincture of echinacea, 3-4 times/day
    • Tincture of Oregon grape root, 3-4 times a day
    • Vitamin C (3000-5000 mg/day megadose)
    • Another option: Mix a dropperful of echinacea tincture, three cloves of raw garlic and four to six ounces of carrot juice in a blender and drink the mixture every two hours.
  • A very warm shower can help - let the water just run over your breast.
  • You can also take ibuprofen, which will help with inflammation and pain.  If the mastitis does not improve or gets worse after using this treatment for 24-48 hours, contact your doctor - you may need antibiotic treatment.

More information on treating mastitis can be found here: Mastitis and Plugged Ducts

Missi....loving wife to Jason, mommy to Ricky & Logan.  I'm a cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding till baby wants to quit, homeschooling, non-circumcising, anti-cry it out, part time working, animal loving, trashy romance novel reading, farm raised hillbilly.  I have had Meningitis and Swine Flu and lived to tell about it.  Any questions?

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Try warm compresses with a warm damp washcloth.  Hop in shower and see if water hitting the sore area would help.    If the pain gets much worse may be a severe case which can only be treated by the doctor.

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