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The Low Down On Mastitis

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

I have recently given birth to my second child and he will have all kinds of buddies!! I have heard there is a baby boom this year and wow do I believe that! In our small town (pop. around 12 thousand), there was 39 due dates in April... one of those happened to be a relative and she did not have a very smooth first few weeks. In one word, Mastitis!

As a mother to a new born, most women will try and nurse. Unfortunately nursing may not go as planned. For starters, not every women can nurse, not every women wants to nurse, and if you are able to, Mastitis can be a set back you were not planning on.

Mastitis, what is it? An infection of the breast tissue from a normally occurring skin bacteria

How do you get it? The bacteria enter your body through a crack or break in the skin, like a new nursing nipple.

Treatment? Antibiotics. In severe cases an abscess may form and need to be drained with a needle.

This is where I come in, as an ultrasound tech I have only seen cases of severe mastitis. Where the breast is so red and inflamed the air hurts it, let alone putting my gel and ultrasound probe on it. Why do some women get an ultrasound? To see if an abscess has formed under the skin. So yes, as much pain as they are in, if an abscess is there... we are now going to stick a needle in there too! Women are troopers! Not to forget this is an infection, so not only is the breast tender and painful, but the symptoms of the infection will probably be making you sicker than a dog as well.

Not every case of Mastitis progresses this far, most are caught well before this stage. Why some are not caught earlier is as unique as each of us. Some women explain that they've been told nursing hurts at the beginning so they keep pushing forward.

Ways to avoid getting Mastitis: Since the bacteria enters through cracked nipples, use whatever cream your doctor recommends to heal the cracks (Lansinoh is great!!). If your nipples are taking a beating, keep the area as clean as possible (I know, common sense!) Check with your doctor as to whether or not they want you to continue nursing, most will say you should.

So along with everything else you are learning, keeping track of and trying to remember to do, keep in mind that you have to take care of yourself too! yes nursing hurts for some of us, but if you feel that it is not going as it should, talk to someone (doctor, midwife, doola, nursing expert) who will have the answers you are needing.

Being a mother is a wonderful journey, enjoy!

Please leave any comments, we love to hear from you!

Marla is a wife and mother to two little boys. She writes about what is going on in her life and what she feels passionate about. She enjoys communicating with and sharing stories with other parents she meets through her blog, She is a registered xray and ultrasound technologist and is working part time at her local hospital. As well as being a wife, mother and professional her days are filled with friends, blogging and living life! Visit her at and connect there.

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