Re: I’m having repeated breast infections and nothing seems to work to fix them for good. How can I fix breast infections for good?
To treat any reccuring breastfeeding problem, it is most benificial to know what are the risk factors and causes of the problem and then take steps to alleviate them and thereby eliminating the reccurance. The underlying cause of mastitis is the pooling of milk within the breast, which leads to inflammation and eventually infection. Poor removal of milk can be caused by a variety of factors such as limiting the time that baby spends at the breast, skipping feedings, a plugged duct, or even oversupply. Infection caused by cracked, bleeding nipples due to poor latch-on technique may also cause a mastitis to develop. Finally, stress, fatigue, anemia, or a weakened immune system may cause a mom to feel run-down and become susceptible to a breast infection. After addressing the predisposing factors leading to the recurrent mastitis, the treatment should begin as soon as the symptoms are present. Soak your breast in a bowl of very warm (don’t burn yourself) water and gently massage the breast. Immediately breastfeed on the affected breast first, utilizing breast massage during the feeding to try to help in milk removal. Some moms use a hospital-grade breast pump after feeding their baby to help ensure complete drainage of milk from the breast. A cold compress applied to the breast after the feeding will help with any additional inflammation and subsequent pain. Since fatigue is both a symptom and cause of mastitis, it is essential that moms get some extra rest, keep their fluids and nutrition balanced, and get some help while they are recovering from mastitis. If symptoms persist, contact a healthcare professional.