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Mastitis July 15, 2005 12:37 PM

My cousin (who is like a sister to me) was recently in the ER for mastitis.  About two weeks ago she decided to start the weaning process for her 11 month old son.  She cut back one day time feeding. 

Flash forward to this week.  The heat, humidity, a 8 year old at home all day, and an 11 month old, and no air conditioning.

She spiked such a fever, and had such a lump that her husband forced her to go to the ER.  There she got an IV, and an hour long nap by herself in a dark, air conditioned room.  That helped considerably!

What I want to know is what advice I can share with her to help avoid that again.  She said that she had the same thing happen when she started to wean her oldest son, but there wasn't much that she did about it back then.  She was young, alone, and uninsured back then.  I figured you lovely ladies have some rememdies that I could share!  Thank you a million times over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 August 05, 2005 11:30 AM

Hi!  This thread seems to be old, but I thought I'd share my experiences....  I have Crohns Disease so I dehydrate easily & I've had mastitis about a dozen times in the 3 years I've nursed my daughter!  What helps?  These tips are collected from Drs & LLL:

  • WATER INTAKE
  • HOT COMPRESS
  • MASSAGE THE AFFECTED AREA - outside towards the middle (not too hard, but it's painful enough as it is)
  • NURSE ON THE AFFECTED SIDE 1ST
  • PUMP WHILE NURSING
  • WHITE CABAGE LEAF COMRESS

Not sure why the cabbage works, but it has consistently proved beneficial for me.  I find also that combining any of these at once is helpful - nursing while massaging and/or using a hot compress....

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