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Think I'm having the beginning of fever n shivers due to engorged breasts...can I take medication if I want to continue pumping milk?
It might b mastitis you r having. Any blocked ducts? If there is then you need to clear them too.. you can go to gp too but tell them you r bfding cos mastitis may require you to b on antibiotics. Normal panadol is safe for bfding..
Try feeding baby directly as frequently as possible to clear the milk.
And pump often.
Check for blocks duct and milk bleb (pimple-like white spot on nipple)
Try using cabbage leaves to relieve engorgement. Read details here: Review: Cabbage Leaves (To Relief Engorgement) | Mummy's Reviews
thanks so much for all your concern. Have taken few doses of panadol n high fever has subsided. Now only have headache, some soreness n redness on breasts. Can't seem to pump out much milk as breasts still too sore to massage to squeeze out milk, also I dont't want to squeeze too hard lest my fever recur again. Correct way??
Have put on cabbage as well...really did work...feels better but only for awhile. Then my breasts very hot again. At most can only put the cabbage for 10-15 mins right?
Have you tried latching baby on more often? Personally, I find baby the best way to remove the milk. When engorged, I could hardly pump much.
I've used cabbage leaves for a several hours to relieve the engorgement, mainly to prevent fever and infection (mastitis). It's also important to find out cause of engorgement: too much supply vs demand, baby's sleepy, milk bleb, etc.
it cld be due to mastitis. i hd a fever n shivers sometime back too. went to doc. give me stt for fever. but i tnk he doesnt know is mastitis. i found tis thingy on website. did call breastfeedin hotline line. she ask me to use a bottle. fill w/ warm water, wrap w towel n compress. it wrks. try not to use cabbage, coz it might cause your mlik supply to go drop. e soreness n engorged oli happen on one side of your breast rite? e most effective way is to let your baby latch on more n pump out too. must try to clear e blockage. hope its help...
Yeah, engorgement only on one side. I have problems with latching on due to flat nipples n that's why doing pumping more. In fact, suspect maybe due to past few days baby latch on n suckling too hard n painful (due to very little milk) caused cracked n sore nipples...perhaps infection set in due to that...though not really sure if that's really the cause.
By the way, any mummies know where to buy those hot pack compress that are meant for breastfeeding use? Been trying to find so that I dont't have to keep using hot towels to warm my breasts before pumping
Engorgement happens to whole breast, and most often, both breasts at the same time. Blocked ducts is localised, eg part of one breast. The treatment is thus different. Cold compress (eg cabbage) for engorgement and hot compress treatment for blocked ducts.
when i had blocked ducts and fever previously, i did hot compress (with very hot towel), took a hot shower and keep massaging, and then quickly latch on baby to nurse and nurse. babies' suckling is tops for clearing blocked ducts.
if your mastitis or blocked ducts keep recurring, you and your baby will both need a more thorough check. the fungal infection could occur in either of you and spread both ways, so sometimes both mummy and baby may need to be treated concurrently.
Tandem nursing 31mo Korkor and 10mo Didi!
Baby's mouth should cover almost whole aerola, lips flare out, tongue massaging the aerola to get the milk. If baby doesn't learn to latch on properly, he can't get milk so will be impatient. Try to latch him on at first sign of hunger such as rooting so that he has more patience. Both Mum & baby needs time to learn to get it right.
Also, if baby gets used to drinking from bottle early, he could be impatient when latched on to wait for let-down reflex. Drinking from bottle makes drinking milk too easy. Breastfeeding needs baby to learn to be "hardworking" to get his milk. That's why in first 6 weeks, if need to feed EBM, spoon, syringe or cup-feeding is recommended over bottle teat.
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