Please help - Mastitis? I'm not really coping.

(20 Posts)
Marcheline Tue 19-Mar-13 15:24:24

I feel absolutely horrendous. Hot and cold, shaky and really achy with a horrible headache. My mum has amazingly come over and has the baby while I am just feeding and then goig back to bed, but I've been feeling worse and worse all day.

I've always had a LOT of milk and problems with engorgement and a fast flow, but haven't felt like this before. Though it's entirely possible that I just feel like shit and am really run down.

I suppose I just want a bit of a whinge while I have a little weep.

DD2 has been rather out of sorts too, very fussy and distressed / vomiting a lot. I think the milk is rather too fast for her and gives her terrible wind.

Can someone please tell me it will get better? What can I do? I just feel like giving up and am terrified of PND rearing it's ugly head.

Marcheline Tue 19-Mar-13 15:26:02

So sorry, just read that back and it's just a load of self indulgent whining!

I feel like I should be coping better than this, it's a bit pathetic really.

stargirl1701 Tue 19-Mar-13 15:26:03

It sounds like mastitis. Please call your GP now and speak to a doc or a nurse practitioner. You need antibiotics. And, lots of rest!

Marcheline Tue 19-Mar-13 15:27:51

If I keep draining my breasts could it clear up? I never got it with DD1.

stargirl1701 Tue 19-Mar-13 15:31:35

You need to do both. I have only had infective mastitis which is a little different but you need to clear the blockage. Massage in the shower may help. Kellymom online might have more ideas.

Someone else, with more knowledge, will be along shortly. Make the call in the meantime.

marzipananimal Tue 19-Mar-13 15:34:31

It can clear on its own but as you're feeling so poorly I'd get antibiotics. Have a look at the mastitis page on kellymom.com Take paracetamol and ibuprofen and rest as much as poss. Also have a look at kellymom for dealing with oversupply.
You have my sympathy. I'm an experienced mastitis sufferer and it's grim, but ABs work quickly so you shouldn't have it for long

pramdunce Tue 19-Mar-13 15:38:22

Get an urgent appointment, don't wait. Even call the ooh doc. Mastitis is horrible and you'll feel very unwell without antibiotics.

Marcheline Tue 19-Mar-13 15:38:50

Thank you, I'll call the dr. Was feeling a bit silly about it all, like o was being melodramatic. But if ABs are the way to go, I'll get them tomorrow.

stargirl1701 Tue 19-Mar-13 15:39:24

You really need them today.

Marcheline Tue 19-Mar-13 15:39:59

ReAlly pram? Is it that urgent? Had no idea. Will call now and try to get past the dragon receptionist.

sleepyhead Tue 19-Mar-13 15:42:24

You also need to start taking ibuprofen now. It's anti-inflammatory so does more than just act as a pain killer, plus continue feeding regularly, plus if you can identify a blocked/inflammed area on your breast you might want to start acting to try to drain that - hot/cold compresses good, also combing the breast.

But yes, doctor this afternoon.

sleepyhead Tue 19-Mar-13 15:44:15

Btw, if you can't identify a sore/blocked area it could be that you have a bug that's not related to bf, but as you are bf and have had problems with oversupply it's absolutely right to err on the side of caution.

stargirl1701 Tue 19-Mar-13 15:44:56

With my infective mastitis I ended up in hospital for 8 days on 3 different IV ABs. I didn't realise how ill I was and it developed into blood poisoning.

marzipananimal Tue 19-Mar-13 15:46:15

Yes I've called OOH doctors before for mastitis. The sooner you start taking ABs the better. Just be aware that you are supposed to get 10-14 days worth of tablets. Lots of GPs don't know this and only prescribe 7 days

TantieTowie Tue 19-Mar-13 15:47:49

Antibiotics is definitely the way to go - you'll feel like you've got flu till you have them and it'll only get worse overnight. Go to the doctor now and you won't end up at an out-of-hours clinic (like I did!)

pramdunce Tue 19-Mar-13 15:48:07

Ive had it 4 times with 2 dc and twice called the ooh. The first time I had it I was actually delerious blush They'll definately see you today

RedKites Tue 19-Mar-13 15:57:44

Kellymom has advice on when antibiotics are required (as well as other things which can help). When I have told my GP receptionist that I am a breastfeeding mum with mastitis symptoms, they have agreed that it is urgent and got me a same day appointment, so hopefully yours will be sympathetic.

Marcheline Tue 19-Mar-13 16:03:52

Thank you all, I phoned straight away and am waiting for a call bakck from the GP. I have two sore areas, in the same place on each breast (underneath armpit) so mastitis seems likely from the info on Kellymom.

Really hope I get a call back soon, I imagine they shut at 5pm and it will take 15 mins to get there.

stargirl1701 Tue 19-Mar-13 23:32:46

I hope you are feeling better OP.

INeverSaidThat Tue 19-Mar-13 23:50:26

Hope you have you AB's now (if that is what thedoctorsaidyou needed smile )
I got mastitis each time I started breastfeeding and each time I stopped. So six times sad. I never had any other problems with breastfeeding so itdidn't putme off but, I knew, the second I started to feel ill I would get AB's as a matter of urgency. Usually I am a stoic, never visit the doctor type of person but for mastitis I seemed to need drugs.

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