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Mastitis lump - how long did yours take to go?

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cherub59 Tue 14-Jun-11 08:44:20

Hi all
Am currently battling mastitis and on day 2 of antibiotics. Fever has gone, breast a lot less sore but still red and inch long lump doesn't seem to be shifting (it's in a really awkward point on my areola for baby to get to).

This is ds3, he is 3 months old and bf has always been so easy so am feeling quite miserable.

Have read kellymom and am doing everything I can to shift it. How long did your lumps take to shift?

How do I know it's not an abscess? There's no horrid stuff so assume it's not.

Really really want to keep bf this baby like I did my others!

Any advice?

mrsgordonfreeman Tue 14-Jun-11 09:57:27

Mine took a couple of weeks to go completely.

Have you tried going on all fours and feeding ds from above? My sister swears by it to clear any blockages.

Malvapoeding Tue 14-Jun-11 10:03:35

Mine took about 10 days with daily massaging it with a warm shower and combing it. I also fed from that side first at every feed for the first week.

cherub59 Tue 14-Jun-11 10:03:52

Yep tried "dangle" feeding, rugby hold even lieing upside down next to him!

cherub59 Tue 14-Jun-11 10:05:02

Haven't tried combing. Does it really work? Do you have to press hard or be quit gentle?

mrsgordonfreeman Tue 14-Jun-11 10:10:35

I tried combing a blocked duct, in the shower, I think you have to be quite firm. I have a hairbrush with wooden bristles and it seemed to work quite well.

I think an abscess is quite dramatic and very painful: it's what happens if mastitis isn't caught and treated early but obv if you're still concerned I would go back to the GP.

I hope you feel better soon.

shuffleballchange Tue 14-Jun-11 19:59:07

I had it twice with Ds2, keep feeding and massaging when you feed, also I found alternating a hot (really hot, almost painful) flannel to the affected area and massaging quite firmly. It is horrid, I have never been so ill, so you have my full sympathy.

I hope you feel better soon.

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