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Can anyone advise on whether I have mastitis or just a blocked duct?

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Gincognito Tue 16-Aug-11 17:46:21

Over the course of the day I've developed a very tender/painful nipple. I feel fluey and achey but my temp is only 37.7. Can't see any redness or milk blister.

My lovely mum is having the baby while I take a long, hot bath. I've been encouraging baby to feed and as he hasn't been that interested lately I'll express in the bath.

The sudden drop in feed frequency is definitely to blame, but when should I go to the docs?

TIA

mrsravelstein Tue 16-Aug-11 17:52:56

i would go to the doctor in the morning if you can - i generally steer clear of antibiotics if there's any way of avoiding them, but mastitis can hit you very suddenly and worsen quickly, so i would get on with the antibios sooner rather than later. i've had it a few times and only once got the red marks.

Gincognito Tue 16-Aug-11 18:39:02

Thanks mrsrav. Yes, I really try to avoid antibiotics if possible but even though my breast feels after expressing better I feel awful.

I've actually had a couple of blocked ducts before, but never with the fluey symptoms.

Tsk, the price of improved sleep! smile

Gincognito Tue 16-Aug-11 18:41:06

Oh yes, gutted because ds is 9.5 months! Thought the dark days were behind us...

mrsravelstein Tue 16-Aug-11 19:16:55

the fluey thing is a dead giveaway for mastitis in my experience. it will clear up very quickly with the antibios. hope you feel better soon.

Rubyroolocks Tue 16-Aug-11 22:04:08

Ive had mastitus twice recently due to my dd being a slow feeder and its awful. You will know when you have it and I would suggest you have the start of it and it could develop. You can massage your breasts especially if you find any lumpy parts or they have red streaks on the skin or if its tender. If you can get rid of the blocked duct it may keep mastitus at bay. And get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluid and if it develops still then get the antibiotics and you will feel better in 24 hours. Hope you feel better soon.

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