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Icy cold and shivery with breastfeeding

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Jemimapuddleduk Mon 15-Apr-13 17:18:57

Hi, I was after some advice. I have been bf''ing my 3 week old daughter and it is generally going really well. I have started expressing this week (3floz a day) as i seem to have a good supply. I am storing this in the freezer to introduce at a later date. This week my baby has also started to feed for longer (sometimes half an hour) and is cluster feeding in the late afternoon. The shivering and feeling cold has started this week. Has anyone had a similar situation, what did you do to help?

ThereGoesTheYear Mon 15-Apr-13 17:20:58

I got shivery and feverish with mastitis. Do you have a sore breast?

emalushka Mon 15-Apr-13 17:24:32

Yes. Could be the onset of mastitis, or it could be your body adapting to producing extra milk. I took paracetamol and rested in bed for 2 days and it passed. However, if your breast is sore/lumpy and red it could be mastitis. You need anti biopics to get rid of this.

emalushka Mon 15-Apr-13 17:26:07


KirstyJC Mon 15-Apr-13 17:28:54

Sounds like mastitis - keep on feeding/expressing and get to a GP for antibiotics asap.

BlingLoving Mon 15-Apr-13 17:33:20

Call your GP surgery as sounds like mastitis. Good surgeries will fit you in immdiately or first thing tomorrow. You will need antibiotics.

Jemimapuddleduk Mon 15-Apr-13 17:35:19

Thank you for your replies. Can you get mastitis without any redness or pain? My boobs feel fine and aren't lumpy at all. Will call the doctors tomorrow for an appointment. I am still not driving after emergency c section so logistics are all a bit difficult!

emalushka Mon 15-Apr-13 18:17:29

When I had mastitis, it was accompanied by sore boobs. If you are unsure, best to ask the doctor. I was told the most important thing was to carry on breast feeding as stopping would make the mastitis worse.

LilyAmaryllis Mon 15-Apr-13 18:22:07

Yes don't stop breastfeeding! I had mastitis with that "shivery" why-am-I-breastfeeding-under-2-duvets-and-wearing-a-woolly-hat feeling.

It can get worse very quickly and the cure is antibiotics so get thee to docs as soon as you can. If you can't drive due to emergency c-section they may come to you. (Just saying as got told off for actually turning up at doctors surgery for my ear infection when DS was 1 day old, they said they would have come to me!)

minipie Mon 15-Apr-13 19:29:31

if no soreness in boobs, could it be an infection somewhere else - eg in your c section scar? either way it sounds like a fever so needs checking out by dr and probably antibiotics.

dr may be willing to prescribe without seeing you.

MandragoraWurzelstock Mon 15-Apr-13 19:32:05

could you have another infection - cs for example?

MandragoraWurzelstock Mon 15-Apr-13 19:32:23

x posts!

jojane Mon 15-Apr-13 19:41:06

I would go to bed with baby (assuming no other children) and do nothing but sleep, feed baby and watch tv/read etc, don't over exert yourself and housework and visitors can wait (unless they are likely to be helpful and cook dinner, throw the Hoover around etc.
I had mastitis with one of mine and it was shivers etc, luckily dh was still off and so could look after eldest etc.

Jemimapuddleduk Mon 15-Apr-13 19:52:59

Thanks everyone. I have got a phone consultation with doctor tomorrow and if I need anti biotics my husband can pick them up on the way home from work. I am 3 and a bit weeks post c section and its been healed a while so don't think it's that.
Dosed myself up on paracetomol and ibuprofen, feeling better but now hot and sweaty!
Will continue feeding and expressing as normal

NowWhatIsit Mon 15-Apr-13 19:59:13

Glad you're feeling better. I would check your temp when paracetamol/ibuprofen worn off, if it is high I would get seen sooner - more at risk of wound infection/mastitis.

Also, sorry to be a pain but I think ibuprofen not allowed when BF. I think diclofenac/voltarol they gave me after C/S is OK though and does same thing. But I may be out of date so check!

Congratulations anyway!!

DontstepontheMomeRaths Mon 15-Apr-13 20:01:14

I always felt shivery and cold when over tired and exhausted.

I have also had mastitis though, although strangely I didn't feel shivery with that, just excruciating pain and hot.

Anyway, I hope you feel better soon Jemima and the GP can help.

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 15-Apr-13 20:01:15

A doctor needs to see you. Phone the community midwives for advice and if necessary get your dh to stay at home and take you to the doctor tomorrow. Phone OOH for advice in the meantime. Does sound like some sort of infection. With dd I didn't have much of a red patch and it was tucked right underneath but I recognised the symptoms from the awful episode with DS.

TheRealMBJ Mon 15-Apr-13 20:01:19

Sounds like breastfeeding is going really well and that you are doing a great job. well done!

Don't mean to butt but how is your c-section wound? And your calves? And discharge? Any foul smell?

It's doesn't sound at all like mastitis as you would definitely have sore breasts. Could be a wound infection, or some placenta/membrane that got left behind. Or (quite unlikely a DVT). It could also just be hormonal shifts. Are you sweating a lot?

midori1999 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:19:53

I had mastitis 11 times and each time I got a temperature/shivery then hot and sweaty when I took paracetamol/ibuprofen and each time the shivers etc happened before any breast pain or swelling.

I think it's definitely worth speaking to your GP, which you're obviously going to do, but it won't hurt to use self help measures for mastitis in the meantime.

Haggisfish Mon 15-Apr-13 20:21:01

You can take ibuprofen while breastfeeding, you're only not allowed it while pregnant becuase of small risk of heart defects. I found applying ibuprofen gel directly to the sore boob far more effective than taking pills.

BettyandDon Mon 15-Apr-13 20:25:16

I would phone OOH and get address of 24hr pharmacy ready if you are given antibiotics.

I had mastitis without redness or swelling and it was by far the most ill I ever felt and it happened really quickly. I had a temp of nearly 40C. I could not look after my baby I got so ill ( DH fed expressed milk for a day).

DontstepontheMomeRaths Mon 15-Apr-13 20:44:47

11 times? Crumbs Midori once was enough, my God it hurt.

Jemimapuddleduk Tue 16-Apr-13 20:26:21

Thanks everyone for your support and advice. Got a GP app this early eve and it is indeed mastitis. I have anti biotics. I hope that will sort it out and that it is a one off occurrence. 11 times just sounds excruciating.

DontstepontheMomeRaths Tue 16-Apr-13 20:37:53

Oh that's wonderful and even better that it was caught early thanks to mn.

Get better soon.

LilyAmaryllis Tue 16-Apr-13 21:42:45

Good luck, get well soon.

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