Ds is 13 months and I am recovering from my 15th bout of mastitis and im wondering if it could be because of my implants. Has anyone else got implants and has/is breastfeeding? Can I ask your experiences of feeding with implants could there be a link or is there such a thing as just being prone to getting mastitis??
I would really appreciate any advice at all thank you
I'm afraid it is possible the implants are a contributing factor. Sometimes implants can compress milk ducts and glandular tissue and that can mean it is more difficult for that area to get effectively drained. That can mean more milk than average remains in that portion of the breast, it leaks into surrounding tissue, inflammation results and a bacterial infection can come along subsequently.
In your situation, some mums find it helpful to take a lecithin supplement as it appears to change the way fat behaves in milk and makes it less 'clumpy'. This won't solve all issues of recurrent blocked ducts and mastitis but may help in some cases.
It's also important to be vigilant whenever you sense the breast changing. Lots of massage, warm compresses, frequent drainage and different positions. It can also help to massage the affected area with an electric toothbrush.
In some cases, what appears to be a new case of mastitis is actually an unresolved case flaring up so it can be worth asking for a swab from the doctor to identify the bacteria responsible and getting the most effective antibiotic prescribed.