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Can you have mastitis without the lumps ?

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4andnotout Sat 26-Sep-09 16:56:26

I have been bfing dd4 for 11 months, last night i started to feel fluey, woke up in the night with high temp,shakes,and a lot of pain on a patch of my boob near my armpit. Have tried feeding from it and it seems to be flowing while bfing but won't flow hand expressing or with a hot compress. The patch of boob is red and agony but not lumpy, the nearest oput of hours doctor is miles away. It feels like when i had mastitis before but without the lumps.

peppapighastakenovermylife Sat 26-Sep-09 17:09:58

I think that sounds remarkably mastitis like but obviously am not a GP nor looking at your bright red boob grin.

I have had mastitis quite a few times and never really had visible / touchable lumps as such - but the painful bit was usually bright red and hot. I always found it was proceeded by the horrible fluey symptoms - which often seemed to come out of the blue in the middle of the night.

I always go and get antibiotics but thats just my choice - other people have told me that if you dont and use all the self help measures then it will get better. I always felt too crap to take the risk though.

Much sympathy - feels awful doesnt it. Are you managing to feed from that side?

ILikeToQuickstepItTangoIt Sat 26-Sep-09 17:19:59

I didn't have a lump as such with mastitis. Take some paracetamol, that should help with the fluey symptoms, and keep feeding from the painful breast.

I didn't take anti-biots as I seemed to head it off at the pass - I was very lucky I think.

I would probably call the GP if it doesn't seem to be getting any better, especially as the symptoms started last night.

Good luck xxx

4andnotout Sat 26-Sep-09 17:22:59

Yes i'm still feeding from that side, it is her favorite boob

Dp is very concerned as i haven't been able to eat much today just a slice of bread and a yogurt, that is totally unlike me grin

peppapighastakenovermylife Sat 26-Sep-09 19:17:13

Every cloud has a silver lining then wink

I tend to go and get antibiotics if I feel ill with it - temperature, shaky etc. If it is just red, painful, lumpy etc then I try and get rid of it and it usually works (hot baths/ combing in shower etc.

I hope you feel better soon...nasty nasty nasty!

ILikeToQuickstepItTangoIt Sun 27-Sep-09 07:28:02

I hope you're feeling better today?

4andnotout Sun 27-Sep-09 09:07:58

Yes I am feeling 100% better tis morning, the flu symptoms have gone I'm just left with sore boobs but dd4 is draining them ravenously!

ILikeToQuickstepItTangoIt Sun 27-Sep-09 11:26:18


I found massaging/hand expressing the boob in the shower with the shower head running on it really helped with the blockage.

Also making a fist then with a rolling action back and forth, roll it down the boob. Hold the affected boob with one hand and use the other to massage/roll. Start well above the actual breast and work your way down.

Hope these help smile

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