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icklelulu Thu 30-Jun-05 20:47:41

I had a breast abcess when DS was 3 wks now he is 7 months and Im still getting problems The abcess was the size of a tennis ball so quite large and took over 3 months to heal. Had a nurse coming every day to re-pack and re-dress wound, I couldnt feed off that side for that time because of all the dressings I had DS couldnt get close enough (wound right next to nipple)! I was expressing but it just wouldnt stop leaking, I couldnt wear normal breast pads cos I was changing them every 10mins it was that bad so the nurses gave me big thick pads. Now DS is on solids and milk supply on good side slowly adjusting but on poorly side there is no change, I still cant wear normal breast pads!I was just wondering if anyone else has had an abcess or excessive leaking?! Saw the breast consultant today and he just dissmissed me and said it was normal but I dont know anyone else like it. Sorry bout the long message!!!

burstingbug Fri 05-Aug-05 21:42:44

BUMP For icklelulu.
Anyone been in this situation?????

SleepyJess Fri 05-Aug-05 21:46:14

My friend had one when pregnant.. and it got infected with MRSA! And took AGES to heal! It was ok in the end though..and she breastfed out of it when the baby was born although not as successfuly as with the other boob if I recall.

Has the wound been swabbed? And are you on antibiotics? Sounds like you definitely should be.. and the swap result will determine which one.

SJ x

pabla Fri 05-Aug-05 21:54:30

I got one last year when ds2 was 4 months old. I stopped feeding on that side and the milk seemed to dry up fairly quickly, though I remember milk leaking into the wound at the start. I continued feeding on the other side for another three months. What is happening to you does sound strange - tbh I don't know how much so called breast consultants know about breastfeeding. The surgeon who did my op (ok maybe he didn't specialise in breasts only) seemed surprised that I was still breastfeeding at four months, I think his comment was "Surely you are coming to the end of the weaning period anyway?" totally oblivious to the fact that the NHS recommends bfing until 6 months now.

icklelulu Fri 05-Aug-05 21:55:40

Been on and off various anti biotics but nothing helping. GP thinks maybe they damaged something when they operated?! I have had many swabs done but nothing is ever found which is why GP thinks it is damaged but consultant just isnt interested HV has been GREAT, super women when it comes to breastfeeding but we r running out of ideas. Some negative ppl (MIL) think I should stop feeding but me and DS arent ready. AND why should I just because of a few problems?! I just want to know if there is anyone else out there. Suppose I just need some reassurance!!!!
Hope I dont sound silly

icklelulu Fri 05-Aug-05 22:02:02

Pabla my consultant is the same, knows nothing about breastfeeding. Thinks it is totally normal that I leak so much and have all these other probs!He said ' you are a lactating mother, you produce milk so you are going to leak milk!' Like I dont know that already but he just wont listen to me when I say how excessive it is. Makes me wonder how he ever got the job.

Cadmum Fri 05-Aug-05 22:08:38

Oh, poor you! I was hoping when I saw the tread that you had just discovered that you have an abcess as I was going to suggest trying to avoid the op at all costs.

My life was up-side-down at the time I developed the abcess that I just could not face the idea of having it drained. The GP was adamant that there was no other solution but referred me to a breast specialist and he agreed to aspirate the abcess on a daily basis for a week and then proceed with the op if the aspirating was not sufficient enough on its own. IT WORKED! I was taking the right anti-biotics (first aspiration done at GPs was cultured) so that likely played a big role.

I know that my little anecdote is not going to help you so I hope that you can forgive me for sharing my experience.

Have you considered contacting the LLL? I found their help invaluable when I had my abcess and with all of the feeding troubles I had with DS2 that lead to the bouts of mastitis. I did leak excessively (DH joked that I could feed the world) from both sides so I do know how much of a pain that can be.

I am discouraged that the breast consultant just dismissed you; how annoying. I wonder how much he knows about breast feeding?

Cadmum Fri 05-Aug-05 22:13:33

Guess you just answered my question about how much he knows about breastfeeding...

I am glad that your hv is supportive. My MIL thought that I had lost the plot when I continued to feed DS2 following the abcess. I think she actually thought that it was me that was making him sick all of the time.

(Part of the reason that I felt unable to cope with an op is because DS2 was constantly in hospital on IV anti-biotics at the time.)

piffle Fri 05-Aug-05 22:15:49

I'm also so sorry that this has happened
I had mine aspirated and drained manually daily for 7 days and learned to spot the symptoms earlier and get on AB's quickly.
As it was I leaked milk on that side even up to ds had finished feeding at 16 mths, but the discharge from the wound healed very fast indeed.
is it your abcess site that is leaking or milk honey?
If it's the abcess that is NOT normal and go back to your GP and ask for referral to someone else

icklelulu Sat 06-Aug-05 08:57:49

Wish I could have had needle aspiration but by the time I had got to a&e ( had to go there becuase I had spent a week on antibiotics thinking it was mastitis but it just kept getting worse also oncall doc refused to c me ) it was too big to do it. They have to be under a certain size to do needle aspiration. I do wish that when I had first gone to my gp he would have had a closer look at me. I dont think they r really very clued up with breast feeding. Anyway it has happened now but the whole way so called medical professionals have dealt with it hasnt been very encouraging. I have asked for an ultrasound to c if any damage was done but that idea was ignored by consultant & when mentioned to gp he said I would have to get the ok from consultant!!! Does anyone think an ultrasound is a good idea or am I just being silly? Its just been going on soooo long I want to know wot is causing it!
Thanks for the replies X

icklelulu Sat 06-Aug-05 08:58:14

Wish I could have had needle aspiration but by the time I had got to a&e ( had to go there becuase I had spent a week on antibiotics thinking it was mastitis but it just kept getting worse also oncall doc refused to c me ) it was too big to do it. They have to be under a certain size to do needle aspiration. I do wish that when I had first gone to my gp he would have had a closer look at me. I dont think they r really very clued up with breast feeding. Anyway it has happened now but the whole way so called medical professionals have dealt with it hasnt been very encouraging. I have asked for an ultrasound to c if any damage was done but that idea was ignored by consultant & when mentioned to gp he said I would have to get the ok from consultant!!! Does anyone think an ultrasound is a good idea or am I just being silly? Its just been going on soooo long I want to know wot is causing it!
Thanks for the replies X

BadgerBadger Sat 06-Aug-05 12:33:09

icklelulu, I don't know if this will help you as my excessive leaking isn't caused by damage through an op.

I do leak excessively though and the one trick that works is to press the heel of my hand in to the nipple/areola of the side on which I'm not feeding.

It has to be done as soon as the other side is latched on to, prior to let-down, to work. DD2 is 10 months and if I don't use this trick I will easily drench breast pads (and myself, and my DD2 )!

I have found I have to press firmly, though not hard enough to cause pain, IYSWIM.

HTH

icklelulu Sat 06-Aug-05 15:23:49

Badgerbadger have u tried using ice therapy after a feed?Apparently it cuts blood supply so not so much milk is produced therefore cutting the leakage down.Thats if the leaking is caused by over supply! Didnt work for me but a lactation consultant suggested it so I suppose it must work for some! I have tried applying pressure but because my wound is so close to the nipple it really hurts, makes me feel faint!Even though the wound has healed the tissue is still very tender. Another thing do u leak alot off both sides? I dont, it is just the one side and that side has nowhere near as much milk as the other side because I couldnt use it for AGES after the op. This is what puzzles me about the whole thing! Also I dont know if I mentioned? The right boob leaks constantly like a tap not just when feeding
Sorry I feel like a pain in the bum or just a freak! Lol

BadgerBadger Sat 06-Aug-05 16:58:21

icklelulu thanks for your tip. Leaking is an issue for me only when DD2 is feeding, thankfully. The pressure trick does the job, and though the problem is certainly worse when I'm fuller, my supply is fine for DD2 at the mo.

So, back to your leaking .....supply is controlled by hormones, essentially. The let down is a 'mechanical' release of a particular liagament, IIRC. I suppose this could be what was damaged during your surgery?

In your original post, you mention that despite expressing, your injured breast kept leaking. The thing is, expressing would have encouraged milk production to continue on that side. The only way I can think of putting a stop to leaking is to revert to feeding on your good side only.

Although initially your injured breast will leak, eventually the supply on that side should deplete. If it is constantly leaking, it should negate the need to express to avoid build up, I would think, though maybe encourage a let down by hand, to take the edge off.

It depends on if you would be comfortable with feeding full time from one breast? A lot of women do this sucessfully, for one reason or another.

Other than that, all I can think of is to keep feeding from both sides but utilise the extra milk to your advantage. Save and store it for future use? Breast shells can be usefull, or even placing an open container under the leaky breast while you feed. It can be handy to have a good stock of EBM as weaning progresses .

icklelulu Sat 06-Aug-05 21:48:01

Thanks for all your help. I actually didnt feed or express at all for about 6 weeks after the op. Becuase of all the dressing and open wound I couldnt do anything! Didnt realise I hadnt written this in original post. After the 6 weeks I could express but only did it once a day cos that was all I could cope with pain wise. When I started actually feeding from it again I started getting the puss discharge (not nice sorry). Altogether I went 6 weeks with out doing anything with the right breast then another 6-8 weeks before I fed off that side so I went quite a while with only feeding from one breast and it didnt make any difference.This is why none of it makes sense to me!! Sorry I feel like ppl are giving me advice and I am throwing it back! I do appreciate everyones help. I just feel like I have tried everything now so dont really know wot to do. I can put up with it but it would still be nice to resolve the prob.

icklelulu Sat 06-Aug-05 21:51:35

Badgerbadger have you used the breast shells?Havent actually used them so might try that. I wonder how long it would take before I would need to empty it?!

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