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TREAT­MENT If you sus­pect you have mas­ti­tis but don’t yet have a fever, you can try tak­ing an anti-in­flam­ma­tory, and keep­ing your breasts drained of milk by reg­u­lar feed­ing and/ or pump­ing to help al­le­vi­ate the in­flam­ma­tion. This can be done by gen­tle mas­sages in the di­rec­tion of the nip­ple and ap­ply­ing warm com­presses to the breasts be­fore feeds and cold com­presses be­tween feeds. “If it’s not bet­ter af­ter 24 hours, you do need to see your health­care provider,” says Louise.

If you sus­pect mas­ti­tis and you have a fever, it’s nec­es­sary to go to the doc­tor or clinic straight away. “It’s likely you’ll be treated with an­tibi­otics,” says Louise. “But re­mem­ber that if you you’re on an­tibi­otics for mas­ti­tis, you can and should con­tinue breast­feed­ing. It won’t harm your baby at all.” with a mild, non-scented soap and rins­ing well with wa­ter once a day.

Thrush is a fun­gal in­fec­tion (can­dida al­bi­cans) that can af­fect your breasts and also your baby’s mouth. “You may be at higher risk for de­vel­op­ing thrush if you or your baby has had a re­cent course of an­tibi­otics, your nip­ples are cracked or dam­aged, or you are tak­ing oral con­tra­cep­tives or steroids, such those used to treat asthma,” says Louise.

Louise adds that dum­mies and bot­tle teats that are not prop­erly ster­ilised can also lead to thrush. “Re­mem­ber that mom’s mouth is not a ster­iliser!” she says.

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