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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.