About mastitis

Mastitis is a common condition in lactating women. Most cases of mastitis occur in the first six weeks of postpartum. The general clinical diagnosis of mastitis is redness, fever, tenderness, and tenderness in the wedge-shaped region of the breast, accompanied by a temperature of 38 ° 5 or more, tremor, influenza like soreness, and general malaise.

Causes of mastitis

1.Papillary injury with Staphylococcus aureus infection

2.Infrequent lactation, fixed lactation times or duration

3.Missed lactation time

4.The milk can’t be removed effectively due to poor posture, weak sucking force or incongruous sucking action

5.Mother or baby is sick

6.Over milk

7.Sudden weaning

8.Breast compression (e.g. tight underwear, car seat belt)

9.White spot of nipple, obstruction of mammary pore / duct: Blister caused by blister or local inflammation of nipple

10.Mother’s psychological pressure and fatigue

Treatment of mastitis

Effective milk drainage (key)

Effective breast dredging (professional breast dredging, through the correct massage, to help the mother with breast dredging)

Appropriate symptomatic treatment (analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory), the reason for saying “appropriate treatment”, because in non infectious mastitis, increasing the emptying of milk can quickly alleviate the symptoms, only when the disease develops to the stage of infectious mastitis, we need to add antibiotic treatment.

Can mothers feed their children when they take medicine for mastitis?

The World Health Organization’s Causes and Management of Mastitis writes that it is safe for mastitis mothers to continue breastfeeding. Stopping breastfeeding during mastitis does not help women recover. On the contrary, it may worsen her condition. Because mastitis itself, if you suddenly stop breastfeeding, it will easily cause the mother to increase milk, block milk and worsen the condition. Normal milk also contains bacteria (normally, the white blood cell count in milk is less than 106 / mL, and the bacteria count content is less than 103 / mL.) At the beginning of mastitis, the bacteria content in milk will increase slightly, but It does not increase your baby’s risk of infection. Doctors will prescribe antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporins according to the condition. Or antipyretics, such as buprofen, acetaminophen, etc. These drugs are safe when used during lactation. It is recommended to take medicine after breastfeeding so that the drug content in milk will be lower.