Women who are breastfeeding may have to deal with one breast inflammation also called mastitis. If you have chest inflammation, it is anything but fun and can be very painful. Some women can also get sick of it. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent and treat chest inflammation. If you carry out our tips, the inflammation or mastitis is usually much less or even corrected within 24 hours!
What is breast infection?
A chest infection is very simple: an inflammation in the chest. Often it is one breast that is inflamed. The inflammation comes from the fact that the breast is not emptied properly and the milk accumulates in the milk channels or milk glands. The result is that the milk channel gets clogged and you suffer from stowage. When this blockage stays too long, an inflamed mammary gland and milk ducts are formed. This is quite painful and you can really get sick of it.
Causes breast infection
The most common cause of chest inflammation is that the breast is not emptied properly. If you do not deal with this quickly, inflammation can occur. That is why it is essential to ensure that both breasts are well drained during feeding. Other causes can be:
- Stress and fatigue
- Poor hygiene
- Too high milk production
- Too tight clothes and bras
- Thrush (nipple damage), inflamed nipple or nipple gaps
- When your baby goes to sleep through and needs to be fed less often
Prevention is better than cure!
The last thing you want to have when you breastfeed is breast infection. Preventing chest inflammation is therefore much better than cure. There are fortunately multiple ways to prevent chest inflammation:
- Meanwhile, let your breast drain well.
- Did not your chest get drained? Then try to empty your breasts by pumping.
- Take various postures during feeding so that all the milk channels are drunk properly
- Wash your hands regularly and take care of your nipples, which are very sensitive to bacteria.
- Make sure you have a well-fitting bra (not too small) and leave your tight clothes in the closet.
- Regularly check your chest for hard spots or discs, massage your chest or apply something warm if you notice.
- Always make sure that one breast is drained well and then the other the food afterwards.
How do you recognize chest inflammation?
If you follow the tips above, the chances are small that you will get a chest infection. Yet it is good to always be alert. Usually it is one breast that feels red, warm and somewhat swollen. Some women may feel hard pieces or discs in their chest. You also notice it because feeding with that breast is painful or more sensitive than normal. It is possible that you also feel sick (fever) or very weak and tired.
Treat breast inflammation or mastitis
In the unlikely event that you get chest inflammation, you really do not have to stop breastfeeding. In fact, continuing with breastfeeding helps correct inflammation or mastitis.
With the tips below, the complaints are often considerably less or even disappear within 24 hours. If the inflammation does not decrease after you have followed these tips or you have a high fever link, you can only inform your doctor. That will give you an antibiotic. Yet it is better to deal with it yourself first. Antibiotics can have unpleasant side effects on you and your baby.