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Is it possible to resolve mastitis without using antibiotics? I’d also appreciate any advice on treating the painful symptoms please!


Posted anonymously, 19th May 2015


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  • To relieve sore breasts I suggest cold wash cloths and cabbage leaves, but for mastitis it might require medical intervention.


  • Depends on the severity. The best person to answer that is your local GP. Or maybe a chemist. I used to slip cold cabbage leaves in my bra when breast feeding, this bought massive relief, although short lived. I don’t recall having mastitis though, just breast tenderness/soreness


  • Mastitis can get really bad really quick. If massaging lumps out doesn’t work, I’d head straight to the dr. Wouldn’t risk it! It’s painful! Especially if you want to keep feeding.


  • Cold cabbage leaves. With my first child I had so much milk breasts got so hot & sore & poor baby got choked. Most painful thing to get.


  • i had it with the first bub while i was in hospital. So get the baby in a position so that their chin points towards that infection and baby’s sucking motion will help to dislodge the infection. I know that it sounds really gross but it is only stuck milk and your body is reacting to it. Grab a washer and wet it with warm water and leave it over the sore area.


  • Glad you have seen the Dr and you are improving. sending gentle hugs your way.


  • It depends on your situation. Best to seek medical advice.


  • Cabbage leaves and also a heated wheat bag helps soothe the pain a bit but if you have severe mastitis where you have a fever and your breast is hard and red, you
    really will need antibiotics and worse case scenario you will need penicillin. I actually had to have 2 or 3 lots of penicillin to fix mine.


  • Depends how bad it is. I had mastitis with my first baby & it was extremely painful, but I think I caught it early as I was able to fix it without antibiotics. Soak in a really hot bath, with a face cloth on the sore boob so it stays hot. Massage the boob in the direction of the nipple to help push the blockage out. Do this repeatedly (stay in the bath for ages) & repeat each day.


  • try warming olive oil to hand heat and gently patting on affected area then hold warm- not hot heat pad or hot water bottle against it, I also used ginger tea as it has antii inflamatory properties, drinking not bathing, I used to add Epsom salts to the bath and dangle in it.


  • I ended up having physio on one boob, which helped immensely! Also the physio told me to try using an electric tooth brush handle to vibrate on the boob, sounds weird but it worked!! Make sure you don\’t wear any tight fitting bra singlets, that\’s what caused mine.


  • I’m so glad you went and got antibiotics and are getting relief x


  • Massage lumps out in the shower and when you feed. If you have a schedule may be worth just feeding when you need release. I got mastitis but warded it off within a day. Husband and mother in law cared for baby and I slept, took panodol and nurofen, kept massaging out lumps. But if you can’t get rid of it quickly it’s best to treat! So worth booking a doctor’s appointment in case it doesn’t get better quickly.


  • so good that you had the treatment, a healthy pain free mum is best for bubs so you can get on with it.


  • Im glad you used antibiotics. I nearly died with mastitis on my fifth child. I went to the dr on the friday and he sent me away with no antibiotics. By the monday i was feeling crap. I could hardly walk. I did walk the kids to school then went to the drs another clinic near our shops. I just about stumbled into the surgery. He admitted me straight away. I could of only had two lots of antibiotics to pull me through. It took over four days to become right. My blood pressure was 30/40 so it was really low.


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