Mum reveals her red, inflamed breast to share a common complication from breastfeeding that isn’t always talked about.
Lindsey Bliss is a mum of seven and practicing birth doula, she recently shared a picture on Instagram with the caption”When a good boob goes bad — AGAIN! I literally wanted Dan to bring me to the ER last night due to the most EPIC engorged boob, full body shakes, and a crushing headache. On the mend today from my bed. Why does this keep happening?”
She’s sharing her photo in hopes of bringing more awareness to the condition.
“You always see these flawless goddess photos of breastfeeding, and no one discusses or shows when shit gets crazy,” she told Cosmo.
“Yes, [you might think] breastfeeding is the best thing for your child, but it isn’t always unicorns and rainbows,” she says. “Sometimes it just sucks.”
The Australian Breastfeeding Assoc explains that mastitis is usually the result of a blocked milk duct that hasn’t cleared. Some of the milk banked up behind the blocked duct can be forced into nearby breast tissue, causing the tissue to become inflamed. The inflammation is called mastitis. Infection may or may not be present.
What are the symptoms?
Early symptoms of mastitis can make you feel as if you are getting the flu. You may begin to get shivers and aches.
Some mothers who do not have any early signs of a blocked duct get mastitis ‘out of the blue’.
The breast will be sore like it is with a blocked duct, only worse. It is usually red and swollen, hot and painful. The skin may be shiny and there may be red streaks. You will feel ill. It is common for the ill feeling to come on very quickly.
What can I do?
Start treatment as soon as you feel a lump or sore spot in your breast.
Drain the breast often, but gently.
It is best if you think you have mastitis to see your medical adviser.
Have you ever suffered with mastitis? What treatment did you find worked best?
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