Mastitis Treatment In Gurgaon | India
Mastits Treatment In Gurgaon
An inflammatory condition of the breast, which might be or might not be accompanied by an infection and which is associated with lactation, is called Mastits.
Dr. Meenakshi Sauhta, the former director and head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at Max Hopsital in Gurgaon and current director of the same department at Cloud Nine Hospitals in Gurgaon gives a very brief account on Mastits.
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She explains that the disease might turn to be fatal if it is not treated at the correct time. When pus collects in the breasts it causes serious complications. The major cause of mastits is stagnation of milk within the breast.
When milk is not removed from the breast it leads to the breasts becoming engorged after delivery of the baby, or when the infant does not remove the milk that is produced from part or all of the breast.
Mastits might also happen because of poor attachment of the infant at the breast, ineffective suckling, restriction of the frequency or duration of feeds, and blockage of milk ducts.
Symptoms of Mastitis
Mastitis usually only affects one breast, and symptoms often develop quickly. Symptoms of mastitis can include:
a red, swollen area on your breast that may feel hot and painful to touch
a breast lump or area of hardness on your breast
a burning pain in your breast that may be continuous or may only occur when you are breastfeeding
nipple discharge, which may be white or contain streaks of blood
The symptoms of mastitis may discourage breastfeeding, it is important to try to continue. Regular breastfeeding will help to:
Remove any blocked breast milk from the breast
Resolve the symptoms of mastitis more quickly
prevent mastitis from becoming more serious
The milk from the affected breast can be a little saltier than normal, but it is safe for the baby to drink. Any bacteria that is present in the milk will be harmlessly absorbed by the baby’s digestive system and cause no problems.
Most cases of mastitis can be successfully treated using self-help measures, such as resting and drinking plenty of fluids and by adjusting the technique being used to breastfeed. It is important to ensure that the baby is properly attached to the nipple and that the breast is empty after the feed. In some cases it may be necessary to:
feed more frequently
express any remaining milk after a feed
express milk between feeds
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Expressing breast milk means that you encourage it to flow by hand or using a pump.
Infectious mastitis requires prompt treatment to prevent more serious complications developing in the breast, such as an abscess (a painful collection of pus). More serious cases of infectious mastitis will require antibiotics in order to bring the infection under control.
Treatment of Mastitis
getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated
using over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to reduce any pain or fever
avoiding tight-fitting clothing – including bras – until your symptoms improve
if you’re breastfeeding, continuing to feed your baby and making sure they are properly attached to your breast
breastfeed exclusively for around six months, if possible
encourage your baby to feed frequently, particularly when your breasts feel overfull
ensure your baby is well attached to your breast during feeds – ask for advice if you’re unsure
let your baby finish their feeds – most babies release the breast when they’ve finished feeding; try not to take your baby off the breast unless they’re finished
avoid suddenly going longer between feeds – if possible, cut down gradually
warming your breast with warm water – this can soften it and help your breast milk flow better, making it easier for your baby to feed
Making sure your breast is empty after feeds by expressing any remaining milk