Mastitis can be distressing. Anyone who has experienced it will tell you without a doubt that they feel very unwell. Mastitis can be called a blocked duct as well.
Mastitis is related to breastfeeding.
Usually mums notice that baby is fussing at the breast.
Signs and symptoms vary….. You may feel and notice any of the following.
Density – a thicker area in the breast – it may be diffuse or concentrated in one spot.
Colour – the colour may be normal, pinker or reddened. Occasionally it can become very pale.
Heat – the breast is often warmer in the affected area
Tenderness / Pain – this can be in the dense area, the whole breast, the nipple, the underarm or more generalised into neck, shoulder and back aches. In fact, if you think you have the flu while you are breastfeeding – suspect mastitis first!
Ideally the breast is soft and comfortable after each feed. If symptoms persist for a few feeds, then you can suspect mastitis and should seek help.
The expert physiotherapists at Pelvic Health Melbourne will assess your breast. We will provide ultrasound +/- laser if it is appropriate. Mums notice a difference by the end of the first treatment, and usually continue to improve quickly over the next few feeds. We will show you how to correctly and gently massage the breast to assist resolution of the problem and give you other advice to help at home. You will learn how to avoid future relapses.
Enjoy your baby. Enjoy breastfeeding.
Call the central number @ Pelvic Health Melbourne to arrange an appointment in your area.