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Mastitis can be so painful that it might make you want to stop breastfeeding altogether, but it's important to nurse as much as possible to keep the affected breast empty and allow it to heal. Find out how these nursing moms found relief.
Paulina: I had chills that night and I had a fever. And, you know, I thought it was just, like, a cold – it was around November. It was just so painful. My breast was just, like, so hot and red.
Julie: It felt like I had the flu. And I thought I was just sick. Then my breasts hurt so much.
Amy: You said it felt bad, I thought it felt like death. I'm like, "This is the worst thing you could ever feel."
Tamara: I saw a lactation consultant. I wasn't experiencing any fever so, you know, she just told me, "Drink lots of fluids, continue nursing." And they also gave me a pump. And so she showed me how to use the pump, and she recommended that I pump for an additional 10 to 15 minutes after each nursing session.
Julie: I didn't have to do antibiotics because I was able to just kind of nurse him and rest. Warm, ice, warm, ice, warm, ice – like, back and forth. I took ibuprofen. Yep, that helped with the pain and the swelling.
Amy: So some things that we did were, like, ice on top of the cabbage to kind of even reduce the inflammation even more. It eventually got to a place where we were okay.
Cari Ann: When I feel a lump coming and soreness – even when I will raise my hand sometimes I'll feel pain in my breast – the best thing for me is to massage it with my hands and fingers. Usually we'll start out in the shower with the warm water and then get out of the shower and feed the baby and try and get as much out that way.
Paulina: I went to the doctor and they did, like, an ultrasound on the breast. And they noticed that there was an area that was clogged, and there was redness. So they gave me an antibiotic because it was just so painful whenever he was on the breast. The next day it was so much better.
Tamara: It took, like, about three or four days to resolve itself. And it really, like, thankfully wasn't that big of an issue for me.
Video production by Sahra Bhimji.
Medically reviewed by, lactation consultant
Last updated: September 2017