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Sore breasts after breast feeding. Fever, body ache, nausea. On panadol, ibruprofen. What else can be done?

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Posted on Sun, 24 Jun 2012
Question: Hi , i am writing on behalf of my wife. she is having sore breast due to breastfeeding. feeling fever, body ache. nausia. what she can do now. when she takes some pain killer like panadol, ibruphen, gets bit ok. after the pain comes back again. happening just for last two days. our babies age is just 1 month today. Can you please suggest us in this situation. Regards-ifti
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Answered by Dr. Mohammed Tauseef (44 minutes later)
Hi,

Thank you for submitting your query.

As per your history, your wife is suffering from lactational mastitis. This is a condition which occurs due to infection or due to blockage in the ducts and patients commonly have breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast along with fever and chills.
I would suggest the following:
a.     Please consult a gynaecologist who can examine her and prescribe her a course of oral antibiotics like flucloxacillin and cephalexin
b.     Frequent drainage of the breast through feeding and expressing the milk using a breast pump
c.     The application of heat on the affected breast would also help. You could consider using a heating pad or a hot water bottle.
d.     She can take tablet aspirin 325 mg every 6 hourly to reduce the pain and inflammation
e.     It is also important that she maintains the correct position while feeding the baby. To get details on the correct position, please visit WWW.WWWW.WW for details.
I hope I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no follow-up queries.

Good Luck.

Regards,
Dr. Mohammed Tauseef.

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Sore breasts after breast feeding. Fever, body ache, nausea. On panadol, ibruprofen. What else can be done?

Hi,

Thank you for submitting your query.

As per your history, your wife is suffering from lactational mastitis. This is a condition which occurs due to infection or due to blockage in the ducts and patients commonly have breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast along with fever and chills.
I would suggest the following:
a.     Please consult a gynaecologist who can examine her and prescribe her a course of oral antibiotics like flucloxacillin and cephalexin
b.     Frequent drainage of the breast through feeding and expressing the milk using a breast pump
c.     The application of heat on the affected breast would also help. You could consider using a heating pad or a hot water bottle.
d.     She can take tablet aspirin 325 mg every 6 hourly to reduce the pain and inflammation
e.     It is also important that she maintains the correct position while feeding the baby. To get details on the correct position, please visit WWW.WWWW.WW for details.
I hope I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no follow-up queries.

Good Luck.

Regards,
Dr. Mohammed Tauseef.