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You mentioned the blockage of the milk ducts, mastitis and suppuration. How common are these diseases and how to treat them?

It is not necessary that these diseases be common. After all, they are the result of engorgement of the mammary glands, infrequent breastfeeding or improper attachment of the child to the breast. They become rare if “Ten steps” are carried out. They all require immediate assistance.
A blocked milk duct looks like a soft red lump. This can occur if one part of the chest is not completely emptied.
• Try to improve the attachment of the baby to the breast; maybe for this you need to change the position when feeding.
• Check if your bra or other clothes are pressing. Bra with openings in the cups can push on any one area of ​​the breast and interfere with the flow of milk. If you do not have the opportunity to get another bra, cut the fabric where it presses you. If you prefer without a bra, do not wear it at all.
• Do not use “scissor-shaped grip” as this may interfere with the flow of milk.
• If this is more convenient for you, support the breast with your hand below.
• Gently massage the painful area of ​​the breast while the baby sucks.
• If possible, warm the breast in between feedings.
With mastitis, the chest becomes red, swollen and painful. In contrast to engorgement, only one breast or one area of ​​the breast can be affected with mastitis. You may feel bad, maybe the temperature. Mastitis is caused by incomplete removal of milk from areas of the breast. Sometimes, due to incomplete removal of milk, infectious agents that cause infectious mastitis begin to multiply. It is difficult to determine right away, but if there is a fever and a painful condition that is similar to the flu, it can be infectious mastitis. If you can, ask your healthcare provider for the following antibiotics and complete the treatment. See instructions below. These antibiotics will not harm the child.
A common antibiotic ampicillin is usually ineffective.
If you can get paracetamol tablets for pain, take them. They can be taken during breastfeeding.
Regardless of whether you can get antibiotics or not, it is very important to keep the flow of milk. Best of all, milk is removed when your baby sucks.

Pathogens from infectious mastitis do not harm your child, they are destroyed by its digestive enzymes.
But the termination of feeding is fraught with danger for you and for your child. It may be difficult to attach the baby to a firm and swollen breast, so first gently strain a little milk.
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Treatment of infectious mastitis with antibiotics
Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus aureus) is the most common bacterium found in the chest. Therefore, it is necessary to treat infection of the breast with antibiotics resistant to penicillinase, such as flucloxacillin or erythromycin.
A drug Dose Reception Instructions
250 mg orally Take a dose every 6 hours 30 minutes before meals for 7-10 days.
Erythromycin 250-500 mg orally Every 6 hours for 7-10 days

Some women do not want to breastfeed when they have mastitis. They need to be helped to preserve the milk by carefully pumping it out manually several times a day. A child can be fed decanted milk from the cup, it is still the best food for him. Breastfeeding should be resumed as soon as possible.
Suppuration is a hard, painful swelling, filled with pus, which may be due to neglected mastitis. The treatment is the same as in the case of mastitis. You may need the help of a medical professional to open and drain the abscess, but you can still continue to breastfeed. If it hurts too much, continue to breastfeed, and gently express milk from the affected breast for 2-3 days. Then resume feeding with this breast.
All these problems create the impression that breastfeeding is too difficult.
This is the dilemma when submitting information about breastfeeding. These preventable diseases still happen too often and need to be treated. All of them indicate that women do not have enough help. In an emergency, it is vital that the woman herself can help herself or seek the necessary assistance. In a society where everyone is breastfeeding, such diseases are rare. You can use the knowledge learned from this booklet to help yourself and other mothers avoid these difficulties. You can share this knowledge with medical professionals.
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