How can you tell the difference between a blocked duct and mastitis?
A blocked duct is where the flow of milk is obstructed in an area of the breast. It usually occurs gradually. Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that could be caused by obstruction, infection or an allergy. It may come on abruptly and is usually and is usually associated with fever and likely to be more painful than a blocked duct. With either conditions, heat and gentle massage before nursing may help ease the discomfort. While nursing, continue to nurse on the affected breast and try to get a good latch. After nursing, pump or express milk to help empty the breast. Apply cold compress to ease pain and inflammation. For more information on both conditions, you may find this article useful: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/Read more
Symptoms associated with teething include rashes, drooling, runny noses, short-lived diarrhea, crankiness, loss of appetite and mild temperatures. The symptoms are never severe, and they aren’t prolonged, often beginning the day a pearly white popped through and lasting until the day after. The longer the symptom lasts, the less likely it is to be from teething. If a baby is fretful four or five nights instead of one or two, if diarrhea continues for more than a day, or if a fever is higher than 38.5°c, you should be calling the doctor instead of blaming teething.polar mummy77
- What is the cause of blocked duct? My second blocked duct now in less than 1 month. I latch and pump frequently except may be at night.
From my understanding - blocked ducts will occur for two reasons - your breasts are engorged and if your immunity is low. Now that you have it, go see a lactation consultant or massage lady to help remove the blockage. They will teach you how to massage it out. From my experience the way you hold your baby also matters. I have found that the best way of draining milk is to do a football hold latch. To prevent blocked ducts in the future, have a more balanced diet or take supplements to help boost your immunity. Your milk production is also the highest typically at night. So try to pump at least once every four to six hours if you feed very little at night because that may be contributing to your blocked ducts.Chloe Tan