Stating that mastitis disease is inflammation in the breast that occurs with redness, swelling and pain, Assoc. Dr. Aysun Şimşek said, “Although it is mostly seen in women who are breastfeeding, it can also be seen in women who are not breastfeeding. Mastitis that develops after birth due to breastfeeding is called puerperal (lactational). Lactational Mastitis can occur in breastfeeding mothers at any time, but it most commonly occurs within the first 3 months after delivery. Wounds and cracks in the nipple are risk factors for the development of mastitis. “These both cause pain and are a gateway for bacteria that can cause infection,” he said.
ATTENTION TO THESE SYMPTOMS
Explaining that the disease can take two forms, Assoc. Dr. Aysun Şimşek, “In case of milk accumulation in the udder, it may develop due to the obstruction of the milk ducts or it develops with the penetration of bacteria into the breast tissue through the crack in the nipple and the reproduction of the remaining milk. , swelling, feeling of tension, or constant pain during breastfeeding, fever, weakness, chills and shaking, “he said.
“MOMS SHOULD CONTINUE TO NURSING DURING MASTITIS”
Emphasizing that continuing breastfeeding is a part of the treatment, Assoc. Dr. Aysun Şimşek said, “Since cessation of breastfeeding will increase milk accumulation, it may cause abscess development. The baby may refuse to suckle due to a change in taste. In this case, the milk in the breast must be emptied. Before breastfeeding, the breast should be prevented from overfilling with milk. By keeping the time between breastfeeding short, the accumulation of milk can be prevented. With the right breastfeeding technique, cracks in the nipple should be prevented, massaging from the top of the breast to the nipple can have a positive effect in preventing the development of mastitis, as it will facilitate the flow of milk during breastfeeding.
“IF THERE IS NO TREATMENT, IT MAY RESULT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF APSE”
Underlining that it is necessary to make sure that the breast is completely emptied after breastfeeding, Assoc. Dr. Şimşek said, “In cases where the udder is not fully emptied, the milk in the udder should be emptied with the help of a pump or by hand. While breastfeeding, it is better to first breastfeed with mastitis. Since the baby will be hungry, he will suck the breast more strongly so that the milk is easier to drain. Mastitis is a condition that needs to be treated. It can usually be treated by draining the milk. If not treated, it may result in abscess development. “Abscess development is a condition that requires surgical intervention.”