My first trip down breastfeeding lane was not an enjoyable one. Aside from my boobs feeling like they were being feasted on by piranhas, I was doubly insulted when my doctor declared I had mastitis. In addition to drugs and rest, she prescribed nursing through the pain. Not particularly excited about her orders, I followed some simple tips to keep it as painless as possible. To see what they are,
- Clean the breast before and after breastfeeding.
- Change nursing pads often.
- Pump if you miss a feeding.
- Use cold compresses to relieve the pain. Frozen bags of peas and corn always work well.
- To help drain the excess milk and clear plugged milk ducts, place warm, wet towels on the breast.
- Massage the infected breast in a hot shower to try to clear ducts.
- Drink water.
- Get rest.
Though it sounds frightening, having the baby breastfeed will help the mother reach her healthy status sooner than later.