A very common condition in breastfeeding women is mastitis- an inflammation of the breast tissue, sometimes involving an infection.
Common signs and symptoms include:
Flu like symptoms
Use heat/ heat packs
Massage the affected area harshly
What to do:
Think about your inflamed breast the same way you would an acute sprained ankle. It is full of heat and swelling already. The first line of treatment for an ankle sprain is RICE-
The best treatment options for mastitis include:
Gentle stretches (your women's health physio will instruct you on the appropriate ones)
Ultrasound over the affected tissue
A course of Qiara probiotics
Continue feeding/pumping from the affected breast
As always, it is best to get in contact with your women's health Physio who will provide you with individualised treatment options and can discuss your options for preventing mastitis into the future.