The Royal Women’s Hospital defines mastitis as inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection.
This means there are two types of mastitis–
Antibiotics are a medicine prescribed by your doctor to kill infection causing bacteria in your body. They are usually a few tablets during the day, extending over a few days to a week.
Because inflammatory and bacterial inflammation of the breast cause the same response in the body, it can be tricky to tell the difference without getting a breast milk culture. With both, you usually have pain, swelling, and redness to the breast which is a normal inflammatory response that we see occurs all over the body, even in ankle sprains!
Antibiotics tend to be more indicated if there is a pathway that bacteria can enter the body. Usually at an area of damage, bacteria has free entry into the body. In the case of breastfeeding women that can be quite common with nipple cracks. We also want to look at how long you have been feeling this way, as congested milk in the breast if not moving and have bacteria begin to grow.
Regardless of your decision on antibiotics, we need to clear the inflammation that’s been building in the breast tissue. Even with antibiotics, that bacteria has been killed, but the inflammation still needs to be moved along out of the tissue.
By using hands on techniques and mastitis ultrasound treatment, we can target fluid congestion in the breast and move it through the structures it needs to go. We also give you the run down on your anatomy, why it’s doing this and where it should all go so at home you’ve got all the knowledge to be your own practitioner and troubleshoot your own breasts at any time of the day. We don’t just want to help you today, but give you the tools over your breastfeeding journey to keep your breast tissue mobile, supple and reduce the reason for congestion to build up again.
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