For whatever reason I’ve had a bump in calls related to post partum breast infections lately. Plus, I had a request for this Anxiometer post over a year ago. I guess I’ve been slow to type because I’ve always felt a bit dumb on the topic, and also because I know that every lactation consultant can go way deeper.
Nevertheless, with regards to when to head to an ER, these words move the dial:
Unless you’re looking super sick, our decision tree is remarkably boring in the ER. If infection, give Keflex. If Keflex allergic, then look up an alternative. Warm compresses, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and call or refer to a lactation consultant. Keep breast feeding on the affected side to limit engorgement. But Vanessa would recommend not fully emptying if you use a pump to avoid hitting hyperdrive. Warm showers and manual “milking” too can help.
What am I missing ladies? More important for me and Vanessa today… weaning. Any tips beyond mustard?
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