Why does my mastitis keep coming back?

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

If your breasts become red, swollen and painful, chances you’re experiencing the onset of mastitis, an infection of the breasts. This condition is typically seen six to 12 weeks after giving birth, but it can also happen later during breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, some women experience a continual reoccurrence of this condition. Jayhawk Pharmacy wants breastfeeding to be a pain-free experience. Here are some common reasons why mastitis keeps coming back:

  • Overabundance of milk supply.
  • Cigarette smoking, which lowers your chances of fighting infection.
  • If you haven’t completely recovered from your last case of mastitis, it can contribute to a full reoccurrence.
  • Anemia, fatigue and stress.
  • Irregular breastfeeding.
  • Bra or bathing suit that puts too much pressure breast.
  • The strap of a heavy purse, diaper bag or baby carrier can also put too much pressure on the breast. A seat belt that is too tight can do the same.
  • Sleeping positions can also put too much pressure on the breasts.
  • A cracked or bleeding nipple can allow infection to set in.
  • Nipple shields can sometimes be the culprit, as they can slow the flow of milk.
  • Breast surgery, breast limps or past injury to the breasts.
  • Some parts of your diet may contribute to mastitis, such as excessive sodium, saturated fats or unknown food allergens or intolerances. However, a salt deficiency can also contribute to reoccurring mastitis.
  • Excessive movements of the upper arms, such as vacuuming, gardening, washing windows or shower stalls.

There are a few things you can do on your own to cut down on the reoccurrence of mastitis. Some researchers suggest taking a tablespoon of lecithin a day can help. Applying a warm, moist compress to nipple openings to remove dried milk secretions can also cut back on the infection coming back.

However, these actions alone will not necessarily stop a full-blown infection. If you are experiencing mastitis, see your doctor right away. He or she can work on a treatment plan to get you back to better health.

For all your other maternity needs, see Jayhawk Pharmacy! We know breast is best, and carry a number of breast pumps in our online catalog.

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