Caring for Mastitis & Engorged Boobs

Caring for Mastitis & Engorged Boobs

This Mother Box “Top Tip Tuesday” is to offer advice for caring for mastitis and engorged, lumpy boobs!

Taken straight from the pages of our book “The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums” – we’re sharing this again because we’ve been showing lots of our lady clients recently, so thought we’d pop it up here too.

Comb them! Yep! We did say comb them! This is a fabulous tip we learnt from a Japanese midwife many moons ago.

If your breasts are feeling engorged and lumpy or you have a hot red patch/lump – then the chances are you will have an area (or several areas) of blocked/curdled milk.

Unfortunately, this is presents a perfect breeding ground for bacteria – which can then in turn, cause mastitis.

Getting these blocks moving will help stop mastitis in its tracks and often prevent it altogether. At the first sign of lumps/red patches – before each feed, comb the breast from the outside, down toward to nipple all the way around the breast. Use a steady firm pressure, not hard enough to hurt (the correct pressure should still feel nice).

Use a little oil or moisturiser to help the comb glide if you need. . . Latch baby for a feed and they will then encourage milk to flow through the breast and suck out the curdled milk (it’s totally safe for them as the bacteria which causes mastitis doesn’t affect them at all).

Continue to comb as baby feeds, combing from the armpit to the nipple and focusing on any lumps.

You should start feeling relief quite quickly!

Repeat this process with every feed until the breast feels soft and lump free and any red patches have gone.

Drink lots of warm, herbal tea alongside combing to flush toxins from your system and keep yourself hydrated.

If the red lumps do not go, if you have a fever or are feeling unwell or have flu like symptoms – please do seek medical advice.

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New Mum Advice on the First Postnatal Poop

New Mum Advice on the First Postnatal Poop

Let’s talk about that all important and sometimes nerve wracking postnatal poo! We all have to do it! And most of us dread it, even if you haven’t had an episiotomy or tear it can still feel a bit tender and inflamed and lots of women fear putting any pressure down there for a little while. The thing is, postnatal constipation is very uncomfortable, so don’t hold it in! And the truth is, it’s never as bad as you think it will be!

Here are some tips to help.

1/ don’t rush! Allow yourself time and space to use the bathroom uninterrupted. If you try to rush you’ll strain and if you strain it’ll be sore. Allow yourself time to sit and let yourself relax, relaxed muscles let go better!

2/ keep your mouth and jaw relaxed. There is a neurological link up between your mouth and your sphincter muscles, if you are tight in your jaw, you’ll be tight in your sphincter muscles. Wiggle that jaw and relax your lips!

3/ sometimes supporting the perineum can help you to mentally relax the bottom. Use a clean wash cloth or maternity pad and hold it against the perineum, you will most likely feel the bottom and bowel relax immediately.

4/ using a foot stall and putting your feet flat up on it while you are on the loo so that your knees are higher than your hips is a better position for pooing, this mimics the squatting position and can help if you are constipated.

5/ if your bottom is sore or you have haemorrhoids, you can make a cooling pad using chamomile tea and a sanitary pad. Steep the tea for 20 mins, pour over some maternity pads and pop them in the fridge for a few hours to cool. After doing a poo or if haemorrhoids are sore, take a pad out of the fridge and sit on it for a soothing, cooling relief.

6/ remember to stay hydrated, you need to drink lots of water in the post natal period, this will help to stop constipation.

Better out than in we say!