Mastitis, (ouch!) a common ailment among breastfeeding women, can be an extremely uncomfortable and distressing experience. This prevalent challenge faced by many, is an ailment characterised by inflammation of the breast tissue, resulting in pain, swelling, and occasionally flu-like symptoms.
For those searching for effective mastitis remedies, the latest advice from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) emphasises the benefits of both cold therapy and lymphatic drainage massage as a safe, effective, and prompt solution to mastitis prevention and relief.
In this comprehensive mama-friendly guide, we'll dive into the ABM's mastitis treatment guidelines and unearth the reasons behind lymphatic massage and cold therapy's increasing popularity as a primary solution in conservative care against mastitis.
Understanding the ABM's Mastitis Protocol
Central to the ABM's recommendations is the emphasis on addressing inflammation, the root cause of mastitis. While many online resources and forums might still advocate for the application of heat treatments, recent medical research debunks this! In fact, applying heat to inflamed areas may in fact exacerbate mastitis symptoms. This is due to increased blood flow, which can intensify inflammation.
Conversely, the benefits of cold therapy for mastitis are well-documented. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can significantly reduce discomfort and pain for breastfeeding mothers.
Furthermore, manual lymphatic drainage massage is recommended, as it can be instrumental in reducing inflammation and fostering healing. This involves lightly sweeping the skin rather than deep tissue massage. To aid fluid drainage and soothe inflammation in the affected breast, gently sweep from the nipple out towards the axillary point (armpit).
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How Does Cold Therapy Work?
When a cold compress is applied to the inflamed breast, it acts to constrict blood vessels, thus decreasing inflammation. This reduced blood flow can alleviate swelling, offering instant relief to mothers battling mastitis. Moreover, the cooling sensation numbs the area, lessening pain and easing the process of breastfeeding or milk expression.
For best results, the ABM recommends short applications of cold therapy, ideally in 15-20 minute intervals. This minimises the risk of potential tissue damage. Opt for specially-designed breastfeeding cold packs to ensure safe and effective cooling without any adverse effects.
Cold Therapy is Only One Part of a Comprehensive Mastitis Management Plan
While cold therapy delivers prompt relief, it shouldn't overshadow other critical mastitis treatment strategies. Continual breastfeeding or pumping to facilitate adequate milk drainage is vital. However, increasing feeding or pumping frequency is not advised.
Armed with the right knowledge and a holistic care approach, mastitis can be effectively managed. This ensures breastfeeding mothers can nourish their babies with minimal pain and discomfort.
- Identify any problems that are unique to you and your baby.
- Develop techniques, routines and strategies that are tailored to your breastfeeding goals and personal circumstances.
- Ensure that your baby is sufficiently fed and that your emotional, mental and physical needs are being prioritised and met.