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Jumat, 05 Maret 2010

Breastfeeding, Clogged Ducts, Mastitis and Lecithin

What a title! I've got a lot to say on the subject, but I'll try to be brief...

First, I have only one comment on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is best. However, as Sally Fallon Morell wisely points out: a mother's breastmilk can only be as nutritious as her diet. Where else would the nutritious components of mother's milk come from?

Second. Have you ever had a clogged duct? I am assuming that all women who nurse have experienced this discomfort at some point. Often it is due to engorgement, constrictive clothing or sudden changes in the baby's nursing habits. But, you know, sometimes you just get them for seemingly no reason at all! At least, that has been my experience. But then again, I do have an abundant supply of milk, so maybe I am prone to plugged ducts.

Which leads me to my third thought. Have your clogged ducts ever turned into mastitis? YIKES STRIPES. Talk about an all of a sudden, on your back, roaring fever! Not fun. Especially because there is a baby (and possibly other children) to take care of while you feel so rotten.

I have had mastitis with all of my five babies. It never lasts long because when I notice the clogged duct and the fever just beginning to take hold, I take mega doses of Vitamin C, Nutriferon and Garlic. That seems to wipe out the mastitis within 24 hours, and then I only have the clogged duct to massage away.

Well, after having mastitis twice in the first six weeks of Tickle's life, I asked myself "WHY?" Why does my milk clog? Is there anything that can be done to prevent the clogged ducts and the subsequent mastitis? I emailed the La Leche League and received a very helpful answer.

I was told that Lecithin works to prevent milk from clogging. Lecithin is a common food additive that is used to emulsify. It keeps the fats and oils in mother's milk suspended evenly, which makes the milk less sticky.

I started taking a daily dose of Lecithin and had no more clogged ducts for the remainder of my nursing relationship with Tickle (from six weeks to eighteen months).

Fast forward to last month. Superman was three weeks old, and I got mastitis. I took care of it quickly. Then, the next week I got it again from a clogged duct on the other side! Again, I took care of it and stopped to ask myself "WHY?" I felt a little dim-witted. I had not remembered the Lecithin until after two cycles of the crazy fever! Sheesh.

I started up on Lecithin again. Hopefully, my results this time around will be the same as with Tickle. At least, so far I haven't had a clogged duct again.


Today is my sweet Rainbow's 10th birthday. As usual, she is choosing her meals for the day. (Read my theory on that privilege here.) Time permitting, I'll be posting the recipe and photos for her Egg Toasters breakfast and her Breakfast Burrito supper on Monday. Yes, I am allowing her to have eggs at two meals! She only has one birthday a year. :-)

Here is a photo of this precious girl holding her baby brother the first week of his life:

Have a great weekend!

Breastfeeding, Clogged Ducts, Mastitis and Lecithin Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Jesicca Rienzy

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