This mama's Instagram post about the casualties of breastfeeding points out something you might not have known about nursing.
If you're a mama-to-be. you've probably heard about how tough breastfeeding can be on your body.
But you might not have heard about this: Lindsey Bliss, a doula and breastfeeding mom, uploaded a photograph showing the painful condition she's currently suffering while breastfeeding—mastitis—and her viral post brings attention to a breastfeeding complication that few people discuss.
Bliss shared a shot of herself nursing her baby, but this isn't your standard #brelfie: Bliss's breast is clearly red and inflamed in the photo. The mom suffers from mastitis, an infection that can appear in the breast and causes pain, swelling and redness. It may even cause fever and chills in the women it affects.
"When a good boob goes bad - AGAIN! I literally wanted Dan to bring me to the ER last night due to the most EPIC engorged boob, full body shakes, and a crushing headache. On the mend today from my bed. Why does this keep happening?" the mom captioned the breastfeeding photo.
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When a good boob goes bad - AGAIN! I literally wanted Dan to bring me to the ER last night due to the most EPIC engorged boob, full body shakes, and a crushing headache. On the mend today from my bed. Why does this keep happening? #redboob #goodboobgonebad #breastfeedingisnotalwaysmagical #mastitis #engorgedbreast
"It literally feels like someone kicked me in the breast," Bliss told Cosmopolitan. "No one really warns you about how powerful mastitis is. Your boob can cause a full body shut down...You always see these flawless goddess photos of breastfeeding, and no one discusses or shows when shit gets crazy. Yes, [you might think] breastfeeding is the best thing for your child, but it isn't always unicorns and rainbows. Sometimes it just sucks."
The crazy part? Despite the fact that Bliss is a doula herself, she didn't understand what was happening right away—which only proves that this issue isn't given enough attention. On the other hand, this news shouldn't scare to-be moms away from nursing their own babies. Mastitis can even affect non-nursing women, and using good breastfeeding technique can bring down your risk, according to Mayo Clinic. Blocked milk ducts and bacteria entering the breast are two common causes, and and the best thing you can do to clear the infection is to continue breastfeeding to empty those breasts.