American actor Kristen Bell recently expressed her gratitude towards actor-husband Dax Shepard for helping cure her mastitis – the infection she had acquired while nursing their younger daughter Delta.
“One time I was particularly grateful for Dax was when I was breastfeeding our second girl and got mastitis. I’d had it before with my first daughter and learnt how dangerous it can get. It can go septic,” she said, aceshowbiz.com reported.
Detailing the incident, Bell revealed, “I was standing in the shower trying all the homoeopathic things but they didn’t work. We were away from home so I couldn’t see a doctor. Our daughter wasn’t latching well and preferred the bottle. So I pulled down my shirt and turned to Dax and said, ‘I’m going to need you to take care of this’.”
Next, Shepard sucked out whatever was blocking her duct and spat it into a mug. “I woke up the next morning and it was gone. I’m glad I have a husband who would step up to the plate and do what needed to be done.”
Explaining the condition, Dr Shweta Mendiratta, Senior Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, said, “Mastitis is inflammation of breast tissue usually involving infection and pain.”
According to the expert, it is usually caused by infection of breast tissue due to blocked milk duct, and is more common among breastfeeding mothers.
“It can, however, occur among women who aren’t breastfeeding, too. A blocked milk duct causes the infection to seep in,” Dr Mendiratta said.
Here are some common symptoms of mastitis, according to the expert.
Prevention and treatment
To prevent the occurrence of mastitis, Dr Mendiratta suggested “draining each breast completely while breastfeeding”.
Additionally, proper latching and positioning would also help prevent the infection, she added.
“Appropriate dose and duration of antibiotics and pain relievers would treat mastitis and also prevent complications like breast abscess,” she concluded.