Breast abcess - even with milk leaking from wound you CAN continue to feed!
by Louise Baker
I have recently finally healed from breast surgery, which was as a result of a breast abcess that needed draining.
I wanted to share my story as I was told, following the surgery that I would have to stop feeding my baby boy due to milk leaking through the wound - however this has proved to be untrue and so other mums should be aware that they can keep going!
My breast infection turned into a breast abscess that wouldn't respond to anti-biotics so I had to have the surgery, which was not pleasant as my abscess was very large! However, after surgery I was able to breast feed as the surgeon had made the incision off the nipple, so so far so good - at least the pain was gone and I finally felt more human again!
However, one week later I visited the surgeon to have the wound and breast checked and she found that I had milk running out through the wound. Her reaction was that I had to take tablets to stop my milk as otherwise the wound wouldn't heal due to the constant flow!
As most breast feeding mums can imagine I was devastated as little 'un was only 8 wks and I was striving to get to 6 months at least!
After further discussion with her there seemed no other option, but luckily we were traveling back to UK (I was living in India at the time and had had my boy and the breast surgery out there) so she delayed prescription and suggested I see somebody in the Uk.
We immediately arranged an appointment for the day after our return and luckily I was met with a much more positive and pro-breastfeeding approach which resulted in my being able to continue feeding with absolutely no problems!
My wound possibly took a little longer to heal but ultimately it did with no problems! In fact the milk meant that the wound was being kept clean and I had no issue at all with infection, bearing in mind its an open wound that has to be packed daily.
So, for all those mum's frantically googling for re-assurance like I was, message is 'Don't stop feeding, get second opinions and use this website'! It seems in most cases there is no need to stop.