I&D on a large breast abcess

by Louise Baker
(India)

Hi, I have recently had to have I&D on a large breast abcess and now been told as milk is coming through the wound I will have to stop breastfeeding altogether as the wound will not heal whilst this is happening! Reading your website is encouraging as it says this shouldn't be a problem but do you have any more specific info on this issue as I do not want to end up with further problems if it won't heal. many thanks from a very pro-breastfeeding mom!

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Oct 11, 2011
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Breast milk has wonderful healing and anti-inflammatory properties
by: Tracy

Hi

Please do not stop breastfeeding, it could end up giving you even more problems if you stopped!

So many doctors advise to stop breastfeeding because they do not know better...they haven't a clue about breastfeeding.

Breast milk has wonderful healing and anti-inflammatory properties, so it will help heal your wound faster. Abrupt weaning now will only
cause a breast infection like mastitis.

Where on the breast was the incision made? If it is around the nipple where baby has to put his/hers mouth, then its best to keep pumping until it heals, but
if the cut is far away from the nipple you can continue to breastfeed as normal.

Something interesting you might like to read about breast milk...

Other uses of breast milk


Oct 12, 2011
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milk ducts is running directly into the wound
by: Louise

Dear Tracey,

Thankyou for the below - it is good to hear this answer. The incision was made away from the nipple, as the Dr was aware I was keen to continue feeding. But now she is saying that one of the milk ducts is running directly into the wound and that this will cause the wound to only heal so far - is this true? I'll be honest, I didn't ask too many questions as I was just in shock and gutted when she told me! Anyway, I am going to a different specialist for second opinion.

I am going to fight to keep feeding.
Thanks,
Louise

Oct 12, 2011
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unnecessary to stop breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi Louise

I'm going to stick to my answer, I really believe it is unnecessary to stop...but please do go for a second opinion and preferably go see somebody that is breastfeeding friendly.

You know, even if you do decide to stop breastfeeding from that side...you can continue to exclusively feed your baby from one breast (the breast without the cut) There are many moms who have done this.

Kind regards
Tracy

Nov 05, 2011
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the wound has finally healed!
by: Louise

Hi Tracy,

Well its been a bit hectic but wanted to update you as you'll be pleased to know I am still breastfeeding and the wound has finally healed! so I'm really pleased, thanks for the support!

I visited a Dr in Uk and he was really good and confirmed exactly what you say re anti-bodies help to fight infection and although due to milk keeping it wet it may take a little longer it isn't a reason to stop!

I will try to post my story on internet at some point so other mums with same experience aren't put off!

Thanks again,
Louise

Nov 05, 2011
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wonderful news!
by: Tracy

HI Louise

That's wonderful news! I'm so happy for you!

I'm sure your story will help many moms.

Look after yourself

Jun 12, 2012
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Hopeful to restart nursing after surgery
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Your story has helped me gain the courage to start nursing again. I had a very large abscess that was drained by the surgeon. Although she was aware that I was nursing the incision was made close to my nipple & I was told I had to stop nursing. It's been three weeks, I'm still having my wound packed daily, and I stopped nursing. I really regret that I didn't ask more questions as to why I had to stop nursing. I wish that I had fought more and insisted on being able to nurse by having an incision away from the nipple. I am going to try to get my supply back up and try to nurse on the unaffected side until the other side heals. Thank you for sharing & giving me hope.

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