An increase in temperature during lactation is an undesirable deviation in the health of a nursing mother, the appearance of which may be associated with ARVI, mastitis, lactostasis and other diseases. It is not worth stabilizing the temperature on your own - it is better to entrust the appointment of treatment to a doctor. An experienced specialist will select drugs that will quickly improve the well-being of the mother and will not harm the baby.
Causes of an increase in body temperature in nursing mothers
During pregnancy and breastfeeding of the baby, a woman should carefully monitor her health, since any deterioration in well-being that led to drug treatment can negatively affect the health of the baby. An increase in body temperature during lactation can be explained by several reasons, the most common of which is a seasonal viral infection, which is not always possible to protect against. In addition to this symptom, other signs of the disease appear in a nursing mother in this case - sore throat, cough, runny nose.
For a more accurate temperature measurement, the thermometer should be held in the elbow bend. The fact is that during lactation, degrees under the arm can be much higher.
An increase in the mother's temperature during breastfeeding may be associated with the development of lactostasis, that is, stagnation of milk in the glands. At first, a woman feels discomfort in her chest, and only after that her temperature rises. The reasons for this deviation are as follows:
- squeezing of the mammary glands;
- improper diet.
The danger of milk stagnation is that it can cause lactational mastitis, the treatment of which, in advanced cases, requires surgical intervention.
Can I breastfeed my baby at a temperature?
The question of whether breastfeeding will harm the baby when the temperature rises during lactation worries every mother. They should not be worried about this, since doctors say that breastfeeding can and should be continued. And they motivate this approach by the ingestion of antibodies contained in breast milk into the child's body. Thus, the child's defenses are increased.
If you stop breastfeeding your baby, his chances of catching a cold or getting the flu from his own mother will increase significantly. However, if lactostasis or mastitis provoked by it turned out to be the culprit for the increase in temperature, breastfeeding should be continued, and more actively. By sucking milk, the baby frees the mother's breast from stagnation.
How to safely bring down a mother's temperature during breastfeeding?
If the mercury column does not exceed 38 ° C, you should not fight the temperature - the body must cope on its own.
A plentiful warm drink as a means of lowering the temperature can be used only in the absence of lactostasis. If the child does not have allergies, honey and lemon are added to the tea.
But if the thermometer "rolls over", you cannot do without drugs. Nurofen or Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are considered safe drugs for nursing mothers. Rectal suppositories, the composition of which is based on paracetamol and ibuprofen, also help to quickly reduce the temperature.
Cool compresses applied to the forehead will help reduce the heat. Rubbing the body with a weak vinegar solution is allowed. It is not recommended to use vodka or alcohol for this purpose, since alcohol can penetrate the skin into the body and cause intoxication.