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Mastitis & probiotics:

Why probiotics are important in pregnancy and breastfeeding
By Stephanie Berglin
Date: October 08 2013
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Although many pregnant women may envision themselves breastfeeding, it does not always come with ease.

As many as 33% of breastfeeding mothers experience lactational mastitis, a painful condition involving inflammation and infection of one or more lobules of the mammary gland. This can make breastfeeding extremely painful and in some cases impossible.

Signs and symptoms of mastitis may include breasts that are sore, hot, swollen, shiny and streaked-red, as well as flu-like symptoms such as fever and body aches. The problem can extend to the infant as well, who may refuse their mother’s breast, as mastitis can result in unpleasant, salty-tasting breast milk.

To make matters more difficult, the undesirable bacterial strains that are present with lactational mastitis are resistant to a range of antibiotics. Consequently, mastitis can be a challenge to treat and explains why some breastfeeding women experience reoccurring or chronic mastitis.

This is unfortunate, not only because it is painful and unpleasant, but also because breastfeeding is beneficial for both baby and mother – the bonding opportunity between the mother and infant and the optimum nutritional content of breast milk cannot be replicated with the use of milk formulas.

The good news is that research has shown that probiotics may aid in the symptomatic relief of medically diagnosed lactational mastitis. Click site here to see the best probiotic supplements.

Groundbreaking studies have recently displayed that milk of healthy breastfeeding mothers contains certain probiotic strains, which are absent in the breast milk of mothers with mastitis; suggesting that mastitis may develop due to a bacterial imbalance.

Here is a breakdown of some studies that demonstrate the link between probiotics and lactational mastitis:

  • In a four week study of breastfeeding women with mastitis, those given a daily probiotic blend no longer showed signs of mastitis after two weeks. Interestingly, those not administered the probiotic were still experiencing mastitis by the study’s conclusion.
  • Another study compared the effect of certain probiotics versus antibiotics in the treatment of mastitis in breastfeeding women. There was greater improvement and lower recurrence of lactational mastitis in women receiving probiotic treatment than in those on antibiotics.
  • A third study displayed two probiotic species can significantly impair the growth of a bacterial organism common to lactational mastitis.

Commonly experienced by breastfeeding mothers, the physical and emotional health impact of lactational mastitis is significant, effecting both mother and infant. This makes the promising research on probiotics and their potential to improve lactational mastitis something to be excited about.

Stephanie Berglin DBM, DipNut, BA Comms is a naturopath, nutritionist and iridologist with 12 years of clinical experience. Completing her studies at Sydney's renowned Natural Care College, Stephanie went on to found her own successful practice, before taking on her current role as Technical Editor at BioCeuticals, Australia’s leading provider of practitioner-only nutritional and therapeutic supplements

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Qiaraau says: 2018 04 10

Great post. Probiotics targets and outcompetes the pathogenic bacteria in breast milk that may be causing the pain and infection. It also helps to restore and maintain a healthy balance of protective flora in the breast milk microbiome to help prevent recurrence.

Hessy says: 2018 10 06

An inineltgelt answer - no BS - which makes a pleasant change

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