I've seen a few mama's have posted this on the interweb but not much real information except that BFing sites say strep can cause mastitis. Does that mean the same bacteria that causes strep throat can cause mastitis?
I think DD (age 3) has/had strep throat. DS, my nursing baby, 8 mo, has no symptoms. I have a call in to the doctor about swabbing.
I have nipple pain on one side and yesterday had a fever and exhaustion. There's no red mark and I can't feel any clog. I've read that you can get mastitis from strep. It seems far fetched (but possible) that my daughter's unconfirmed strep would pass to my son and then to my nipple.
Not sure where to go from here. I emailed LO's doc about swabs. I guess I should tell the OB my nipple hurts but do I tell him my crazy theory?
grapefruit / 4321 posts
Interesting. I've never heard this connection. But I did get mastitis shortly after having a case of strep throat this fall. But I don't believe mastitis could be given from your son to your nipple. It's more likely you might have an asymptomatic case of strep. I went to the doc just to be overly cautious because my husband had a bad case and our baby was 5 days old. I tested positive on the rapid culture. You should probably go get swabbed.
pear / 1503 posts
I've had mastitis and clogged ducts, as well as strep throat, but not together. I had strep throat when DS was 4.5 months old, and EBF. DH was working, so I spent all day with him while sick. We probably nursed more frequently because I mostly wanted to stay in bed. I think the frequent nursing helped him in the production of antibodies, because he never got sick. I never developed mastitis at all during or immediately after having strep.
I've never heard of a correlation/causation, but I'm also not a doctor. Maybe one of the doctor or nurse bees will chime in?
pomelo / 5257 posts
Thanks, I decided to email my OB asking what he thinks.