Increased body temperature is a surprise for a nursing mother. No matter how a woman tries to protect herself, in the postpartum period the female body is very vulnerable. There are many reasons for this condition.
It is important for a young mother to decide on further feeding of the baby, because the baby needs food every 2-3 hours. The first step is to find out the true cause of this state.
The reasons for the increase in temperature
The most common cause of malaise is a viral and bacterial infection that enters the mother’s body through air, food and water. In the autumn-winter period, there is a peak incidence of respiratory infections such as influenza and ARVI. If a young mother caught a bacterial or viral infection, the risk of infecting a newborn baby is very high.
Refusing to breastfeed on the background of acute respiratory viral infections is strictly prohibited, since together with the mother’s milk valuable immune compounds enter the body of the newborn, which form the resistance of the child’s body to a viral or bacterial infection. Thanks to these antibodies, babies are less likely to get infected. If the baby gets infected from the mother, then the disease in his body will proceed in a mild form.
Serve the cause of the increase in body temperature in a nursing woman, can such factors:
- congestion in the mammary glands (lactostasis) and purulent-inflammatory process (mastitis);
- bacterial lesion of the oropharynx and nasopharynx (tonsillitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis);
- exacerbation of chronic diseases of internal organs;
- discrepancy or inflammation of the sutures imposed after cesarean section;
- food toxicoinfection;
- inflammatory process in the endometrium of the uterus;
- other serious pathologies of internal organs.
Each disease that caused the rise in body temperature should be treated under the strict supervision of a medical professional. The question of whether to continue breastfeeding is decided by the attending physician, after a preliminary examination. Many drugs are strictly contraindicated during lactation, so you can forget about self-treatment.
Violation of the technique of attachment of the child to the breast provokes the development of stagnation. If the mammary glands are not emptied in time, then inflammation forms in the congestive focus, manifested as an increased body temperature.
The effect of increased temperature on the quality of milk
The most painful issue for a young mother is the quality and safety of breast milk at elevated body temperature. This is very important, because poor-quality nutrition causes serious harm to the immature body of a newborn child.
With the development of inflammatory process pathogenic microorganisms can penetrate through the breast milk into the body of the baby. If this happened to a young mother, then she is recommended to stop breastfeeding for a while. In order for milk to disappear, it should be decanted regularly.
If lactostasis has become the cause of this state of the body, then in the initial stage of the disease no qualitative changes in breast milk are observed. During this period, you should not stop breastfeeding, as this process will help the baby to remain full, and the young mother will relieve from stagnation.
Acute infectious diseases do not contribute to changes in the quality of breast milk. Together with milk, valuable antibodies enter the body of the newborn, which form the immune system of the infant.
Feed or not feed
To answer this question, a young mother must verify the cause of the condition. Continue breastfeeding can be in such cases:
- if the cause of the rise in temperature was an acute respiratory viral infection (ARVI and ARD);
- if the temperature has increased due to stagnation and mastitis without a purulent process;
- if high body temperature is not accompanied by signs of purulent-inflammatory process in the mammary glands.
- if staphylococcal infection is present in the mammary glands of the nursing mother;
- if the cause of the increase in body temperature has become mastitis, complicated by a purulent-inflammatory process;
- if the young mother has exacerbated chronic diseases of internal organs.
If a young mother was forced to interrupt breastfeeding, in order to maintain a healthy lactation, she was recommended to constantly express milk and carefully monitor the hygiene of the mammary glands. There are good reasons for maintaining full nutrition, which include:
- Mother’s milk is a unique product that can provide the body of the newborn with essential substances. Even a significant increase in the mother’s body temperature does not contribute to the souring and rolling up of milk.
- With influenza and SARS, the maternal organism produces a large amount of valuable antibodies that, through food, enter the body of a newborn baby. This moment is very important for the child during the first year of life, since during this period there is an active formation of immunity.
- When the body temperature is elevated, the woman becomes weak, and it is much easier for her to attach the baby to her breast in a comfortable posture than to stand up several times a day to express milk. The pumping procedure is tedious.
Even diseases caused by infectious pathogens cannot cause the interruption of feeding if safe medicines were selected for the young mother.
How to measure the temperature
Proper measurement of body temperature affects the accuracy of the indicators. Tides of breast milk in the mammary glands contribute to an increase in body temperature, so its measurement in the armpit gives a false result.
The first 2 months after the birth of the child, the young mother should measure the body temperature in the area of the elbow bend. The normal indicator is the temperature range from 36.4 to 37.3 degrees.
How to bring down the temperature
If the cause of this condition has been established, then the primary task is to determine the feasibility of reducing it. If the temperature needs to be reduced, a woman should choose only safe medications that cannot harm the baby’s body.
A safe way to reduce the temperature is rectal antipyretic suppositories containing Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. These substances are not able to get into the composition of breast milk. Young mothers are often prescribed antipyretic drugs used in pediatric practice. Such drugs gently affect the female body and quickly reduce the temperature by several degrees.
To bring down the temperature without medication will help cool compress on the forehead. You can use the primitive method, which consists in rubbing the body with a solution of vinegar and water in a ratio of 1: 3.
If there is an indisposition, then it is very important for the nursing mother to observe the correct drinking regimen. The daily volume of fluid should be 1.5-2 liters. It should be used plain and mineral water, fruit juices, fruit drinks and fruit drinks. The antipyretic effect has a warm tea with lemon. Tea can be drunk with viburnum or raspberry jam. The use of such products must be coordinated with your doctor. If the baby has a tendency to allergies, then the woman should refrain from eating certain foods.
Food in this state should be varied and full. Eat food should be often and in small portions. It is important to avoid physical and emotional overstrain.
Nursing mother is strictly forbidden to conduct an independent struggle with fever. If a woman feels unwell, she should consult a medical specialist who will select the necessary treatment without the risk of harming the baby.