Mothers are often concerned that breastfeeding with mastitis may be too painful. We are not joking here, lying on the swollen chest is certainly not a pleasure. But soon you will feel relief when the baby empties. However, midwives recommend starting the lactation meal with a healthy breast. Sucking stimulates the flow of milk, which also makes it easier to breastfeed the inflamed breast.
For additional relief, you can treat your breast with heat before breastfeeding: for example, with warm compresses. This expands the breast tissue and the milk can drain more easily. After breastfeeding, cooling down helps. Either use a cooling pad for this or try curd wraps. Midwives rely on this trick for mastitis. The quark has the advantage that it not only cools, but is also anti-inflammatory. Another typical tip from midwives is cabbage wraps. They are also said to have a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect. So it looks a bit like Ariel from the orchard, but it does help.