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Microwaveable Hot Packs and Gel Pads For Treating Mastitis While Breast Feeding

Updated on July 26, 2012

One of the few disadvantages of breast feeding is mastitis, which, unfortunately, many breastfeeding moms experience. Mastitis refers to any inflammation of the breast, whether accompanied by a fever or not. Symptoms of breast infection, which may come on gradually or suddenly, include intense pain in one or both breasts, red, hot, or swollen breast or a hard, tender, reddened area on the breast.

You may also be asking “does mastitis affect milk supply?” If you breastfeed less frequently due to the pain of mastitis, you could negatively affect your milk supply. That is why it is important to continue to breastfeed, despite the pain. Fortunately, you can ease the pain of mastitis at home by applying either dry or wet heat directly to your breast. This article will cover some of the breastfeeding cooling and heat packs you can purchase to ease the discomfort of mastitis. You can find great deals on these soothing pads online.

NUK Warm Or Cool Relief Pack

The microwaveable NUK warm or Cool Relief Pack is designed to make mom's breastfeeding experience comfortable and trouble free. The NUK Warm or Cool Relief Packs provide immediate and effective warming or cooling relief to ease the discomfort of engorgement, blocked ducts, inflammation or mastitis. The relief pack can be used warm or cool depending on mom's need. The unique shape conforms to a variety of breast sizes. The packs are both microwave and freezer safe and feature hand-washable fabric for added comfort. When microwaved, the heat lasts for about 20 minutes.

Reviews of the NUK Warm or Cool Relief Pack are overwhelmingly positive. Anything that can help ease the discomfort of mastitis is a welcome relief. Several moms also commented that the warm packs even helped to stimulate increased milk production! This is especially helpful if you have stopped nursing as frequently as you otherwise would due to the pain and discomfort from mastitis. You might even consider purchasing 2 sets, one set to keep in the freezer for cold relief and one set to use for hot relief.

Breast Ease Warm/Cool Gel Pads

Breast Ease warm/cool gel pads for nursing mothers are soothing, reusable gel pads to ease discomfort from engorgement, blocked ducts, mastitis and breast tenderness, promoting a healthy breastfeeding experience. Used warm, breast ease improves milk flow before nursing; used cold, the pads reduce swelling and discomfort. With its soft-feel surface, contoured shape, and unique gel formula breast ease is a gentle way to improve your breastfeeding experience. The BPA-free and PVC-free Breast Ease pads contour to your breasts for a comfortable fit. The heat lasts for approximately 20 minutes but cannot be heated in the microwave, but rather should be warmed in hot water.

If you are searching for something to help ease the mastitis pain, hopefully one of these items will help. I wish you the best of luck on this uncomfortable situation - just know that it will get better!  If you found this article helpful, you might also enjoy reading my article on bottles for breastfed babies.

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    • Written Up profile imageAUTHOR

      Written Up 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Kathleen, you're right, a hot shower is a great relief. Thanks for the tips!

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      After nursing three babies, I can tell you from my experience the best relief from this condition was to get into a hot shower and let the hot water relief the pressure in the breast without stimulating it to make more milk. Also feed the baby for shorter periods but more often until the symptoms subside. Best of luck to these Moms.

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