Australian model and TV presenter Erin McNaught gave birth to her second son, Ennio Stanley, just one month ago, but her experience with mastitis has left her in agony and required an emergency doctor’s visit last week.
Now on the mend, McNaught has written a candid Instagram post urging mothers of newborns to be aware of the risks – and warning signs – of the inflammatory breast condition, Essential Baby reports.
“My mastitis returned with a vengeance over the weekend,” McNaught begins. “I had no idea 1) how painful it can actually get and 2) how serious it can be!”
After experiencing typical flu symptoms – McNaught says she was “really achy all over, super fatigued and had a splitting headache” – the 35-year-old pushed on, convincing herself she was just a run-down new mum.
But by the Saturday, she could barely stand. “I was going downhill, fast,” she writes. “I had to get an emergency call-out doctor round to the house at 8pm who prescribed a strong antibiotic that had to be taken straightaway. If I’d left it even until the next morning, I most likely would have been hospitalised and an IV antibiotic given for 24 hours.”
“Imagine being in hospital with a new born baby, hooked up to an IV, simply because you ignored your symptoms and tried to push through,” she adds, along with a plea to all new mums: “Please, get yourself checked out! It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
McNaught’s mastitis is now under control. If you’re experiencing any difficulties breastfeeding, counselling is available 24/7 on the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s national breastfeeding helpline: 1800 686 268.
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