When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor now if you have:
- Increasing pain in one area of the breast.
- Increasing redness in one area of the breast or red streaks extending away from an area of the breast.
- Drainage of pus from the nipple or another area of the breast.
- A fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher.
Call your doctor today if you have:
- Breast problems, such as cracked and bleeding nipples or blisters on your nipples, that are not relieved by home treatment.
- A fever less than 101°F (38.3°C).
- Symptoms of Reference postpartum depression Opens New Window, such as often feeling sad, tearful, anxious, hopeless, or irritable. Postpartum depression can make breast-feeding problems seem even worse.
- Swollen glands (Reference lymph nodes Opens New Window) in the neck or armpit.
Call your doctor today if your baby:
- Is not eating well for any reason or has any of the following symptoms:
- A rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
- Fussiness or sleepiness that interferes with breast-feeding
- Weakness, listlessness, or lack of interest in feeding
- Thick, white patches in the mouth and cheeks, which are signs of a Reference yeast infection (thrush), or signs of a diaper rash
- Shows signs of poor eating, such as:
- Not reaching his or her birth weight by 2 weeks of age or other signs of Reference insufficient weight gain.
- Wetting fewer than 6 diapers a day.
- Passing little or no stool in the first 4 weeks, or passing stools that are dark green and contain mucus after the first few days. But it is normal for your baby to have fewer stools starting around 4 to 8 weeks of age. As long as stools remain soft and your baby is feeding well, it should not be a concern.
- Having problems latching on to the breast.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology