The Australian Breastfeeding Association state that, "Mastitis is usually the result of a blocked milk duct that hasn't cleared. Some of the milk banked up behind the blocked duct can be forced into nearby breast tissue, causing the tissue to become inflamed. The inflammation is called mastitis. Infection may or may not be present. If you think you have mastitis, see your medical adviser."
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If you haven't heard about Qiara, then you need to. Qiara saved me from days and even weeks of pain and recovery. I started to feel better within 24 hours!
Luckily, soon after I started having symptoms, I happened to have an appointment with the lactation consultant to help with my breastfeeding techniques and she quickly identified my symptoms and recommended Qiara.
She informed me that this was a new product on the market that can help to cure mastitis - Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. This product is quickly generating support and evidence-based results - proving the effectiveness on relieving symptoms and quickening the recovery pace from having mastitis.
So, what is Qiara?
“Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding contains the patented probiotic strain Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716, originally isolated from breast milk, which may help … relieve or reduce breast pain and discomfort associated with mastitis [as well as] reduce the recurrence of mastitis” (Qiara, 2017).
Having been a new mum with a lack of breastfeeding experience and a baby who was finding sucking difficult, my chance of getting mastitis was high. I also had little understanding of what mastitis was and how painful it could be. However, I did know that flu-like symptoms plus breast pain meant (most likely) mastitis.
My symptoms included:
chills and a fever
breasts hot to touch and skin like a red rash
hard, tender lumps in my breast
Why do I think Qiara works?
The first time I got mastitis, I felt changes and felt better within one day. Within three days, I felt almost back to normal and could function properly. After seven days, I felt no symptoms.
The second time I got mastitis, I recognised the symptoms immediately, and I took two sachets over two days. I immediately felt the effect.
What did I do?
I took two sachets of Qiara a day (one in the morning and one in the evening) for the first few days. I then had one sachet in the morning each day. I poured the sachet into an empty cup. I mixed the powder and slowly added one cup of milk. You can use any cold liquid but do not use hot liquid. Also, if you do not stir while pouring the liquid, you can end up with lumps in your drink (yuck!).
I followed my lactation consultants instructions, and I recommend that, if you have mastitis symptoms, you should see your doctor or your lactation consultant.
I didn’t just use Qiara. I used Qiara as a medical treatment and put in place other treatments to help Qiara work.
I massaged my breast and pushed the lumps towards my nipple to help the milk pass through
I used hot packs and hot showers
I pumped (when my breasts felt full, and my baby didn’t drain me, I pumped)
For every feed, I breastfed on the boob that had mastitis first
I made sure to rest (when my baby was asleep, I was too)
Pinky Mckay (an author and lactation consultant) also supports Qiara by stating that, “There are some sound clinical studies that it can be helpful in preventing and resolving mastitis.”
Nutra ingredients also discuss the effectiveness of Qiara, and the support Qiara is receiving from medical professionals, as a product to try before resorting to antibiotics. In addition, I found that the Australian Breastfeeding Association has valuable advice and ideas to help manage your mastitis.
Again, I also strongly suggest seeing your doctor and treating mastitis as soon as possible.
I had such a positive outcome through using Qiara. If you have had a similar experience I would love to hear how Qiara helped you - click the link below!!
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