Model Erin McNaught’s mastitis nightmare: “I was in agony”

Erin McNaught

Model and mum-of-two Erin McNaught just endured a nasty case of mastitis, and while it didn’t put her in the hospital, it did have her flat on her back over the weekend, feeling like death warmed up.

Breast blockage

Erin’s married to Elliot Gleave (aka rapper Example) and they have two little boys together, 2-year-old Evander and 3-week-old Ennio.

Erin said she’d been feeling a bit peaky last week, then mastitis hit her like the veritable tonne of bricks. 

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. – Australian Breastfeeding Association

“Feeling pretty crappy”

The busy – and thankfully much better now – mum wanted to broach this painful topic with her Instagram followers, in the hope that she can help other mamas spot the symptoms of mastitis and seek treatment before things get too fraught.

“Wanted to talk about [mastitis] a bit as I had no idea 1) how painful it can actually get, and 2) how serious it can be!” Erin posted.

“I was feeling pretty crappy last week – really achey all over, super fatigued and had a splitting headache. Basically flu symptoms.”

“I was in agony”

It seems that she figured she may have had mastitis, but some patchy symptoms meant she figured it had resolved itself. Unfortunately for her, it hadn’t.

“I’d suspected mild mastitis a few days before but had thought it had cleared up, so I put the fluey feeling down to only getting an average of 3 hours sleep a night and being generally really run down,” Erin wrote.

“Felt OK on Friday but by Saturday afternoon I could barely even stand up and I was in AGONY. Turns out it was mastitis and I was going downhill, FAST.”

Downhill fast

Realising how pear-shaped this might get, she rang a locum who put her straight on the horse-strength antibiotics, in a bid to get this speedy and potentially dangerous infection under control.

Erin says if she hadn’t acted when she did, things could have been much, much worse.

“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 straight away. If I had’ve left it even until the next morning, I most likely would have been HOSPITALISED and an IV antibiotic given for 24hrs!”

“Imagine being back in hospital with a newborn baby, hooked up to an IV, simply because you ignored your symptoms and tried to push through.”

Look after yourself

Erin’s message to other mums? Err on the side of caution if you’re breastfeeding – and don’t discount flu-ey symptoms or breast tenderness.

And if you’re not breastfeeding, and feel a bit peaky, pop into the doctor to double check all is okay.

“So if you’re a new mum and you don’t feel right, PLEASE, get yourself checked out! IT’S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY,” Erin urged.

Can't even cope 😍😍😍

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CAUTION: LONG POST ABOUT πŸ€BOOBSπŸ€ AHEAD! Trust me, it will make sense in a minute 😜 So we were sent some delicious biscuits πŸͺ by some lovely friends after Ennio πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ was born (well, these were for Van but there were others for us I promise!) and these colourful treats have been extra appreciated these past few days, as my ⭕️mastitis⭕️ returned with a vengeance over the weekend πŸ˜£πŸ˜–πŸ˜©πŸ˜© Wanted to talk about it a bit as I had NO IDEA 1) how painful it can actually get, and 2) how serious it can be! 🚨🚨🚨 I was feeling pretty crappy last week – really achey all over, super fatigued and had a splitting headache πŸ€• Basically flu symptoms. I'd suspected mild mastitis a few days before but had thought it had cleared up, so I put the fluey feeling down to only getting an average of 3hrs sleep a night and being generally really run down. Felt ok on Friday but by Saturday afternoon I could barely even stand up and I was in AGONY 😭😭😭 Turns out it was mastitis πŸ‘Ή and I was going downhill, FAST ☠️ 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 straight away. If I had've left it even until the next morning, I most likely would have been HOSPITALISED and an IV antibiotic given for 24hrs! 😱 Imagine being πŸ”™ in hospital with a newborn baby, hooked up to an IV, simply because you ignored your symptoms and tried to push through 😳So if you're a new mum and you don't feel right, PLEASE, get yourself checked out! IT'S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY 😊

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