Being a new mom is tough! Audrey Roloff just gave birth to her first child — a baby girl named Ember Jean — last week, but her first few days of motherhood haven't been pure baby bliss. The Little People, Big World star took social media to reveal that she's been suffering from mastitis, a common illness that affects women who choose to breastfeed their babies. Watch the video below to find out more about Audrey's struggle with mastitis.
According to WebMD, mastitis is defined as inflammation of the breast that is caused by an infection after bacteria enters the breast through the nipple via a cracked or sore nipple. Mastitis can also be caused by anemia, waiting too long in between breastfeeding sessions, or failing to empty the breast completely of milk. It can happen at any time while a mother breastfeeds, but it's most likely to start between the first two or three weeks of birth to six months. It usually affects only one breast that can look red or appear warm to the touch, and the symptoms can include fever, chills, and body aches.
The symptoms are flu-like, which can drain a new mom — especially Audrey, who had previously complained about only getting about seven hours of sleep since Ember was born. The only way that Audrey can recover from mastitis is by getting rest, drinking plenty of liquids, and continuing to breastfeed through the infected breast — which is totally safe for her baby girl. She also may require antibiotics, which will also be safe for her take while breastfeeding.
🎀She’s here!🎀 Get all the details about Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s precious new daughter, including her name! #LPBW https://t.co/tS8LGuDxI9 pic.twitter.com/Yg3eJw70S5— TLC Network (@TLC) September 11, 2017
🎀She’s here!🎀 Get all the details about Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s precious new daughter, including her name! #LPBW https://t.co/tS8LGuDxI9 pic.twitter.com/Yg3eJw70S5
But thankfully, Auj isn't going through this alone! Her faithful husband Jeremy is by her side and they're both adjusting to their new role as parents. The couple is usually pretty active on social media, but they explained why they've been quiet on Instagram in his birth announcement. "For now we're resting at home soaking In the present — honored that we've been entrusted with this little life," he wrote.
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