Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi gets real about mastitis, a painful breast infection

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi gets real about mastitis, a painful breast infection
Nicole Polizzi, also known as Snooki from the TV show Jersey Shore , isn’t afraid to get real about her adventures in motherhood .

Earlier this year, for allowing her older children, ages 4 and 6, to ride around Disney World in strollers. Polizzi shrugged off the comments, saying strollers save her “the stress of not losing [her] offspring.”

Now, the reality star is opening up about a painful side effect of breastfeeding : mastitis .

In an Instagram story on Thursday, Polizzi shared a picture with her head in her hands.

“Felt the onset of mastitis starting. Had the worst chills and fever the other night, and I’ve been pumping and feeding my boobs off all day. Jesus, take the wheel,” she wrote.

She and her husband Jionni LaValle welcomed their third child, Angelo James, at the end of May.

According to the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation (CBF), Polizzi’s symptoms sound similar to those of mastitis, which can also produce a painful lump in the breast and redness near the infected site.

“Mastitis is due to an infection (almost always due to bacteria rather than other types of germs) that usually occurs in breastfeeding mothers,” says the site.

Jandy Beresford, a board-certified lactation consultant based in Durham, Ont., says mastitis is most often caused by a blocked duct.

In Beresford’s experience, mastitis makes you feel like you’ve been “hit by a truck.”

“It’s like getting the flu really badly and really quickly,” she said.

Sometimes, you can feel the bump of hardened milk, though not always. It depends on where the lump is in your breast.

“The telltale sign of mastitis is a fever because it’s an infection,” said Beresford.

According to Dr. Jack Newman, founder of the International Breastfeeding Centre , a blocked duct can occur when the mother has an abundant milk supply but the baby’s latch is not as good as it can be.
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