Jewel Mische undergoes surgery due to mastitis: 'It's more painful than labor and childbirth!'

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Jewel Mische opens up about her struggle with breastfeeding when she suffered a painful condition called mastitis that requires surgery to correct. Mastitis happens when breast tissues get infected and inflamed owing to engorgement and clogged milk ducts. It commonly occurs during the first three months of nursing. 


Former actress Jewel Mische has been in "straight mommy mode" since her daughter Aislah Rose was born.

In an Instagram post last August 23, the new celebrity mom opened up about her first challenge as a mom—breastfeeding.

"It blows my mind God gave us the gift of breastfeeding! But... what a pain to get clogged milk ducts," she revealed in the post.

"No sleep + lazy pumping led to mastitis ... No sleep + lazy pumping + IGNORANCE led to surgery (for incision and drainage).

"I get why women give up on this. Motherhood is beautiful but breastfeeding is something else!! Grabe."

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I’ve been in straight mommy mode the past 6 weeks. Diapers, breastfeeding, not a lot of sleep, soothing, recovering from natural birth and now healing from surgery. – It blows my mind God gave us the gift of breastfeeding! BUT... what a pain to get clogged milk ducts.🍼 – No sleep + lazy pumping led to mastitis ... No sleep + lazy pumping + IGNORANCE led to surgery (for incision and drainage)😔. I get why women give up on this. Motherhood is beautiful but breastfeeding is something else!! Grabe.😟 – I LOVE being a mommy!! (Aislah is such a dream)!!😍 It’s just that It’s been super challenging for me emotionally and physically this past few weeks between Aislah being hospitalized, then myself! Not to mention the sleep deprivation plus just being a first time mom! — Happy to report that I’m back home.. and Aislah is as perfect as can be!!!❤️❤️❤️ I have a wound in my breast (this was the last photo captured where I can hold Aislah this way.. chest still hurts atm) and docs said I most likely won’t be able to breastfeed on this side anymore..💔 BUT this too, SHALL TURN INTO A TESTIMONY!!!🙏🏼!!❤️!!😊 Because #ourGODisgreater , I don’t have sad stories, only testimonies.🙌🏼😊 — I salute all the mama’s out there breastfeeding away!🍼🏆 And in case you don’t have anyone to remind you.. You are not alone when you’re struggling. No matter what it’s about. We got this!❤️👊🏼

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In an Instagram post dated October 3, Jewel gave an update on her condition.

"The mastitis I had was that bad, I was completely clogged on the one side, and a simple aspiration would’ve not been enough. I must say, it was quite devastating and was even more painful than labor and childbirth!" she described.

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Tea and testimony.☕️🙌🏼 .. I went to see my doctor and he said my breast had healed “fantastically”. He is quite impressed with my recovery and how I heal so fast. Prior to surgery, he couldn’t guarantee how the affected area will look. But just after six weeks, you can’t even tell I had the incision. In fact, it naturally camouflaged to look just like the surrounding area as the incision (about an inch in size) started to seal. Quite amazing..... to think that it didn’t even get stitched!! - That was to make sure it heals from the inside out. It did and it healed itself (how incredibly God made the human body)!! (And yes I had a hole in my breast for a few weeks. The mastitis I had was that bad, I was completely clogged on the one side and a simple aspiration would’ve not been enough. I must say, it was quite devastating and was even more painful than labor and childbirth!) — I had to see the Doc yesterday instead of next month because I wanted to show him the tiny, white, calloused looking spot that started to form at the end of the incision. He said it’s just new skin and should get it’s pigmentation back eventually. Then he said I don’t need to come back next month because he’s convinced it’s not necessary anymore!! HALLELUJAH! – I also have MILK FLOWING!!!!!! 🍼 Big deal because the surgeon and lactation consultant said before that I most likely won’t be able to breastfeed on this side again!!! Now, the Doc said that he’s not sure wether the incision will seal up completely or not, and that I might always have issues with breastfeeding after what happened. Well, thank God for doctors, but regardless of what the natural facts are, the truth is that GOD HAS ALREADY HEALED ME (1Peter 2:24), and I can believe Him for “brand new” milk ducts that shall function perfectly for Aislah and my future babies!!🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 #IDontSettleForLessThanGodsBest 😊

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Mastitis is a painful condition that happens when breast tissues get infected and inflamed due to engorgement and clogged milk ducts. It commonly occurs during the first three months of nursing.

Signs that a nursing mom has mastitis include:

  • breasts that are tender and/or warm to the touch
  • swelling of the breast
  • pain or burning sensation while breastfeeding
  • skin redness, often in a wedge-shaped pattern, on the breast
  • fever at 38.3 degree-Celcius or higher
  • tiredness, aches and pain

The quickest way to treat mastitis is to fully empty the breasts of milk by nursing the baby even if it can get excruciatingly painful.

Pumping breast milk can do the trick, too.

Applying warm compress also helps loosen milk ducts.

Doctors may prescribe medication for the pain and, in some cases, antibiotics to fight bacteria.

Surgery is also sometimes needed to open the ducts and drain abscess or pus. 

The condition can be prevented by making sure your baby is latching correctly every time you breastfeed. Try other nursing positions from time to time.

Do not miss a feeding session and avoid tight-fitting bras to prevent undue pressure on the breast.

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Eat a healthy diet and have plenty of rest.

Jewel continued in her post, "It’s been super challenging for me emotionally and physically this past few weeks between Aislah being hospitalized, then myself!

"Not to mention the sleep deprivation plus just being a first time mom! — Happy to report that I’m back home.. and Aislah is as perfect as can be!!!

"I have a wound in my breast (this was the last photo captured where I can hold Aislah this way.. chest still hurts atm) and docs said I most likely won’t be able to breastfeed on this side anymore...

"BUT this too, SHALL TURN INTO A TESTIMONY!!! Because #ourGODisgreater, I don’t have sad stories, only testimonies—I salute all the mamas out there breastfeeding away!

"And in case you don’t have anyone to remind you.. You are not alone when you’re struggling. No matter what it’s about.

"We got this!"

THE GOOD NEWS IS...

Her first after-surgery checkup showed that her affected breast had healed "fantastically" and fast, too.

But her surgery raised another concern for Jewel. She had a wound in her chest that needed to heal, and doctors told her that she would most likely only be able to nurse her daughter on one side, the unaffected breast.

This prompted the breastfeeding momma to ask: "Will my baby get enough milk?"

Later on, Jewel gave another update on her Instagram post dated October 5.

"Breastfeeding makes me feel supernatural but also used to make me just wanna cry out of frustration!" she wrote.

"The episodes I had with mastitis was awful, and then I was told that my one breast most probably won’t produce milk anymore

"Despite all that I just couldn’t give up. Especially after watching the hole in my breast fill up with new flesh and heal itself."

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Jewel trusted that God will heal her body so she can better nourish and care for her daughter.

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Most moms have two breasts, and after giving birth, they use them both to feed their babies. But what if you’re not most moms?. .. Because of the issue on my one side, @AislahRose has been breastfeeding exclusively from only one breast!🍼 It’s an interesting concept, I was hesitant and honestly, the thought of it sounded kinda weird at first. Ultimately my concern was, will my baby get enough milk??😦😰 [If this is TMI for you, I’m sorry, it’s not as if I feel that comfortable sharing about it either. But this is for the soon to be mamas. A lot of times you don’t see the struggle of postpartum & breastfeeding.] — Why is something that’s supposedly so natural can be so challenging??? Breastfeeding makes me feel supernatural but also used to make me just wanna cry out of frustration! The episodes I had with mastitis was awful, and then I was told that my one breast most probably won’t produce milk anymore.💔 Despite all that I just couldn’t give up. Especially after watching the hole in my breast fill up with new flesh & heal itself!! I know for sure that the same God who created this amazing body can restore it back to perfect condition!👊🏼😄 Besides, He brought Aislah into this world, why wouldn’t He supply all the breastmilk she needs? So one day I just decided enough pumping, enough supplementing, I will feed Aislah with what I have! Even if it means we will both suffer for a few days while one breast builds up it’s supply to compensate for the other (as you know breast milk is made by the ‘supply & demand’ principle) - But to everyone’s amazement, Aislah had enough milk with one breast that same day!!! She was unbothered and even slept throughout the night❣️— You know, GOD IS GOOD. And I have so much respect for this vessel I am in I can’t even tell you. So, anyway... it can be done and a baby can get enough breast milk from just one breast! (Aislah is full of life and growing at a healthy pace❣️🙌🏼 ) — I am not sure how long our breastfeeding journey will continue, but one thing I do know is this type of feeding is temporary for us. I don’t care if the doctors can’t guarantee it, the Word of God already did - I will be able to nurse🍼 from both sides again!!😊🌈🙌🏼☀️

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One day, Jewel just decided to stop pumping and supplementing, and just nurse her three-month-old daughter.

"To everyone's amazement, Aislah had enough milk with one breast that same day!" the new mom revealed.

"She was unbothered and even slept throughout the night."

Another good news: After thinking that she might not produce milk or nurse on the affected breast, Jewel had breast milk flowing from it again.

Even though doctors warned her that she might continue to have nursing issues on the affected breast, she's taken it as a good sign. 

The first-time mom remains optimistic about her and daughter Aislah's breastfeeding journey together.

"I am not sure how long our breastfeeding journey will continue, but one thing I do know is this type of feeding is temporary for us.

"I will be able to nurse from both sides again!"

This story originally appeared on SmartParenting.com.ph.

*Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.


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