After welcoming twins June 11, Bachelor star Lauren Burnham-Luyendyk was hospitalized for postpartum complications.
Her husband Arie Luyendyk has been sharing updates on her mastitis condition and treatment with photos and videos on Instagram.
Bachelor star Lauren Burnham-Luyendyk is in the hospital battling a severe case of the breast infection mastitis. Her husband Arie Luyendyk has been sharing photos and video updates with followers on Instagram.
"Not good, mastitis is getting worse even on antibiotics. Hate this for her," Arie wrote on Stories, showing a video fo Lauren in the hospital. Then, he shared a scan of Lauren's chest, showing the inflammation and blockages in her milk ducts, and the many vials of blood taken . "She'll be here overnight. IV antibiotics and scans for any abscess. She's been through a lot this week." While she's in the hospital, Arie is taking care of newborn twins Lux and Senna, with some help from the couple's two-year-old, Alessi.
"Are you gonna be my helper today?" he asked Alessi, who kissed the babies on the tops of their heads. "Yeah," Alessi said, brushing hair out of her face.
Lauren's complications come weeks after Lux and Senna were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit after their birth—Senna for breathing issues, and Lux for reasons unknown.
Mastitis most commonly occurs during the first six to 12 weeks of breastfeeding postpartum, and is caused by "bacteria found on skin or saliva enter breast tissue through a milk duct or crack in the skin," according to the Cleveland Clinic. However, the infection can also be the result of milk backing up in the ducts, where it grows bacteria. Varying breast-feeding positions and continuing to nurse, which is safe, can help clear the infection at home and relieve pain, per the Mayo Clinic.
Usually, mastitis is treated by a 10-day antibiotic, but it requires hospitalization and more extensive treatment in severe cases like Lauren's appears to be.
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