Milk Fevers, Milk Chills

In cows Milk Fever is not a fever at all, it's actually usually a lowering of body temperature, and although called a "fever" so most think that it is related to infection, infection in fact is not the main cause. Milk fever is a condition due to low body calcium leading to a variety of physiological problems. In Humans we have now begun to call the temperature shifts with early breast feeding "milk fever", and often refer to milk fever as the low grade temperature some women get due to early breast engorgement when their milk is first coming in. So again, it's not an infection. That being said, if a you do have a fever and you are breast feeding, do check with your gyno so you can be sure that you know that there is not a specific condition that needs treatment or evaluation.

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