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Forgive the freak out, but I just discovered that my doe who gave birth to twins two days ago has a horrible case of mastitis. Her udder is mostly lumps and I barely got a half teaspoon of milk out. I tested the milk and sure enough, she has mastitis. She's a two year old Nigora/Pygmy and this is her first kidding. I thought the babies we were getting enough milk but I now believe that the frequent nursing I was witnessing was actually them trying desperately to get food. What's my best option? I can bottle feed but prefer to keep mama and babies close, but not at the risk of one or more of them dying.
 

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Were the kids able to get colostrum? If not, buy some and feed it to them as soon as possible. Definitely bottle feed for now. I hope the mama gets better soon!
 

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I believe they were able to get some. I'm just currently concerned that they're not getting enough food. :'(
 

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It's too late for colostrum anyway. Get them going on bottles.
Any doelings can harbor the bacteria in a dormant state. They should be treated with a dry cow infusion before their first freshening.
 
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