Weaning & Mastitis
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|Sun, 05-23-2010 - 10:22am|
I'm 3.5 months post partum and the past week has been particularly tough. First, I got a blister on my nipple, then my boob got really sore and tender and resulted in a bout of mastitis. I took tylenol and pumped the breast every 2 hours. Yesterday was the first day that my boob didn't hurt at all and I went back to my normal pumping schedule (5x/day). Well, overnight I noticed that the same boob felt tender again. And now it feels full, even after I pump. I'm thinking this is going to be another round of mastitis so, as a precaution, I am going to pump more today and call my dr for a prescription for antibiotics because I don't think I really got rid of the infection.
So my question is this, how is a person supposed to wean when mastitis is a possibility? If the way to get rid of mastitis is to pump more, wouldn't that send a signal that more milk needs to be produced?
My goal was to pump until C was 9 months old but after this week I don't know if I will be able to make it to that. But on the flip side, I'm afraid I'm going to be pumping forever because I'm afraid to drop/reduce pumping if mastitis is a possibility. Either way, I'm just feeling really discouraged :(