Mastitis -- clog not clearing... Help, please!
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|Wed, 02-20-2013 - 12:03pm|
I have not been on this board in awhile, but it helped me nurse DS for 3 years, so hoping someone can help again!
I have been EBF DD (almost 5 months) with no problems... in fact I had extra milk (a switch from not having enough with my first! :)) Unfortunately, I developed a clog in one breast that I could not clear despite all of the usual things (pumping, hot compress, shower, massage, lecithin). It developed into mastitis (fever, chills, redness and general yucky feeling). I got antibiotics and I am on day 3 of them, and the clog is still not clearing! I am starting to get really concerned. the Rx helped my fever symptons right away, but this clog is persistent!
Every other time this has happened I have been able to clear, or if I had to start the rx because of fever, etc.. it cleared within a day or 2 at most.
To top it off, my supply is completely tanking in the process. I am pumping less than 1/3 of what I normally pump when she skips feedings (I work from home so try to nurse but there are generally at least 2 sessions/ day where I need to have the nanny give her a bottle).
If anyone has any other suggestions I am all ears! I really want this clog to go away so I can resume a normal BFing pattern with DD. She is only 5 months and I am in this for the long haul! I am starting to get nervous because i have seen that these can turn into absesses that have to be drained surgically, and that sometimes means you have to quit nursing. I really don't want to do that! I have enough pumped milk to last for a little while, but I prefer to have her at the breast as much as possible
Any insight or advice is welcome, and much appreciated!
-Kara (mom to a crazy almost-5 year old boy, and his sweet little "cupcake" of 4 months :))