Mastitis, Cracked Nipple, & Pumping
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|Thu, 07-14-2011 - 10:45am|
I have a cracked nipple because of DD's new habbit of tugging on my breast while eating (She'll be 7 months next week). It's been around for a few weeks now and I haven't managed to get it to heal. I ended up with mastitis on Tuesday--when I called the OB's office the RN asked me several times if I noticed any swollen lymph nodes (I was having a lot of pain in the armpit area), at the time I hadn't, but by later that day I noticed a definite lump in the armpit area and I'm not 100% sure if it's a lymph node or a clogged duct. I'm guessing that I got mastitis because of the cracked nipple, but I'm not sure of that either. I'm on antibiotics for the mastitis and they're helping tremendously.
I work full-time, and DD is usually too impatient to nurse, so I essentially EP and maybe nurse once per day. I'm honestly a little scared of nursing her until the nipple heals because I've noticed that whenever she nurses she makes it worse. Also,