Mastitis for the third time - Might quit!

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Mastitis for the third time - Might quit!
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 4:56pm

Hi All!!

I need advice!! I'm on antibiotics for the third time since LO was born and he's only 7 weeks old :/ DH is insisting that I dry up because he can't stand to think of me getting so sick anymore, plus I will be going back to work soon. So, since I'm on the antibiotics now I've stopped pumping except to relieve myself before going out somewhere or going to bed and first thing in the morning. So, at most in the past few days I've pumped 3x. I was making 50+ ounces a day before this last infection and LO was only eating 20-25 ounces a day. I have 500+ ounces frozen so I could last a little while if I do dry up but I have this HUGE amount of guilt weighing on me about drying up. 

My question is - now that I've gone a few days without pumping all the time my supply should drop right? Could I be getting mastitis over and over because of my oversupply and now that I've dropped the supply - maybe it won't happen anymore?? If I only pump 3x a day from here on out will I dry up completely? I would even feel better if I can pump half of what he needs and supplement the rest if it will mean that he gets some of my milk and I don't get mastitis anymore. Or does supply not matter?? 

Feeling so sad about this whole situation but I just can't stand to get mastitis again, it's so terrible!!

Thanks in advance for your advice!!!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 1:40pm
Ugh! I haven't been in your situation and don't have a lot of advice to offer, but I can offer sympathy. You have been through a lot! You poor thing! I hope that things get better for you--hang in there!