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|Wed, 12-24-2008 - 11:47am|
So weaning has not been going too well. A month or so ago I decided to drop from 4x to 3x a day to start the weaning process. I ended up with engorgement, clogs, and the beginnings of mastitis! I had some red streaks on my stud around the nipple. I didn't have a fever, but I didn't feel that great. This is my third case of mastitis! I thought I could get rid of it on my own. The second time I had it I was able to get rid of it by pumping a lot so that I didn't have to go on antibiotics. The first time I had a fever and went on antibiotics.
For me I think stress is a factor in getting mastitis. I've been pretty busy lately. I wasn't able to get rid of it; it returned and now I am on antibiotics. Since I'm allergic to all of the -cillins I am on an alternate heavy duty prescription. I HATE antibiotics and it makes me so mad that I have to take them.
The good news is that I started taking lecithin to deal with the clogs and it is working great! I'm also taking Evening Primrose Oil in hopes of getting my fertility back. Plus, I take a prenatal vitamin. I also take some probiotic powder when I remember and I bought something called "Yeast Cleanse" that I plan to start taking soon because I am worried about yeast problems resulting from the antibiotic use. I am seriously turning into my mother, who takes a ton of supplements!
One of the problems I ran into lately is that my pump wasn't working too well. I began to suspect this because I was getting a lot more at school (different pump) than at home. I had my LC check it out with a pressure gauge and I was right. I changed out a bunch of the parts and it is working better.
Now I am freaked out about abscesses because it is about the only problem that I haven't experienced yet. I keep checking out the BBs for signs. The problem is that they always feel lumpy to me.
After I get this mastitis under control I am going to start the weaning process again. My LC recommends dropping minutes from each pump instead of dropping pumps. Any thoughts on this? Right now I am pumping 5x a day. My LC recommended 6x with a night pump, but I just can't do it. I produce 35 oz a day (it increased as a result of increasing pumps). My daughter isn't eating much, my freezer is nearly full, and I want to stop! I might start taking the sage tea. I'm not sure that I'm ready for it, but I really want to drop to 1-2x a day and I'm really nervous after my last experience trying to drop pumps.
Thanks for reading! My pumping journey continues... Oh, Merry Christmas!
Mary Kay, mommy to Ana Patricia (born 7/18/07)