January 7th, 2017, 08:34 PM
My daughter is 4 weeks old and we have exclusively BF from the beginning. It has been a roller coaster ride with bleeding nipples, latching issues, gumming, etc., and the holidays didn't help. I wasn't feeding or pumping as much because we were constantly running around with family and friends and she was always sleeping so I felt bad waking her up (I know, that's a big no-no but she has actually gained weight pretty well). Long story short, I had a severely cracked nipple on my left side and I took a break from feeding, but only pumped like twice a day (no one told me I had to pump more than that). A week ago I started nursing on the injured side again, but I noticed I had a huge kiwi sized lump in my left breast. It was red, but no fever, and not extremely painful. Went to the doc, and he prescribed antibiotics. 7 days later the lump is still there and red, and painful. My question is, is it possible this is mastitis? I have tried everything - hot showers, pumping non stop, electric massager, lecithin. This thing isn't budging. Could my dr have misdiagnosed me? Everything I have read says mastitis is the size of a dime, and this thing is huge. Does anyone know what it could be? Thank you!