Hi, I got mastitis in my right breast when LO was 6 weeks old (she is now 21 weeks). The impact was that the entire left side of my breast no longer produces milk. This meant that I had a significantly smaller right breast and about half the milk production. LO wasn't impacted as I was pumping extra sessions before that.
About 4 weeks ago, I learned that I have excess lipase in my milk. I am donating the huge supply I have at home, but am now going through the scalding method so that LO takes the bottle.
Last week, my left breast came down with mastitis. Can't win!!! After seven days of nursing/resting/massage/heat/etc. I think I have a repeat of the right breast. I've lost about 1/3 of the milk production on the left side. So, now, everything I pump, she takes - nothing for overage or storage. I've done everything I can to increase production, and seen no results. I wanted to breastfeed LO for 12 months, but it seems as though I will have to supplement at some point. Also, we're introducing solids at this stage as well - not what I wanted, but she's been reaching for them and eyeing them for two weeks!
Here are my questions:
1. Is there anything that can be done (surgically or otherwise) to repair the damaged ducts? I have asked my doctor, who said no, but honestly don't rely on anything an ob/gyn says, as they tend to know so little about breastfeeding, etc.
2. When I have my next child, will my supply increase, or will I only be able to produce what I'm producing now?