Re: Ready to throw in the towel...help!
Okay, so I finally got back to this thread and I discover that pretty much everything I wanted to say has already been said by the other mamas. You absolutely need to pump more than 5x per day if you want to get your supply back on track. I know that sucks, because I did it- I pumped 20 minutes every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, in addition to nursing my baby. It sucked, but it also worked! I hated feeling like a slave to that d&$m pump, but it was worth every minute I put in with it.
While the antibiotic will help get rid of the mastitis, emptying the breast will help even more. Infection thrives when the milk sits for long periods in the breast. So as you pump, don't just think of it as increasing your supply, also think of it as treating that mastitis.
Can you tell us more about your cracks and your experience nursing the baby? Are the cracks more like slits or more like large, gaping wounds? Does nursing the baby hurt all the time, or primarily at latch-on, and does the pain continue after the feeding is over?
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