Re: Have Mastitis: Really need support & encouragement
Thanks for answering those questions, mama!
Pumping pain: I am wondering about 3 things. First, shield size. Improperly sized shields can cause quite a lot of pain and can also reduce milk drainage, and poor milk drainage can contribute to mastitis. I know you had your LC confirm that you had the right size, but sometimes the one that looks right isn't quite right, or the size that was best when you started may not be right for you now, or you may need 2 different shield sizes for your two different breasts.
Second, pump speed- if pumping hurts when you turn the beast on, the problem may be that you're turning it up too high too soon. Try starting the pump on the lowest setting and gradually turning it up to the most effective level (which is not necessarily the maximum level).
The third thing that has me wondering is the "pricking" pain you have after pumping. Obviously, mastitis causes a lot of pain, especially when you touch the infected area. But pain after pumping or nursing, especially when couples with peeling skin, makes me wonder about thrush. Thrush is especially common after rounds of antibiotics.
I am so sorry that your family hasn't given you the support you need right now. It sounds like they want to help, but just don't know how. So that's an opportunity for you to guide them. Let them know exactly what you need to hear. "You are doing a wonderful job." "Don't stop now unless you're convinced that's what you really want." "You will never regret nursing and pumping, but you may regret stopping." "Let me throw in a load of laundry and do the dishes for you while you nurse the baby."
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"