Hello ladies! So here's a small update since I last posted.
I rented the Ameda Platinum hospital grade pump (anyone in Maryland who wants to rent one should message me for info - I called about 8 places and this lady is, by far, the cheapest and easiest to work with). It was going pretty well - I was able to pump more milk out versus when I was using my small portable Ameda Purely Yours pump. With massages and constant pumping/breastfeeding, I managed to soften up my affected breast and I seriously thought the issue was going to be completely resolved within 2 days. Then I woke up and found my left breast swollen almost 3x's bigger then my right breast. The skin had began to tear and I could see what looked like a white bubble/bump forming under the skin. Pain (even with painkillers) was unbearable. I called my Lactation Consultant and she said it sounded like things progressed into a worse state... perhaps the antibiotics wasn't working or something. I went to see my OB/GYN today and he ended up getting a breast surgeon to drain the breast.
I'm not sure how many people went through this procedure, but trust me - it's not pretty. For those of you who have a oversupply of breastmilk, don't forget to pump/feed constantly or you might end up having surgery! Who would have thought skipping one session would end up so terribly?!
My left breast now has a large gouge on it and the pain... well... it's definately not a walk in the park. I've tentively tried pumping, but threw out the breastmilk, since it probably wasn't safe with all that gunk oozing out. My biggest worry is losing my milk production in that breast. Has anyone else had this surgery? How did you keep your milk production up? Also, how long does it take to heal?
To me, it looks almost like being stabbed with a small kitchen knife... I could just smack myself on the back of the head for ending up with Mastitis. Breastfeeding is so much more time consuming and stressful then I envisioned it was going to be!