Re: Have Mastitis: Really need support & encouragement
i TOTALLY agree with what everyone's been saying here. but i want to chime in about the co-sleeping - it is a risk factor for anyone but the breastfeeding mom to bed-share with baby. my DH, too, doesn't sleep with us (which started because of his snoring, but continues now also because of baby).
BUT: you've said a couple times now that YOU don't wake up when baby is crying. that does not sound like a safe situation either, and i like the PP's idea of a separate bed surface with a monitor by your head to amplify the noises. this will allow you to respond much quicker, wake up less, baby wakes up less, and even if you're only in bed 5 hours you'll get a lot more rest that way.
but i also agree with PP that you need to figure out how to get more sleep. 5 hours is not enough for anyone, much less a lactating new mom; no wonder all that stress pushed you into illness so quickly!
this is not a healthy situation, all around, mama; you need to fix some things.
ETA: again, put MIL to work on the things you DO need help with: cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. not parenting, not feeding.
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.