I had mastitis, abscess and incision and drainage back in October, while I was 5 months pregnant and not breastfeeding. I had a hard mass that was the size of a golf ball. My OB tried to aspirate to get a culture and only blood came out. I was in the hospital for the outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. I needed wound dressings and a wound vac and it healed in a month.
DD is two months old and my mastitis came back. This time, though, my OB was able to get a culture. Today I went to see a surgeon and he did a quick incision and drainage right there in the office with a local anesthetic.
My OB told me to not breastfeed on that breast, to just pump and dump. But I was also told by my OB that this infection is not related to breastfeeding. My milk supply is a little bit more than enough for DD and I want it that way so that I won't get engorged.
I won't know the results of the culture until Thursday. This infection is not near my milk ducts.
I want to breastfeed and keep my milk. I am on amoxicillin and clindamycin. I spoke to a lactation consultant earlier, she said the choice is up to me, but those antibiotics are safe while breastfeeding.
I apologize if I am not giving enough information. My mind is racing, I am just so upside down about all of this.
I would like any information anyone has with this, experience with mastitis and abscess and breastfeeding while battling these infections. I will take advice, suggestions, recommendations. I just hope the infection is being affected and cleared up by the antibiotics. I am nursing DD. I also appreciate good vibes and prayers! =)