I'm on my 4th case of mastitis in a month. My son is 15 mos and nurses every 4 hours or so, with about a 4-6 hour break while cosleeping. I work at home. The first three happened over 10 days while I was travelling alone with the LO (to see family, luckily), so I thought traveling and stress were the cause. I had nasty lumps with each, plus perhaps a bleb, and bleeding nipples by the third case. I did have it in alternating breasts, and so I got a script for Cephalexin after the third case when I didnt stop feeling sick even after the lump was clear. Two weeks after finishing the script and it came back today with a vengence -- even though we nursed as usual today. My awesome doc (who cheered me for bfing still) gave me a refill on the antibiotic in advance, so I just started that and am starting to feel human again, as evidenced by my ability to sit up and write this. I get sick as a dog with these infections though, like some kind of toxic food posioning my body has to expell at all costs, and they come on quick. I'm concernedthey're actually dangerous -- luckily so far I've been near support. But what if LO and I were out on our own? So I would really like to figure out how to prevent them, and not just becausethey make me understand the phrase "I wanted to die." Does anyone have advice or thoughts on cause? I understand that clearing the breast will keep them away, but by the time I realize the breast isnt clearing, I'm already on the highway to hell.
Sorry for the mixed metaphors.
Oh, and despite wet heat, massage, hand expressing, and nursing, today's clog is still there. Ouch! Andthe milk I'm expressing seems a bit bloody (not just the brown of the last cases -- pink this time).
Thank you in advance!
Last edited by @llli*katmar; May 11th, 2012 at 11:10 PM.
Mother to a sweet boy, born at 34 weeks on 2/11/11.
Proud that I grew 26 lbs of baby before solids, and still counting...
We received banked milk in the NICU. Thank you, donors!!!