I am currently BF my 5 month DD and have mastitis for the second time in 3 weeks. The first time I called our local LLL Leader for help (and to cry my eyes out at her over the phone). She asked about my stress levels and after a long talk told me that the infection was probably due to stress. To make a long story short, my 3 yr old DD has been removed from preschool for aggressive behavior/biting, my MIL is very ill and had been in the hospital, I have a nephew with anger issues that may be removed from his home b/c he refuses to go to school, my grandfather is developing dementia, my grandmother is moving into a retirement condo place and needs our help, and my DH is absolutely clueless (he comes home and plays computer games b/c he's worked hard all day and apparently all I do is sit around and eat bon-bons). I have tried to take care of myself but here I am with mastitis again, this time with a horribly cracked nipple as well. I went in to the doc's Weds with a temp of 103 (w/Tylenol in me) and unable to nurse. He put me on 500mg Keflex 4x per day and told me to rest. I asked him if he had any suggestions for preventing another infection and he flat out told me to stop nursing. He congratulated me for going this long and said I had already nursed longer than 90% of other new mothers. Part of me is really ticked off that he said that. Anyhow, now my DH thinks I'm going to wean as soon as we're over the mastitis and I was very tired and stressed out about the whole thing and was thinking that too... but now that I'm feeling better I don't want to stop nursing.
I would like any suggestions for anything I could be doing or supplements I could be taking to prevent this from ever happening again. Oh, and I've had thrush off and on for 4 months... my doc keeps telling me to continue to use the Nystatin creme, which I also use on baby's diaper area. I know it occasionally is in the ducts b/c it becomes painful after nursing but they don't feel like prescribing anything. I want nursing to be a loving experience for me but I feel like all it's been is a hassle and there are days when I just want to give up and switch to formula (I did with my older child at 3 mos b/c of reflux and low weight gain). Oh, and I don't wear underwires, I wear very comfy nursing sports bras.
So far to treat this, I've been using lanolin creme all the time, using hot compresses, hand expressing in the shower when it was too painful to nurse and latching her on as often as I can. I'm still uncomfortable but my breast is feeling much softer, although it's still quite red.
Thanks for any advice and I know this is quite rambling... I just get so emotional about everything these days and I talk a lot when I'm upset.
Mom to Soph 3 yrs and Bella 5 mos