I had introduced myself a while back and while nothing much has changed (other than I finally did manage to produce milk LOL), I am now faced with a dilemma.
A few days ago while pumping, I noticed a sharp pain on my left nipple and upon closer inspection I saw that the skin had cracked but no bleeding. I am as of right now pumping ~every 3-4 hours so of course the crack has no time to heal, really. Today, the dreaded mastitis pain began along with a big hot spot on the outer side of my left breast and from what I can find on the web pumping is the worst I can do to relieve it. Well, DS still won't feed directly from me so the pump is really all I have - any tips on how to make sure this doesn't get more serious?
I'm increasing my fluid intake and do a warm compress everytime before I start and I'm trying to be very strict about really pumping every 3 hours. The crack is still open, though - do I even have a chance avoiding a serious infection?