My supply has already dropped on that side, and at first I was scared, but now it's kind of nice! DD still has plenty of dirty diapers and she rarely ever has to let go at letdown now. It's awesome.
Here's the scoop on my situation. My flu-like symptoms went away on Monday (the day they started) but I went to the doctor anyways, just to be safe. I don't know if the symptoms were just short-lived, or possibly due to something else altogether (I've been having lots of sinus trouble.)
Now, today, the spot is slightly less tender and much less hard. I've been massaging constantly. And I don't feel sick at all. This description from the PP is much more suitable to my case:
"A plugged duct:
*comes on gradually
*may shift in location
*the mother feels little or no warmth in the area
*the pain is mild and localized
*the mother feels generally well
*her temp is lower than 101 degrees"
Another thing that disappointed me greatly about my doctor's visit is that the antibiotics he prescribed me are Erythromycin, and the info I read on it states that "it does appear in breastmilk and if it is necessary for your health, your doctor may tell you to stop breastfeeding while you are taking them." Aren't there any antibiotics that are safer for nursing babies??
So, if my infectious symptoms went away so quickly, does it seem safe to NOT take the antibiotics he gave me? If my symptoms never return, does it seem safe to at least wait until I see my OB/GYN on Monday, and ask his opinion first? I don't want to take something that could cause so much trouble if I don't need to.
Does going to MIL's for Thanksgiving count as not resting adequately?
And one more question... How long can a plug stay in there?
Thanks so much for all your help.