Re: Mastitis? Time to wean? IDK!
Definitely NOT time to wean. If you feel like you might be coming down with mastitis, that is the absolute worst time to wean because you need to remove as much milk from the breast as possible, and do it as often as possible, to beat the infection. Stopping nursing means you'd be leaving all your milk sitting in the breast, and you'd be likely to get engorged, and then the infection could really take hold...
Second reason not to wean is that your baby is still very young. One year is the minimum recommended duration of nursing, and your baby still really needs your milk to get her through that first year of rapid physical, mental, and immunological development.
Here's what you should do. First, stay alert for signs of mastitis: fever, aches and pains, flu-like feelings, red streaks/patches on the exterior of the breast, discharge of pus from the breast. If you see any of those, call the doctor immediately. Second, I suggest calling the doctor today even if you don't see those symptoms, because what you describe sounds like it may be early mastitis, and you want to be sure you can get medical help even over the weekend. Third, empty that breast as much as possible. Have your baby nurse off that breast first, and if you have a pump, pump after feedings, particularly if the baby is reluctant to nurse on that side. (Babies often dislike mastitis milk because it tastes salty and sometimes slightly icky- but it is fine for baby to drink it!) Fourth, stop the fenugreek. You don't necessarily want to be boosting your supply right now, if your baby isn't emptying the breast well anyway. You want her to drain the breast thoroughly every time, and that will be more likely to happen if the breast isn't burstingly full. Fifth, do lots of warm water soaks and breast massage to help clear the breast out, and stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
I'm really sorry you're not feeling well! But you can beat this. Let us know how it goes!
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