Re: Help with weaning, possible mastitis
This is a tough one. If it weren't for the cough and the sore throat, I'd say that this was probably mastitis. You're weaning, you experienced engorgement, you have the chills, aches, and fever... Kind of textbook, YKWIM? But you don't seem to be experiencing breast pain or engorgement at this point, so... I guess I'm going to guess that this is simply the flu. But I do think you need to do a very careful self-examination- make sure there is absolutely NO breast tenderness, no suspicious lumps, and no redness or streaking on the skin of the breast. If you see any of those, then mastitis is a good bet and you should see the doctor for some antibiotics, particularly as you are about to leave on a big overseas trip. In fact, since you're traveling I think it would be smart to have antibiotics in hand, just in case you need them. You don't want to be trying to find urgent care in a strange city... And do bring your pump, just in case a problem crops up. It is definitely possible that you won't need it, but if you do need it, again, you want the thing in hand.
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