I have returned to the forum since the responses I got were so helpful last time. I called the doctor Monday for recurring mastitis. I got really sick Sunday, and the pain was in my right breast which is the same side that I had pumped a HUGE plug out of the first week of breastfeeding (we are finishing week three now) as well as a bunch of blood. My husband, who used to milk cows who got mastitis all the time, told me that's what I had but I ignored him haha.
Big mistake. My right boob has never stopped giving me fits. I can nurse the baby on the left boob with no pain or issues anymore. Sometimes the right doesn't hurt, and sometimes it is like shards of glass - which I am pretty certain are plugs are chunks or something coming through. I still have two more days of antibiotics and I can still feel some hard semi-painful lumps in my breasts. I massage and heat and massage and heat. I have nursed through this pain for three weeks despite how tense it makes me and how much it sometimes hurt. I DREAD nursing on this boob. It has trapped me in the house because I don't want to go anywhere and have to wind up feeding her on that side because I will cry in public from the pain. My breast has a little crack still healing on it from the poor latch a week and half ago (until I read some helpful materials you all shared) but I can tell the pain is not sore nipples. I have only pumped right breast once since Monday. Boob doesn't feel engorged just has these knots.
I am ready to just go to bottles because this right breast is causing so much stress. But then I feel dramatic. It really feels like knives coming out of my breasts though. Right boob feeding coming up in an hour and I have been dreading it the last two. I don't know what else to do for the boob though. Oh, and I plan on calling doctor back Monday also to explain the situation, but I would love some relief now.