Re: Heading to ER
I'm so sorry, mama! Repeat mastitis is rotten.
If I were you, I would make sure that someone does a bacterial culture. I know one mom who had mastitis on and off for 6 months. She'd get sick, get treated with antibiotics, feel better, and then get sick again a couple weeks later. Finally, she ditched her own doctor and drove an hour to our closest good hospital, where someone said "Hey, let's get a bacterial culture done on you." Turns out that the type of bacteria she had was resistant to the antibiotics she had been taking- it could knock down the bacterial population, but not kill it off completely. As soon as she stopped taking the antibiotic, the bacteria and the mastitis would come roaring back.
I would also suggest that you continue to nurse. I know that a lot of people will tell you that weaning is the cure for mastitis, and that is just not true. First of all, removing milk from the breast is the first-line treatment for mastitis. Removing milk, keeping fluid flowing through the affected area- that prevents the mastitis from worsening and in some cases can even eliminate it. And second, mastitis isn't limited to nursing moms. Women can get repeat mastitis when they are not nursing at all- and yes, I know someone who had that experience, too!
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