Hello! I have an almost 4 week old little boy. I've been EBF. I thought all I had to worry about was a latch problem and some plugged ducts. Then I developed mastitis which I was fine dealing with. But that lump that wouldn't go away wasn't a duct but an abscess. I had it aspirated on Friday and it's been sent to culture. The antibiotic I was on for the mastitis wasn't doing anything so the doctor prescribed clindamycin a very strong antibiotic. He said it was reasonably safe for bf but any others he would give me would not be. I'm to take it for 10 days and it's been 3 already.
Side effects for infant can include changes in gastro flora which means diarrhea and diaper rash. I was okay dealing with that. Then my RN mom tells me this drug is the big guns and she's worried about LO. Google says the drug can cause yeast probs so I'm worried about us getting thrush. Also says it's classically associated with c diff a serious gastro bacterial infection. Today I started having diarrhea and it's only 3 days. If it's already doing this to me what's it going to do to him? If I get c diff I could spread to him which can be fatal.
So I'm considering switching him to a bottle of formula until I'm off meds and pumping in interim then switching back to bf. Problem is I've not pumped and he's not had a bottle. He's tried a paci and kinda takes it but often spits it out. I don't do it often. Only when his comfort sucking hurts too much - still have latch prob
I don't know what to do. I don't know how I can quickly transition him to bottle and formula. I'd prefer to give him bottle with breastmilk then formula but his nursing sessions are so irregular and close together I didn't have time to pump in between. I worry about having to solely pump n dump. About engorgement maintaining supply whether I'll get milk. I have an ameda double electric pump. He also comfort sucks which I'm happy with but fear not being able to comfort him with nursing when he's upset. I worry abrupt weaning will hurt him. I'd be okay continuing to pump BM if necessary but don't know how to get from here to there. If I already had a pumped surplus I'd feel a lot better. The time in the day runs out so fast with a newborn. I didn't get to rest during the day. Don't know how I'm going to be able to do this so quickly.
I battled infertility for three years and now have this precious angel. It's heartbreaking to go through this but I don't want him to suffer. I want to bring him back on the breast ASAP. This is so overwhelming.
Please let me know what I can do and any encouragement. I'm meeting with an LC tomorrow but I need to know if this is possible. Thank you.