I have a 7 week old who was born a preemie. I got a bad case of mastitis two days ago. I'm on antibiotics and have been using warm showers before nursing/pumping and ice after. I resolved all of the lumps yesterday but there is still a hard lump at the centre of my breast that just won't go away despite how hard I try. Tonight I pumped and pumped and pumped until all that came out were slow slow droplets and my nipple got very sore. I have two questions:
1) Is there any milk in the lump or is that all inflammation and swelling and I'm wasting my time with the over pumping? Will the lump resolve itself if I nurse but don't pump? Should I just leave it alone? Please help. I don't want this mastitis to come back but I also don't want to make it worst by excessive pumping.
2) When should I expect the redness go away? Half of my breast is very red and angry looking and warm to the touch (not just where the remaining lump is).