Well, after a long and stressful weekend, I have my first case of mastitis EVER.
I was insane enough to pack up both kids and take them to a horse show with me this past weekend (screechy music from Psycho here!), four hours one way from home, by myself! Then I was stupid enough to wear a bra that sometimes feels a little constrictive; it felt fine, but I guess it was laying on some of the ducts right at the edge of my left breast against my breastbone. I've always got a little oversupply problem, and that's been compounded by expressing a few ounces every day to store up for the one shift a week I work. I knew I wouldn't have time to pump, nowhere to pump, nowhere to store the milk, and besides, Colton was with me the whole time, so I figured that would be OK. He nursed often, but I guess it wasn't enough. We all have colds too, except for baby Colton.
So it got really painful in my left breast, right along the breastbone. I thought it was merely a plugged duct and started my routine for that; I was prone to them with DS #1.
I was able to spend a lot of time last evening resting, but I woke up at 2AM feeling absolutely crummy and couldn't go back to sleep. I was sure hoping I would feel better today. But I'm achy, hot and cold by turns, a bit nauseated, and now the skin is red over the sore area in my breast. No fever.
DH went to work . I'm home alone caring for both kids, both of whom got up early today (of course), and we have company coming Thursday, so rest is sorta catch as catch can. Anything else I can do, other than nurse frequently, drink fluids and all that jazz?
I am planning to call my midwife and see what she's got to say. I HOPE she can just call in a prescription should I need it.