I had a ceasaren and started breast feeding on the third day. Soon after I developed a sore under my nipple, but continued to feed. Within two weeks I had a staph infection in my face and on my thigh all presenting itself as oozing abcesses. Apparently I got the infection through the surgery for I have found the woman who went into the room before me for the same surgery and she has presented the same symptoms. I heard that a staph infection and breast feeding are linked somehow, but I am not sure what to look for. I have been on antibiotics basically since the surgery. Some stronger than others depending on wether or not I was feeding her. In the beginning 5 days, she made very normal diapers, then after I got sick she started having severe diarhea and cramping. The doctor diagnosed her with a allergic reaction and cholic and she might have been having a reaction to the amoxicillian I was taking at the time, which I was told would not have infected her.
Now she is on a formula due to the high amount of drugs I am taking including painkillers. I just finish a 10 day dose of Levofloxacina which I know will effect my milk. Today I started and I have to complete a 5 day cycle of a cefalexina to make sure the infection has settled. I was in and out of the hospital taking cipro drips as well.
I am not taking the pain killers for the last week to make sure they were out of my system. I am pumping during this time but my milk is sparse averaging 2 oz a day. I am not very healthy but recovering eating better and resting more now that I have a nanny in the home to help me get through this. I am a single mother on top of all this.
While breastfeeding my baby was so sick and not gaining weight. Now since formula she is so much longer and chubby and such a happier baby. I am afraid my milk was making her very sick.
My questions are:
When can I feed her my milk again?
How can I get my milk back to a normal flow?
Should I keep her on the formula as well?
Can I get my milk tested?
Can my body handle the breastfeeding? I was told by three doctors that i am lucky to have lived through this infection.
Being a single working mom, without assistance from the father, it is important to me financially and emotionally to feed my baby my milk. I had planned to do this for the first year of her life wanting to keep her strong and to make our bond even stronger. But at this point I do not know if the breast feeding is hurting the both of us?
I live in a third world country, Domincan Republic, where I hardly speak the language, especially medical termology. As well, it will be at least 2 months before I can take my baby back home to america, if she or I get sicker for better medical care. So I want to make sure I am doing the best things and looking for the right signs. I can however get anything flown in from the USA if I cannot find it here.