Two months ago I was diagnosed with mastitis that had been untreated for one month. I assume I was infected in hospital where I had cracked and bleeding nipples. I don’t think I ever had a fever, but my breasts were sore and I had terrible shooting let-down pains between feedings (that a friend told me were normal so I never thought to complain to my midwife, oops!).
I’ve been on (four different) antibiotics for two months, though the pain is less my breasts still feel sore during a breast exam and let-down occasionally feels somewhat sore. My doc’s standard for considering the mastitis cleared up is “no pain” and suggests I may have to be on antibiotics until I stop breastfeeding.
Since I had hoped to breastfeed for a long time, I am not very happy with that scenario. Is it possible that the bacteria could be cleared up, yet I could still be sore? Could sore breasts be a normal condition for a breastfeeding mum?
I'm feeling pretty down about this. Thank you for any help you can give!