I think I may have mastitis in my left breast; if so, this is the first time for me in nursing over a year. I woke up early this morning in excruciating pain to a hard, red, sore breast and a fever. So, I thought, since my DD wasn't yet awake, I'll go pump and relieve some of the pressure. I pumped about three ounces and the milk was bright pink! I was horrified. I put the milk in the fridge and when I looked at it after it had chilled, what looks like blood had separated out on the bottom...like a red layer of sludge, almost, on the bottom of the bottle. It was thick. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Could it be from the mastitis? Could it hurt my daughter (she nursed all night, so I'm sure she got some)? I did have a Cherry Coke at dinner last night, but I don't honestly even know if that is red at all, it doesn't really look that red--I mention this because I've heard that eating certain foods can cause milk color changes. Of course, it is Sunday so I didn't want to call the doctor, but I'll be calling first thing in the morning. Thanks for any words of reassurance!
mom to Charlotte, 8-31-2006