I just signed up on LLL this evening. Was in tears an hour ago over a sudden drop in production (over past two days). Here are the particulars...
Had a bout of mastitis approx 10 days ago that appeared to resolve after a few days getting lots of rest and frequent nursing and pumping. I was wrong. Came back 3 days ago with a vengeance (fever, chills, sweats, body aches, headache and unbelievably painful breasts). called my OB yesterday and got a script for antibiotics (amoxicillan) that I started today. Also went to see my OB who ordered an ultrasound (to rule out an absess), but couldn't get in for this today (lab was booked). I am feeling much better today, but milk supply (as evidenced by the amount I am able to pump after nursing), which I had feared was diminishing, has slowed to a near-trickle. Tonight after nursing I was only able to pump 1/4 oz. Hence the tears! I actually gave my husband a bottle with 1 oz. of formula to supplement my last feeding because son Noah, 6 weeks, was clearly still hungry. He took 1/2 oz. and fell asleep.
In laws also visiting during this time and not entirely supportive of bf'ing, so emotional duress as well.
Noah (6 weeks) is our second baby. Nate (4 years), our first, nursed happily for 13 mos., with no difficulties, and I never had mastitis. Noah's latch doesn't seem to be right (still have pain and nipple appears misshapen and bruised after feedings), but he had been nursing like a mad man and gaining weight wonderfully (was 6 lbs. 9 ozs. at birth, developed jaundice and dropped to below 6 lbs. by the time we left the hospital, and was 9 lbs 5 ozs. at 4 week checkup).
I love breastfeeding, and he really seems to also. It would break my heart to be unable to continue to breastfeed him. Please help me get back on track. Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated.
Sleepless (and worried sick) in New York.