So I had mastitis in my right breast in early November. Since then my left nipple has been sore and I thought maybe there was a milk blister on it or something. Or maybe a plugged duct. I don't know for sure. I'm the only person I know that has breastfed, so when something goes wrong, it's just figure it out on your own, you know? Whatever it was, it hurt, so after dealing with it for 2 weeks, I tried poking it with a pin. At first, it seemed to work. But today there was another white spot, so I poked at it and pus came out. Now I have a line coming from the nipple and red spots on the bottom of the breast. I went to a clinic the last time and got some antibiotics, so I'm taking what was left over from that. Other than just antibiotics (which obviously didn't work that well since it came back), what can I do?
And yeah, I realize that poking at my nipples probably wasn't the best idea, but I really have NO IDEA what I'm doing here. I had a midwife who lives 1200 miles away, so no hospital lactation consultant or even breastfeeding classes. And I have no insurance, so I can't even go to the doctor to find out what the hell is wrong. Honestly, at this point I am starting to regret doing this the "natural" way and not just getting formula from WIC like every other mom I know.
I just want to know how I can get my breasts back to normal so I can decide with a clear head whether or not continuing with breastfeeding is really worth it. If I have to deal with this every few weeks, well 6 months of breastfeeding is going to have to be good enough.