I've had my first brush with mastitis (whee!), and I'm not sure if it's resolving or if I'm just being overly optimistic. Help?
It started with nipple pain about a week ago that grew increasingly more painful and deeper in my breast. The pain peaked two days ago, I started developing redness in my breast, and then yesterday I had a lot of mastitis symptoms: fever (up to 102), aches, chills, extreme fatigue, etc. But today my fever is gone and I'm feeling much, much better.
However, my breast is still red (well, pink really and more blotchy than streaky) and tender, although much less so than previously. I also still feel what might be a lump, although I'm not sure; it's really deep in my breast tissue. Also my breast is a little mis-shapen, although that's resolving I think, too.
I've been nursing every two hours, affected breast first, changing position often. I'm trying to get more fluids, although I'm just terrible about drinking enough water. And I've been doing Ibuprofen every 4 hours for pain, although I'm due for another dose now and I don't think I need it.
So, should I thank my lucky stars and keep nursing every two hours until it's all better (my LO still nurses about every 2 hours anyway)? Or should I call the doc? I have insurance issues so I don't want to involve him unless it's necessary.