Mastitis- bad advice and new issue
I had mastitis last week. My fever got above 102 so I went to the doctor's office and the PA (physician's assistant) saw me. She was very nice and supportive of BF in general, but gave me the following advice:
Don't feed off the infected side for a few days- pump and dump only- until the symptoms abate.
I was like WTHeck?? I nodded and talked as though I would go along with it, but then called MIL for advice and she said that was baloney (as I thought). She fed all her kids through several cases of mastitis and they turned out fine.
The PA did say that not everyone agreed that it was necessary to pump and dump with the affected breast, and it went against everything I ever read about mastitis so I had no problem ignoring that advice. I went to get the antibiotic because the fever was lingering.
I have a follow-up appt. on Wed. She probably won't ask if I followed that advice, but are there any scholarly sources I can cite if needed?
Also, that clog cleared up, but now I have another one on the same breast!!! It is soooo hard to get rid of them! I'm afraid that a. it will re-infect my breast and b. it will still be there on Wed. when I go back and she'll give me more antibiotics. Pumping has not worked so far but I'm going to work with some hot compresses tonight. I've been trying to nurse in all kinds of interesting positions with no luck.
Arrgh. What a pain.
"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary."