My baby was 2 weeks old yesterday, and here are my issues:
1) I had quite severe mastitis for the past 10 days, and I've been taking antibiotics for 7 days now (another 7 to go).
2) Five days ago, I started having fever; it would just come over me in a flash and last a few hours. It lasted 3 days: the 1st day it was 101.7, the 2nd 102.1, the 3rd 102.5. I also had heavier bleeding this past week. I thought it might be a side effect of the antibiotics or the mastitis, but after yesterday, I think I found the real cause: a big chunk of left-over placenta!!
My nipples had been so sore and cracked and painful that for 3 days I stopped nursing and pumped. My supply was good; I would always have at least 25oz of milk stored in the fridge. One of my breasts took longer to heal from the mastitis though; it was so painful I could not even touch it. I started breastfeeding on the other side again, and kept pumping both sides for night feedings. But right around the time the fever started, my badly infected breast started producing less and less and less; I tried nursing on that side but the baby just gets so frustrated. At pumping, I'm lucky if I get even 2oz a day on that side!
Now since yesterday, I feel like my other breast, my "remaining" breast, is also leaving us. The baby's been wanting to nurse A LOT and for much longer periods. At pumping, I get about 2-3 oz from it from each pumping, when it used to be 4-5 oz from each pumping. I just don't feel full anymore, and I haven't leaked (whereas I used to be soaked); I know this can be a sign of your body adjusting. But I'm just scared and devastated to think it will just keep decreasing until there's nothing left.
Has there just been too much stress on my body?!
Is it possible to keep just one breast "working"?
What can I do? I want to keep nursing for a long time!
Thanks for any input!