Re: mastitis set-back in supply
Unless there's a problem with both breasts, you should be able to make enough using just the left. (Think of moms of twins: they make enough milk with just one breast per baby.)
Before I resorted to surgery, I would do the following:
- See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. Most docs don't know as much as they think they do about the science of human lactation.
- Consider working through this bout of mastitis and then trying to nurse with just 1 breast, allowing supply to dwindle in the problematic side.
- Try taking a soy lecithin supplement.
- Try changing your pump and/or breastshields.
- Give it time: sometimes issues with mastitis are caused by a poor latch. Newborn latches, even when perfect, are not as good as those older, larger babies can give you- so problems often go away with time.
- Get the mastitis milk cultured: you may have a bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotics you're taking.
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