mastitis...

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mastitis...

Postby va.x » 10 Sep 2013, 18:32

so last week i probably did too much as i felt so good but i'm now really suffering for it :(

i noticed lumps under my right breasts on Friday so spent the afternoon on the sofa but no joy, started feeling bit off on saturday, this turned to feeling like deathwarmedup on saturday pm (obviously coinciding with the wedding i have been hoping to get to for months - in retrospect i really shouldn't have gone and didn't go to the evening do). saturday night i did alot of massage and pumping getting heaps of the left side and practically nothing off the right - grr.

sunday am i phoned OOH and got antibiotics. so now i'm 48hrs+ into them and i still can't shift the lumps despite heat/massage/pumping (although still getting practically nothing). it is so sore and uncomfy. i'm really struggling with doing all the right things at the right time - you know you sit down to fed and realise the heat pack is still in the microwave and your water bottle is empty. DH is doing ok but needs constant directions, i'm exhausted. Jellybean's sleep is actually quite good and we had been getting 2x3hrs at night and now i have to try to wake her up more often and waking her is difficult - often taking 20-30mins.

Sorry for ramble, feeling very sorry for myself.
What am I looking for? A quick sure fire way getting rid of these lumps (they are deep, not close to surface) *hopefulface*

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Re: mastitis...

Postby mamapup » 10 Sep 2013, 18:37

Not nice, I'm sorry. No advice but definite sympathy. I'd say keep going with massaging and hand pumping in the shower.
Hope it goes soon, I remember that feeling well. Could you get jellybean to keep feeding off that side?
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Re: mastitis...

Postby StJuniper » 10 Sep 2013, 18:46

I used to take hot baths for recurrent blocked ducts, either massaging after soaking my breast in the hot water for a while, or having DH bring me P to nurse in the tub. If nothing else baths are really relaxing... (((())) hope you get it sorted out soon.
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Re: mastitis...

Postby AB&M » 10 Sep 2013, 18:47

(((()))) only has it once but it will stay with me!
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Re: mastitis...

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 10 Sep 2013, 19:02

I don't know what else to suggest but wanted to send you some of these ((((((((((((((((va.x))))))))))))))))) I had mastitis twice and it's grim. Agree with SJ to try a bath - at the very worst you'll have a bit of R&R!!

I hope you are feeling better soon xxx
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Re: mastitis...

Postby pimento » 10 Sep 2013, 19:40

Huge hugs, I had it 3 times and felt dire!! Have you taken ibuprofen? There are 2 different kinds of mastitis and it may be that you don't have the infectious kind that needs antibiotics. Hot shower/bath, lots of lots of gentle massage and more ibuprofen.

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Re: mastitis...

Postby meerkatsmum » 11 Sep 2013, 12:01

You don't want to know how many times I had it... A hot shower right before a feed used to work well. It's not practical though. Also, I'm sure you know, feeding baby is better than a pump.
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Re: mastitis...

Postby Alstarofwonder » 11 Sep 2013, 12:09

No advice, sorry, just lots of ((())) Hope you can shift them asap, sounds like you're doing all the right things.
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Re: mastitis...

Postby oriel » 11 Sep 2013, 14:12

Do you have an electric pump? That might help if you need to get more out than she'll take feeding. I bought the Lansinoh double pump a few weeks ago when I had mastitis and found it really good. Agreed though that if you can shift it in feeding that's better.
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