UPDATE: (For future reference) Breastfeeding with GM
I just wanted to write in an update for members of this group who are pregnant or will get pregnant and are struggling with GM. So I gave birth to a baby girl on April 27th, naturally, without a single complication :) I was worried because of the three types of antibiotics I had to take in the beginning of this diagnosis (about November/December time frame). I was able to breastfeed for nine days until yesterday. It did make three healed abscesses come open, but not too painful. I thought maybe it would help all the pus come out once and for all. Then yesterday I had an abscess come open near my areola. Now it is impossible to breastfeed on that side or pump because very little milk is being produced and because blood comes out. I believe it is possible to breastfeed with GM, as long as there aren't any open abscesses near the areola.I spoke to a lactation consultant, and now I have to decide whether I should continue to breastfeed on the left, healthy breast. She also said that I can begin treatment of prednisone and breastfeed. (Most likely won't take steroids while breastfeeding). I've dealt with this without any meds until now, so I may do so for a while longer. I hope this information can help somebody in the future.
I first got the signs of GM when I was in my 8 month of pregnancy and only got diagnosed when my son was 5 months old. I have breastfeed my son the entire time. There were times where it was too painful, or an abscess was on the areola, or the surgical drainage affected the ability to breastfeed, when that happened I would just hand pump in the shower to release the milk, and breastfeed normally out of the unaffected breast. Although the milk production is lower in the breast that I have GM I was still able to produce enough milk and my son is exclusively breast feed.
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