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Knife in my chest...I mean...MASTITIS!

Nov 17, 2010 - 10 comments
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Holy crap, I have just come down with mastitis as of yesterday and today, I am in *agony!*
It hurts to inhale a deep breath.
It hurts to turn my torso.
It hurts to lift my arms.
And nursing my baby? Ohmuhgosh, please just shoot me!!! When he latches on or pulls off--dear God, the pain is literally blinding and I want to throw up.
My back, neck and shoulders ache. I can barely tolerate the pain of wearing a bra, much less lifting my arms to pull a shirt over my head!
I got antibiotics this morning and I'll be living off Ibuprofen like candy for the next 24-48 hours, and walking around nursing my boobs (pardon the pun) with warm cloths.

My mom's sheep occasionally had to be treated for mastitis when she bred them. I always thought it was such a pain to have to help her hold them down to milk them out or let their lambs nurse when they'd get engorged because they wouldn't want their lambs to nurse. They would kick and thrash and BAAAAAAAAA.

Now...I totally understand why.
This is utterly miserable (pardon the pun again).

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by April2, Nov 17, 2010
Oh no! I'm so sorry you're going through this. :( You poor thing! I pray those antibiotics kick in real fast and you will be completely healed as quickly as possible!

My daughter was just saying the other day she wasn't sure if she'd be able to keep nursing when he gets teeth because he already has a strong suck and tends to bite down and pull back, which really hurts.

But Mastitis, yeow! I will be praying for you, my friend!

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by AHP84, Nov 17, 2010
If Greydon had any teeth right now, there would be no way I could tolerate the pain, I'm sure. It's unbearable just with the latching. If he bites down at all now that I have mastitis, oh man...
He has no teeth but the boy has the jaw strength of Superman. It hurts.

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by Limonada, Nov 17, 2010
I had mastitis when weaning Daniel.....oh my so I ever feel your pain - or at least I did, back then!!!  I'm down to feeding Gil just 3 times a day myself (the rest is solids, water and whatever tiny amount of formula he'll accept) and I have yet to get it again....and hope I don't!!

Trust me....you'll feel a whole lot better once you get the antibiotics.  I was 100% once I had completed my course of them.  Hang in there!!!

A side note....one of my SILs got mastitis FOUR times when she was still BFing her youngest....Can you imagine??

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by aheart, Nov 17, 2010
Couldn't you feed your baby a bottle until this is over? I'm 59 and its been alot of years so I don't know too much about it but sure wish you a quick recovery. OOOOUUUUCCCHHHH!!

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by AHP84, Nov 17, 2010
Oh gosh, four times while feeding one child?! I think I would die...lol.

With mastitis, you're supposed to keep nursing unless the infection is critical and causing lumps from multiple clogged ducts. The point of continuing nursing and pumping is to keep the milk flowing through the ducts to clear them out with the infection.
Not pleasant. At all.

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by jenstam, Nov 17, 2010
First, I feel so bad for you. I know it's terrible pain. I hope those antibiotics work very quickly. Second, those poor SHEEP!! Now you can imagine their pain! I only hope they don't process pain like we do as humans. Poor things (you included)!!

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by AHP84, Nov 17, 2010
I am still trying to make it through the workday. I've pumped for the afternoon and thankfully, didn't pass out from the pain at my desk.
I got this brilliant idea to take one of my milk storage bags and put hot water in it and stick it in my bra to use as a warm compress. I'm feeling rather proud of my ingenius idea right now, lol.

Yeah, the sheep. I always felt badly for them, but whenever we'd notice one of the ewes showing signs of mastitis, I'd think, oh yay. Now we have to wrangle this poor sheep twice a day to give her meds and milk her out for the next week. Sheep may be small, but they are strong. It's not easy dealing with a ewe with mastitis.
Glad my mom decided not to raise larger livestock!

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by AHP84, Nov 18, 2010
I am feeling a little better today. At least, I don't feel like I have the flu anymore, or the body aches, and I can raise and manuver my arms and torso with minimal pain. My chest still hurts, though. And nursing is still a killer. Occasionally, I get a random stabbing pain through my breast that is enough to make my vision go blurry. Thankfully, the pain doesn't last too long--the last time I remember pain enough to do things to my vision was when I was in labor, lol.
I'm hoping most of the pain will be gone by tomorrow. At least it's slightly more tolerable today.

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by TrudieC, Nov 18, 2010
Try and spend time in the shower letting the hot water flow over your breasts and give them a good massage.  Hope you feel better soon.

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by AHP84, Nov 18, 2010
I have done the shower thing...but my showers usually don't get to last too long. I've found that the milk storage bag filled with hot water in my bra while at work, along with the Ibuprofen, has been my most soothing relief.
I can't wait to recover from this. I can't really hold Greydon or hug Trevor or my husband right now, as anything that touches or puts any pressure on my chest is torturous. :-P

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