Warning: Iwill be talking about boobs.
Mastitis is tough.
Late Saturday night I noticed one boob was rather sore, kind of along my side and under my arm. And very hot to the touch.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had mastitis or a breast infection. I’ve had it a handful of times so I recognize the signs. And I know what I need to do to get better. Even with catching it early and knowing what to expect I was surprised this time around at how icky it can make you feel.
When the mastitis (literally, inflammation of the breast) turns into an infection, it’s like a terrible flu.
I get a fever, joint pain, headache and eye ache.
Being the breastfeeding advocate that I am, I hate to freak women out about the painful stuff. Before I had kids, I used to get grossed out when my mom friends talked about the not-as-beautiful aspects of breastfeeding. Funny to see me now, huh?
But back to the point, knowledge is power and I figured I’d write about it. Better to be prepared.
The first time I had mastitis because I didn’t know to just nurse and nurse and get the plug out, lay in bed with the baby, drink water and take hot showers and it lasted for at least a miserable day and a half.
Now that I know what to do, I endure maybe a few hours of fever and breast pain and it starts to subside.
And a woman can avoid much of the discomfort by simply taking a pain killer– in the correct dosage and amounts for breastfeeding. Always check. (know it by heart now!).
With Azita I never took a pain killer. I follow the wisdom that a fever is the body’s way of fighting the infection and to lower it only prolongs the illness. It is worse but shorter when I don’t take a painkiller.
But now that I have two kids, I do typically take something. I’ve got too many people depending on my being well. Also, b/c the kids sleep with us I am cautious about taking anything that could affect my sleep and ability to wake up. I’m not taking codeine over here, ya know?
Man but I bet I’d feel better than I do now! At least I’ve got Payman letting me sleep late and watching two whole kids for the morning!
I couldn’t sleep at all last night with the aches and pains so I did take half a dose of what is considered safe while breastfeeding. I’m not even sure it helped. I might as well take the full dose and get some relief if its going to get into the baby from my milk anyway!
So today has been rough– worse than I expected. But it will pass. Mastitis every 6 months or so is still more convenient than sanitizing bottles and mixing formula every day.
You know I had to throw that in there.