Okay, so as most of you know… Janice and I are identical twins.
We were born 10 minutes apart, we’ve spent our entire lives as best friends and now we live a block apart. We work together and our kids are more like siblings than cousins.
But we also seem to end up doing other things together too. Like the time when we were 6 years old and we both developed double hernias within 1 hour of each other.
And about 11 months ago, we got pregnant within 4 days of each other.
And now, we’ve got Mastitis within 4 days of each other.
Yes, that’s right. Now, I have Mastitis!!!!
On Saturday, Janice woke up with the telltale signs and suffered for the rest of the weekend as her antibiotics took effect.
On Tuesday, I woke up with a sore breast that was gradually getting redder and hotter. A trip to the doctor confirmed that I had followed in Janice’s footsteps and gotten Mastitis.
But I’ve been quite lucky as I’m not as sick as I could be. I have a killer headache, some nausea and no appetite… But from the sounds of all the comments on Janice’s post, I’m not in as bad shape as some of you were during your bouts with this painful infection.
Anyway, I have to tell you all… when I went to the local clinic to see a doctor I was treated by one of the oldest doctors still practicing medicine. In fact, he was so old that he was retired and just working at the clinic occasionally.
And given his age, it was clear he had different ideas about how to handle Mastitis. He told me I had to stop breastfeeding on that side and just to pump and dump the milk. I was rather shocked and questioned him, but he was clearly set in his mind.
He was from the generation that made my mother wean us at 3 months when she came down with Mastitis.
So I did what I had to… I told him, “Okay, I’ll pump that side”. And then I went home and confirmed online that it is safe to nurse while having Mastitis.
I felt reassured that the Mayo Clinic said:
“Sometimes mastitis leads a mother mistakenly to wean her baby before she intends to. But you can continue breast-feeding while you have mastitis.”
And Dr. Sears says, “Continuing to nurse your baby is the best treatment for engorgement, mastitis and breast infections.”
What’s your experience been? Have you had a doctor tell you to stop nursing on the affected side while you had Mastitis?