I have got mastitis again. I have lost count — but I think this is the fourth time this year.
The great thing about routinely getting mastitis is that you know exactly what is happening and you can get your antibiotics started right away. My first bout of mastitis was agony because I waited too long before getting to the doctor.
Since I get medicated early, it really doesn’t bother me that much that I have mastitis. To me, nursing is definitely worth some pain and illness.
So it shocked me when the female doctor at the clinic looked at me like I was crazy when I told her it was my fourth time with mastitis this year and asked me, “Well, when are you going to stop nursing?”
Taken aback, I replied, “Oh… not yet! I nursed my son for 16 months and I will nurse Olivia until she is at least 18 months old.”
She shook her head with disgust!
I defended myself, “I don’t mind getting mastitis. The antibiotics clear it up quickly.”
“Well, it is not good for your body. You could get abscesses…”
I was in shock that she was suggesting I wean! I am not even CLOSE to being ready to wean — and neither is Olivia. I can’t even imagine weaning her right now.
It is going to take more than a few bouts of mastitis to get me to wean this early!
I LOVE nursing. It is such a wonderful bonding time with Olivia. Especially as a working mother who has to spend too much time at my computer away from my baby girl, nursing is a wonderful time to connect with each other.
It is already breaking my heart that she is growing up as fast as she is! If i wean her, then she really will no longer be a baby!
No thank you. I am not ready to wean!!!
What do you think? Do you think my body is telling me to wean? Or, do you agree with me that a few bouts of mastitis isn’t enough to cut my nursing plans short?