Mastitis for the sixth time WHILE I am still on antibiotics from the fifth bout? Yes, this is getting ridiculous.
Earlier this week, I came down with mastitis for the fifth time. I wasn’t too fazed by it — just get back on the antibiotics and soon all will be well again.
Mere hours after my first dose, I could feel the inflammation subsiding. Ah, the miracle of antibiotics!
But last night, while I am still on my course of antibiotics mind you, I noticed the unaffected breast was now incredibly sore. “That is strange… but, it couldn’t possibly be mastitis…”
Today, I woke up with a huge headache AND the telltale tender, red marks of mastitis on my left breast. (As I mentioned, this had been the unaffected breast. The mastitis had been in my right breast.)
I am defeated. Neither Olivia nor I are ready to wean and besides, how am I supposed to WEAN when I am so prone to mastitis? That will be a big, messy, painful disaster!
I co-sleep with Olivia and there is no way to explain to a 14 month old in the middle of the night that we don’t nurse anymore.
I don’t know what to do. I suppose getting more sleep at night might help. These last weeks I have been running myself into the ground, going to bed after 3 or 4 am every night. There has just been so much work to do this season and so many activities with the kids. While I try to make up for it with naps, I know it is not a healthy way to live.
Right now, I am heading to the clinic to hear what the doctor has to say.
Have any of you had problems with multiple bouts of mastitis?
UPDATE: First – thank you so much for your thoughts and advice! I am definitely going to take resting more seriously.
Second – the doctor at the clinic thinks that the antibiotics aren’t working well enough and that maybe the infection has been lingering and returning on and off. So, he gave me a much stronger antibiotic and I am on a double dose for the next 24 hours. Hopefully the stronger meds – and taking better care of myself – will get it under control. I am NOT ready to wean.