(Closed) Rough night

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My Bradley instructor was telling us about her first encounter with mastitis. She didn’t have any symptoms and then pow, she felt like she had the flu. She was saying that there are ways to hold the baby during nursing that help with the infection (you can nurse during this, but it won’t be pleasent). Good luck.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@troubled: To a person who’s never nursed and only had a 15 minute coversation about it, it sounds like that’s what you have. Dr. McBride will now bill you an outrageous amount for her services. Seriously though, it sounds awful. I’m so sorry.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I literally went from no symptoms at all to being hospitalized for four days from mastitis within 48 hours.  First, I had what you are describing, fever, aches, chills, and warm/tender breasts.  Within 24 hours, I was so sick I couldn’t get off the bathroom floor, and I had red V-shaped marks on my breasts.  It became painful to nurse, and I felt like Addie wasn’t getting enough to eat.  My husband finally forced me to go to ER, and I wound up hospitalized because the antibiotics weren’t working.

You need to call your doctor ASAP and get checked out.  Mastitis can come on very fast, and if left untreated, it can cause an abcess, which requires surgery to correct.  Although you said you’re on antibiotics, they might not be working well enough; you may need something stronger or something administered via IV in order to tackle the infection (which is what I had to do).  It’s always better to get checked out if you feel badly, than to let things get worse. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m allergtic to penicillin and sulfa drugs, so that greatly limits the types of drugs I can take.  Originally I was on some drug I had never heard of before… not azythromycin, but something in that family.  I took that orally my first day in the hospital, but my symptoms were not getting better (I wasn’t getting worse, just not better), so I was switched to an IV of a combination of a couple different antibiotics and IV pain killers.  A few days later I was released with a prescription for a continutation of all the drugs orally for 2 weeks.

I had a really severe case of mastitis; it usually responds better to antibiotics than what I experienced.  But it’s still really important to get treated immediately.  It came on super suddenly for me, and I thought I was just finally starting to feel the effects of sleep deprivation.  I got really sick, really fast, and by the time I actually went in to the doctor, I was very ill and needed a lot more aggressive treatment.

Hopefully your doctor also told you to nurse often and to empty the affected breast(s) at each feeding.  Also, the nurses gave me warm compresses and showed me how to massage my breast, both of which are supposed to help with the healing process.  I hope you feel better soon!  Illness is never fun, especially with a newborn to take care of.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Good news on the fever!  Hopefully you’ll be back at 100% real soon.  🙂

I let my milk dry up completely after my ordeal; it was really difficult for me emotionally to be away from Addie that long, and I didn’t want to take the risk of another infection.  Before I left the hospital, though, the nurses told me to make sure I wore loose-fitting clothing, to empty the breast at every feeding, to massage the breast toward the nipple (which helps your baby empty the breast completely), and to always dry the nipple completely after showering and feedings before covering with clothing (to reduce the chances of bacteria growth).  My understanding is that once you have mastitis, you have a higher chance of getting it again, so be aware of how you’re feeling.  If you start feeling feverish/achy/etc… again, I think it’s always better to call your doctor and just let him/her know what’s going rather than wait to see if it worsens. 

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