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Well, I finally have a name for what I have. It is called mastitis. It is a breast inflammation caused by infection.  This can happen when you become engorged or if your nipples become cracked or irritated.  I am already on antibiotics, so I have to wait and see if this clears everything up.  If it doesn’t, I was told that I would have to stop pumping.  I probably will feel crappy for a little while longer.

I did get some good news at my appointment though.  I lost 28 lbs. already.  Will will be 1 on Saturday, so I can’t complain about that weight loss!  I gained 32 lbs during my pregnancy, so only 4 more to go!  However, none of my pants fit yet, so I am little confused!

24 thoughts on “Mastitis”

  1. I'm glad you got a diagnosis. Having had mastitis with my youngest, I feel your pain. Warm, moist heat really does help ease the misery.

    As for the way your pants fit, it might be that your body composition changed during your weight loss. That's what happened after my son's birth: my once tiny waist was gone, but my hips were slimmer than ever before. (Until I regained all the baby weight and then some, that is.)

  2. I won't tell you of the pain I had when Kyra was born. I had this though along with a yeast infection in my breasts as well as in Kyra's mouth. I also got poison ivy…who knows how. I had these 3 at the same time.

    Here is my advise, which may go against what everyone tells you. It was my saving grace though.

    Pump…..just keep pumping. Yes stop, but when you can stand it again, go again. Feed your baby too.

    It took me 6 weeks of torture to start doing this and believe me….it works better than any pill.

    I had to stop the antibiotics because taking those makes the yeast infection, I had yeast infection spreading from my breasts down my stomach and onto the top of my thighs. I couldn't stand it. I was eating so much yogurt, that is what they told me to do for the yeast.

    Anyways, I wish you the very best with this. It will get better….lots better.

  3. No, that advice is what they keep telling me. I need to pump every 2 -3 hours (which with 2 kids — well, I am sometimes doing, sometimes not.)

    Amazingly, I am actually feeling somewhat better today.

  4. ooh good! Hope you start feeling better soon. i think your pants maybe don't fit cause your hips widened to give birth..that's what happened to me.. it took about two months before i could even try to get them on!!! Good job on the weightloss though, breastfeeding definitely helps with that!!

  5. Has anyone suggested nursing from a different angle? I don't know if you can do that with pumping, but that was the way I cleared up the two or three bouts with mastitis I had. It's brutal!

  6. Oh no! I've had that twice – it's so miserable!! I hope you feel better really soon. Once the antibiotics kicked in, I felt worlds better!

  7. Has anyone suggested wrapping your sore breasts in very cold cabbage leaves?

    Just insert them inside your bra..will take away the pain like magic..I am not sure how it works but I can assure you it does.

    Hope you are feeling better soon 🙂

  8. I've gained more than 32 lbs and I'm still not finished with my pregnancy 🙂

    I'm glad you found out what was wrong, I hope it goes away soon!

  9. Melissa,

    I tend to lose weight in my first trimester, so I start off with a negative weight gain. 🙂 The disadvantage is that I have morning sickness really bad. I think I had lost around 10 lbs. the first trimester.

  10. I know it sounds weird, but the cold cabbage leaves thing really does help. You might alternate that with warm, moist heat like from a hot washcloth. I'm so sorry 🙁

    That's great about the weight loss! Will is one month old, right? You could still lose water weight, but your shape might be different. I wouldn't buy any new pants right away if it was me, unless you get them cheap at a thrift store 🙂

    I'm writing up your review on MomReviews tonight, just so you know!

  11. 32 lbs during pregnancy, that's amazing! You really got your diet down while you were pregnant. That's pretty normal weight gain while you're expecting. Some gain more than double of what you put on.

    Happy to hear about your weight loss. I wish I could say the same about me haha but I'm getting there, one pound at a time.

  12. I know this post is a bit old but I was searching about mastitis and stumbled upon this post. Have you had problems with yeast infection while being under antibiotics? I heard it is quite common.

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