So I am on my 5th recurrence of mastitis. Yup, I said 5th. DS isn't even 5 wks old yet. I am so freaking sick of this. I have thrush and a cracked nipple on top of this and I might have Raynaud's syndrome too. The world does not want me to breastfeed. Ugh.
So I'm not giving up breastfeeding, but I feel like I'm ready to give up trying to fight this naturally. I've tried poke root, other herbs, massage, pumping, nursing, etc and that all works for a bit and I feel better and then it comes right back.
I can either do the natural things and just stay in bed forever because any sort of activity makes it come back (this time it was a short trip to Whole Foods), or I can give in and take antibiotics.
I did not take so much as a Tylenol during pregnancy and it really bothers me to take something that will get into DS, but at this point I can't be the mom I want to be. I'm in bed all the time. I cry a lot because of the pain and frustration. I've been researching and it seems like only a little antibiotic gets through the breast milk, like less than 1% it said.
I feel like I've given it the ole college try, but I'm so sick of having this infection EVERY week!!! I can't do anything!!!! I feel like I've missed out on the first 5wks. Not really since we've spent 24/7 together in bed, but I've missed out on things I had envisioned doing with him. I guess there's no sense in being upset about that now. Can't get time back.
Would you continue trying the natural stuff and just confine yourself to bed or would you give up and take antibiotics? I hate this!