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I added a little unsweetened applesauce and dried cranberries and they're delish!
Up until recently it was absolutely normal for me to eat at least once in the middle of the night. In fact, I kept a stash of Larabars near the bed for just that purpose. For the last week or so i've been challenging myself to ignore the hunger pangs til breakfast, but sometimes that means lying awake in bed for an hour or more, daydreaming about food only to fall asleep and dream about more food. One of my most recent and recurring dreams involves being stuck in a room filled entirely with my most favorite sweet treats, chocolates, fudges, hamburgers, bacon, etc. and the only way to escape alive is to eat my way out. I'm always sad when I wake up and find it was just a dream
It's 4:30am and I'm almost considering getting up for the day (after falling asleep after 11pm) just so i can justify eating without breaking my new rule.
Oh, but I've already lost 2 lbs since adopting this new rule! Currently 7 lbs away from my (breastfeeding) goal weight (but still 11 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight.)
I'm happy to report that I'm able to pump 20-26 oz per day and I only need to pump every 6-8 hours. It works for us and I can sleep and keep my sanity. I'm so happy that I decided not to give up. From my last session- woo hoo! Lol
+1000 to everything helenh said! I have one of those sacks full of rice that you microwave, and found that to work well as a moist-heat compress. I spent more than one occasion with a hand pump in a hot shower, which helped to get things moving as well. While I am not one to jump on antibiotics at every turn, I would definitely contact your health care provider in this case. Maybe even a CVS or Target clinic or the like might be able to write the Rx for you. Mastitis pain is the worst I've ever known - worse than medication-free childbirth or breaking bones. I'm sending you healing thoughts and hugs!
I've had mastitis several times as well. Bed rest, increased fluids. I was able to clear it up the first couple times with natural remedies like echinacea, oregano and vitamin C. However if it goes over 24 hours you need to step it up with the antibiotics. I did this the third time, but waited a bit too long to start and ended up in the ER cause of the swelling and the fact that it was friday night so the other offices were closed. I hope your feeling better now, but if you are not it may be time to get some antibiotics. I recommend taking a probiotic with the antibiotics so you don't end up with thrush. Please let us know how you are feeling when you get a chance.