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#1 of 3 Old 07-02-2012, 11:09 AM - Thread Starter
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In the past 6 weeks I've gotten mastitis three times. Each time has been due to stress, fatigue and lack of sleep. I'm trying to get rest but it's hard - I have three kids and no family in town to help me. My middle child was recently hospitalized and I have him home all summer because he is unable to go to preschool. It's been pretty crazy summer!
My baby is 4 months old and I am exclusively breastfeeding.

In a month I am traveling cross country to attend my best friend's bachelorette party. I am not going to be able to take the baby with me. I have no one to watch her and having a baby at a bachelorette party is a joy kill.I'm planning on bringing my pump and am going to get as much rest as I can. Does anyone have any experience with having mastitis and having to be away from the baby? Other than making sure to pump regularly, is there anything else I can do to avoid getting mastitis on my trip?

I apologize for any spelling and grammatical mistakes- I'm typing this out on my phone while nursing!
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Oh gosh, mastitis stinks!

Pump, pump, and pump some more. Use warm heat and massage while pumping and in-between sessions to really empty out as much as you possibly can. Warm showers can help, too...

Good luck!! And I hope you can have some fun, too!!

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Hydrate! :) Drink lots of fluids. And definitely pump on fairly regular schedule to keep the breast "empty."

Hope you gets lots of rest soon!

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