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I'm having to wean my 13 month old. Normally I nurse much longer, but I've been encouraged to wean him since 6 wks because of uncontrolled hypertension. I stuck it out and gave him a whole year, but I'm worried about damaging my kidneys if my bp continues to run in the 160/90 range. I take 3 medicines for high blood pressure, but it is still out of control. I am exercising and have lost some weight (I'm about a size 14, but very active), but have been hypertensive since I was 19 and skinny/fit so I know there is a genetic component as well.
Anyway, Gabriel is nursing once in the morning and once at night. Yesterday he nursed in the middle of the night. I got up at 5:15 and went to work (I'm an ER nurse). Around noon I noticed I felt kind of cruddy. By 2, I was freezing. By 6, I had taken Tylenol and Motrin and still had a temp of 101.2 and a heart rate of 114. (And my bp was 168/98 - I soooo need to get on some better meds). I thought maybe it was just a cold or something until someone bumped my chest and I nearly hit the floor. Went to the restroom and half my breast is bright red, hot and painful.
So when I finished my shift one of the docs saw me and started me on an antibiotic.
But what do I do? I know you're supposed to pump and nurse overtime to get rid of mastitis. But I don't want to stimulate more milk production.
Should I pump? Nurse more frequently? Bind them up with cold cabbage?
Tamara: hs'ing Christian mom of five here and five in Heaven. Joyfully awaiting Punkin, coming mid-Sept!