So it all started Sunday night. I wasn’t feeling the best and had a headache and it hurt to nurse on my right side. I didn’t think much of it. Monday I was feeling pretty crappy but wasn’t sure why. I just had a pounding headache, a fever and a sore breast. All classic signs of mastitis. I was in denial and hoping it would just go away and not be mastitis. Monday night my fever was 101.5 and my headache was miserable. My breast hurt all the way up into my armpit and I knew that I had mastitis. I was hoping to avoid going to the doctor because we were supposed to have dentist appointments today and a much needed haircut as well. I caved when my fever started up again and I couldn’t take anymore. I had a 101.5 fever and was shivering under three blankets. I called my doctor and they got me in right away thankfully. I had to cancel the dentist but this was more important. So I went to my doctor and got my antibiotics so now I should be feeling better in a couple of days. I’m hoping they kick in sooner than later! So forgive me if the blog is slacking!!
Mastitis is no fun, but if you ever think you have it, don’t wait to go to your doctor! I’ve heard horror stories of how terrible it can get. My own sister waited when she had it and ended up in the hospital for four days. It was her urging that pushed me to call the doctor. I’ve also heard horrible stories of the doctor having to lance the breast and let it heal open. Ahhhh that makes me hurt! Can you imagine? Terrible! Anyway, here are the symptoms for you nursing mamas:
Fever-my fever also came and went which made me think I was getting better when I wasn’t
Pain in one breast that can radiate up the arm and hurt when you move your arm
I had a headache which is probably related to the fever
Red Streak on your breast
Lump in your breast
Even though it hurts like crazy to nurse you need to keep nursing! It also helps to wear a looser fitting bra and massage the breast if you feel like you are getting a clogged duct.
So I thought I would also let you know that out of all of the thermometers I have reviewed the one I have been using during all of this to monitor my temp is the Vicks Thermometer. I’ve been using it orally and feel it is the most reliable because there is no technical aspect to worry about when you take the temp. You just need to make sure you haven’t drank anything before taking it. It also happens to be one of the most inexpensive ones at less than $10. You can also use it on your baby either rectally or orally. It also flashes green, yellow or red to tell you what range your temp is in (and if it is a mild fever or a high fever). I just wanted to share that because you don’t need to spend a pretty penny on a thermometer if you don’t want to. The least expensive ones can be just as good or better! I like that it works for infants all the way to adults. Now I should say I wasn’t paid to write this and I already did the review for the product awhile back. I’m simply writing this on my own to share my thoughts and let you know. I’m also relying on my new Bravado sleep bra which is part of their new line in Target stores. That review will be coming soon. The last thing I’m using that I’ve reviewed in the past and shared with you are the Florastor Probiotics. Since I am on antibiotics I want to avoid antibiotic associated diarrhea as well as try to avoid the chances of Aiden getting thrush from my antibiotics in the milk. So like I said I wasn’t asked to write this, I just wanted to share my favorite things I’ve reviewed that helped me through this.
Hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon! Thanks for listening to me