Breastfeeding woes

I currently feel like I have the flu. I have a 101 degree fever, body aches, a headache that comes and goes, nausea, and tenderness in my right breast.

I generally switch which breast my babies get to eat from daily. They have different habits and I’d like my breasts to remain somewhat symmetrical when this is all said and done. Plus, I like to keep my supply up and they sometimes eat different amounts. However, about a week ago Cormac started sleeping all night. Like 7-5 all night. I would wake up with a hugely engorged breast screaming to feed my baby.

I think that’s where the issue started. I’m not going to switch breasts anymore- at least until Clara sleeps all night, if that ever happens.

I’m currently on antibiotics (Cephalexin). It is considered safe for breastfeeding, but babies might get diarrhea. I’m eating probiotic yogurt to minimize the chances of thrush. I’m nursing often and plan on pumping tomorrow. Tonight I just want to lay here.

I’m still breastfeeding. Hopefully I wake up a new (healthy) woman.


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  1. Heidi Prucker -  July 11, 2012 - 8:00 am

    I am currently attached to a pump as I read this, it’s almost six and my son hardly nursed last night. I just pumped 6 oz out of the breast that was used the least and there’s still more coming. I wake up every morning in pain, and to make matters worse he decided he needed to nurse every hour yesterday making me even more engorged. Luckily these problems have not made me sick yet, but I fear it’s only a matter of time. Oversupply is almost as crummy as not being able to feed your children. (after number two I highly doubt there is anything symmetrical left)

    Xoxo feel better

  2. Maggie Jones -  July 13, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Oh man… I am all too familiar with mastitis. I had 6 bouts in a 9 month span. I absolutely love nursing, but I was ready to cut my boobs off completely. Here’s hoping for some relief for you!

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