I know I’ve dropped off the radar the last couple weeks, but rest assured: I’m still here, and will be back to blogging regularly very soon.
Turns out the weeks of exhaustion and flu-like symptoms were signs of something else going on: the dreaded mastitis. Took me a while to figure out (mainly because I never had the redness that I always heard was the key sign), but now I am on antibiotics and will hopefully be on the mend soon.
Through this experience, I have talked to at least four other women who have gone through this, and stopped nursing because they thought it would help. Let me just say, for those of you who don’t know: one of the best things you can do to help get over the infection is to nurse as frequently as possible on that side. If it is too painful to nurse, try pumping on a low setting. I have found that if I use a warm compress for about ten minutes before nursing, it goes a lot better.
If anyone else has had experience with mastitis and has survival tips they’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. It is taking me a lot longer to get over it than I thought it would.