Since my broken titty about 3 weeks ago, I have had:
- a clogged milk duct in the opposite breast
- a clogged milk duct in the same (mastitis) breast *last weekend*
- a probable yeast infection in the same (mastitis) breast *happening for the last couple of days*
- a clogged milk duct in the same (mastitis) breast *happening now*
I worked through the clogs previously, so I’m pretty sure I can do it again (which is why I’m up pumping at 2am….)
But, this is getting really, really old.
I learned that the yeast infection (self diagnosed) was probably caused by my not taking probiotics when I took the antibiotics to get rid of the mastitis. That sucks.
And the yeast infection hurts to nurse worse than the mastitis.
It hurt so bad yesterday I avoided pumping in between feeds and the next thing I know I’ve got a lumpy hard breast. Again.
I’ve heard that once you get a clogged milk duct or mastitis you can have more problems. And you know I could take this even once a month. But this is weekly or more now. This is ridiculous.
Chicken has brought up the Q word. I’m not ready. It would break my heart to quit right now because I’m really enjoying breastfeeding my babies and I would hate to quit when I’m not ready. But my body seems to really be rebelling against my best intentions.
I just don’t know what to do.
For now, I’m sleeping on the couch with a heating pad on my breast and pumping away.
Tomorrow is another day. One with hot rice socks in my bra, more feeding, constant pumping, massages and probably some prayers.
I’m not ready to quit.