Pumping; plugged ducts; mastitis

DarkAngelDarkAngel Registered Users Posts: 2,671 Curl Neophyte
I'm not sure what I am asking for with this thread. Maybe just some cheerleading and some tips if anyone has gone through anything similar.

Baby Sebastian is almost 12 weeks old. In that time, I have had two cases of mastitis and at least 15 cases of plugged ducts. I am quite obviously doing something wrong. I exclusively pump because of latch problems. The most recent LC thinks he may be tongue tied or so close to tongue tied that it interferes with his latch. She spent most of the visit trying to counsel me on how to get my breasts back into shape in order to reduce the mastitis occurrences. I got the impression that she has not ever completely failed to get a baby to take at least some milk until she met Sebastian. I will likely see her again in a few weeks to continue working on it.

The most recent bout of mastitis was 12.12. Since that time, my supply has tanked. I am making 8-10 ounces less a day. One of my pumping sessions now makes less than half of what it did prior to the mastitis. I can only assume that the damage to my breast is the cause. Is this reversible? How long does it take? Anything that I can do?

I am at the point where I wonder if I am obsessing too much and if it would be healthier emotionally and physically for me and my family if I wean and go to formula. I had a spreadsheet that detailed my daily output. I finally managed to stop using it right before the mastitis but I still know what I produce to the quarter ounce and I freak out if it is different from day to day. Add in the 103 temps and I am kind of a basketcase.

I have about 2 months of milk frozen. It would take a few weeks to wean so he could get BM until 5 months. Isn't that long enough? Logically I know that any BM is better than none but I feel like such a quitter even thinking about giving up this soon. Like I am cheating him. And then so much of my self worth seems to be tied up in making milk. I like knowing that he is growing because of me and only me.

Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.
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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel

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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Registered Users Posts: 5,656
    (((HUGS))) to you DarkAngel. I admire the dedication you've shown thus far. Have you spoken to or seen your OB in regards to the frequent mastitis? Maybe he/she can help a bit.

    You are right that any amount of breastmilk is better than none or less, so you shouldn't feel bad if you end up switching. It certainly isn't for lack of effort on your part. You could consider contacting LLL because maybe someone there has pumping experience and can give you tips.
    Faith, 3Aish redhead
    Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy :love5:
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    I wouldn't say you're doing something "wrong", but since you've had so many plugged ducts and mastitis incidences, I'd wonder if you've got a low-grade breast infection still going on. I'd probably see a breast specialist if I were you.
  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Registered Users Posts: 2,671 Curl Neophyte
    Thank you both. I do need to talk to my doctor but hadn't given it much thought. Thank you for the reminder.
    image.php?type=2&o=5&c=1&date=2009-10-07&babyname=Sebastian

    "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel

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