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No Rest for the Weary: Mastitis Morning

Resting from Mastitis

I had a sleepy partner in crime!

I had to let Margo trash the house this morning.  As long as she wasn’t hurting herself or doing some thing dangerous, I was too exhausted from fever and a throbbing headache to to anything about it.  Art had something at work that he couldn’t get out of in the morning, but I told him right away that this thing wasn’t getting any better and that he best come home as soon as he could get out of there.  Attack of Mastitis!!!  Mastitis is this infection/inflammation of the breast that you get when breastfeeding.  I have no idea how I all of a sudden got it, I’ve been breastfeeding for over 2 1/2 years and have never once had it.  As a friend of mine, Meggan, said, like, (duh), ‘You get it from having a boob full of milk!’.  She has an awesome blog too (megganmamma.wordpress.com/).

Actually, I have an idea of how it happened… I was feeding both girls to bed the night before… Goldie puked all over Margo, Margo cried, (it was really funny, to be honest), and their little feeding session was cut short.  We all fell asleep and I woke up at 2am feeling a little full… fed some babies hoping the draining would help… but when I woke up at 4 or 5 with that fever feeling and aching skin, I knew this thing was going to get worse, and it did.  I also got a throbbing headache to go with it, not sure if it was part of the mastitis or an independent event, but it was all fun and games.  Art left for work around 6:15 and I was left with two girls feeling like all I wanted to do was crawl in bed and dissolve…. which was not going to happen!  I didn’t take any pain killers right away, because I wanted the fever to run its course and take care of the infection.  I did take something later for my stupid headache, that would not go away.  I haven’t taken a pain killer in a few years for a headache, but I couldn’t sleep because the throbbing head, and I knew that I desperately needed the rest!  The whole episode seems to have disappeared almost as fast as it appeared.  All that’s left is a little sore area where the infection happened, and hopefully that’s all. I’m just now drinking some slippery elm tea, which my friend, Meggan, recommended.  Supposed to be good for inflammation.

It’s not fair when a baby gets sick.  It’s so sad to see them hurting, but in some ways it’s even worse when you, as a parent get sick. Everyone always wants a piece of you when you’re the mom… especially if you’re breastfeeding.  Those few hours when Art was at work this morning was like a mini torture session.  Margo was actually being really well behaved, considering I had to mostly ignore her, other than the essentials of feeding her and helping her go to the toilet.  But, I couldn’t rest.  She was talking a mile a minutes, and I was laying in bed, mostly just making sure that Margo didn’t come along and crush her sleeping baby sister.  Goldie was in all her glory.  She loves to snuggle, and she slept with me almost the whole day.  But, even after Art came home from work, I couldn’t really rest until Goldie was taking a nap and Art had Margo out of the house.  How do the single parents do it, I would like to know!?  How does someone with a chronic illness do it, when you would get sick frequently like this!?  I get this sick maybe once or twice a year, where I’m totally incapacitated.  I felt a bit like a wimp this morning thinking about how I could barely survive a few hours without Art, when I know that there are way worse scenarios!

Anyway, the best cure for mastitis is rest and to keep feeding your baby!  Goldie has these tiny night feeds, so I think I’ll be waking Margo up sometime tonight to act as my little ‘human pump’, as my midwife called her.  She’ll be so excited.  Until then, eating raw ginger (anti-bacteria) and sleep is in on the agenda.

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  1. Oh Kate, you’re not alone I experienced the same thing too when I breastfed Cyler. The pain was horrible, but I get the hang of it as time goes by. And oh have a good rest, and get well soon. Cyber hugs and kisses to Margo and Goldie!

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  2. I swear there must be a direct line from the breasts to the head. I had a plugged duct last week that was not only painful, but gave me a throbbing headache! I wish you a jet pack on the road to recovery.

    Sweet picture and I looooooove the comforter with the big purple leaves.

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    • I was reading yesterday that headaches are either related to hormones or digestion… I would say breastfeeding is a bit hormonal, so there you go! The comforter is organic cotton.. they made a typo on the tag where we bought it and it only cost $4! haha, we got two, for when one gets destroyed from babies!

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  3. I had a girlfriend who wasn’t breast feeding, who has never been pregnant, get Mastitis. That’s the first time I had ever heard of it. It’s another one of those “sometimes it just happens to women, cuz it just does”.

    I am pregnant (27 wks) and I am just getting over a horrible clingy cold/flu. Just letting the dogs out to go pee was exhausting. I have no idea how you did it with a toddler!

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  4. I didn’t know that eating raw ginger could help. That is good to know! The picture you have in your post is just wonderful. I’m glad you are feeling better. 🙂

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    • You only need a little piece, or put it in some hot water. Every morning, I drink a concoction of fresh ginger, lemon and honey, so this morning, I just added a little extra ginger, plus been chewing on the raw stuff throughout the day. People also use raw garlic, but I think my husband would hate it!

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