Determined to breastfeed / Engorgement and Mastitis

by Giddy

I feel sometimes like I have breastfed forever!


When I had my eldest son there wasn't question in my mind that he would be breastfed.

All my family had done so I wasn't going to spend my time and money on formula and bottles.

Luckily he was a very easy going baby and took to feeding quickly.

I loved every minute of feeding him. After returning to work when he was 9 months old it became a logistical nightmare and I had to stop, I was gutted.

Next time round was quite different. My second son was a very demanding baby! he seemed to feed constantly, he developed thrush in his mouth at one point and made sure I didn't sleep more than an hour or two for the first few months!

Despite this I never considered not feeding and when he weaned himself at about 18 months I felt I had done well.

My daughter came along some years later and by then I had strong views on feeding I was determined that although I had to go back to work when she was 9 months I wouldn't be stopping that early, with help from my boss ( and a change in laws from when I had my first son) I was able to express while at work and feed at home, my daughter quickly realised that when I was at work (I worked nights) there was no breasts, so would sleep all night long.

If I was at home it was another matter! breasts on tap and she took full advantage. The only problem I had with her was one horrendous night I wasn't able to express, I worked 12hours and by the time I came home I knew I had mastitis.

I couldn't believe it, my daughter was well over a year but the symptoms were unmistakable. I went straight to the doctors and was given antibiotics, I was shaking with fever, one breast on fire and so sick and dizzy I could barely drive.

I spent two days lying in bed feeding my daughter and feeling sorry for myself before it got better. It left me with a new fear - what would happen when I eventually stopped feeding? would the mastitis come back? it worried me so much I decided I would take no steps to wean my daughter off and let her decide herself. She did this just before she turned three!

luckily she did it gradually and I only had slight engorgement to deal with. Since then I have trained to be a breastfeeding peer supporter and can't tell you how rewarding it is to help mums learn and get to grips with feeding their babies, anything that makes more mums choose to do it is great.

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by: Tracy

Hi Giddy

What a great, encouraging story you have!

Thank you for sharing!

You are welcome to help us here at breastfeeding-problems.com, we are always looking for moms like you, to help answer breastfeeding questions.

If you would be interested, please use the comment form, and we can chat about the details.

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Breastfeeding through a mastitis infection

by Terri Christle
(Holton Michigan united states)

Hello, my name is Terri, I am a 19 yr old mother of one who is almost 11 months old. He's been EBF since about a week and a half old, we started out EBF, but after a week went by my supply was so much I had to pump every hour and baby was eating every two hours in between pump sessions, so I started with supplementing then slowly went to straight formula.

I went THREE days of trying to dry up and I just continued to produce and produce until it was a non stop fountain and that's when I thought ' I obviously was meant for breastfeeding and ill start over and try again' since then he got his first two teeth at 4months and now is at 8teeth!

He got an ear infection at 9 months old and went on a nursing strike for a week solid and REFUSED the breast I called everyone, my WIC breastfeeding peer counselor, my local La Leche League leader, and finally my doctor too, in hopes get prescribed something like regular or fenugreek.

Which unsuccessful at that my doctor's nurse told me to (and I quote) "just drink a beer I know your only 19 but our ancestors did it and it will help an if it for some reason doesn't, then call us back" so I frantically called around asking for just ONE beer when finally a family member showed up and happened to have one left over so yes I drank some ONLY HALF!!

My son was out for the night so it wasn't that big, but my supply went from only a half ounce on that side to FOUR OUNCES!!!

Now a couple months later he has recently bitten me due to being irritable due to I JUST found out yesterday he has TWO ear infections :( but anyways he bit me and on the bottom of my nipple I have a sore and I've just been thinking that my breast has been hurting bc of the bite well yesterday my lymph nodes under my arm on that side were all swelled up and painful to even move my arm let alone touch them.

Then later yesterday I noticed a red streak running from my under arm down to the bottom of my nipple and that the whole underneath was red and HOT!

Right then I KNEW something wasn't right and my body was weak, hurt all over head ache nasueaus flu like symptoms, so I had to go to the doctor. I went in and yes, I found out I have mastitis!!

Who knew! The most frightening thing I thought I was going to hear on top of hearing I had mastitis was that I'd have to stop breastfeeding, which IS NOT an option, but to my surprise the doctor said I can continue on!! Made my day happy!

So I've been put on antibiotics and am struggling throughout the excruciating pain of feeding off that side due to the bite sore and his teeth hitting it every time he eats no matter what position, but I AM STRONG is what I keep saying bc if I could handle delivering a 9lbs healthy baby boy no pain MEDs OR epidural, I can fight through having mastitis without a problem!

So please ladies until you've been through this much while breastfeeding don't just give up in the first week like I tried its so very much worth every minute you can give your child!!

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possible mastitis

by Robiya
(NJ USA)

Hi there, 43 yo mother of five children, all EBF and nursing the 5th now who is 18 months.

Suddenly a few days ago my left breast really hurt. I felt a hard area and thought it might clear overnight.

I've had mild flu symptoms the past week without congestion. Now my breast feels like it has a golf ball under the upper left side and its hot to touch with a pinkish rash over the lump.

Also lymph nodes are hard under my armpit so I'm not using deodorant. Dr put me on antibiotics called in Sunday night and they're making me sick.

Trying to nurse a toddler feeling anxious and crappy isn't easy, but its part of motherhood.

Trying to suck it up until my Dr exam. And trying not to read too much online bc its scary!

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breast mastitis twice

by Naomi Bamz
(Lagos, Nigeria)

I am 26 and not married, I have Mastitis and am not breastfeeding! Second occurence! Am so scared and worried ! Was told I have inverted nipples!! Hope it won't affect my breastfeeding later in future?

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