Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Mastitis

And the yeasts. The boobies are plagued with both. Youch! And then there's the cracked, bleeding nipple-age, which seems to be the norm lately.

Little Miss has a "tight" mouth according the the lactation nurse, so PT has been ordered. We go see the (hopefully) nice lady today to see if we can't get her to relax a little when she's nursing.

Needless to say, this week has been a little more than agonizing in the boob department. I think they are both about to revolt! We are working on it, but WOW it's painful!


Melissa said...

Yes, my nipples were in agony for 8 months - bleeding, cracked, etc. I'm almost positive I had yeast as well, but I never bothered seeing a doc about it.

Keep a lookout on Brynna's health. She could get oral thrush from the yeasty nipples, so make sure you check her mouth out regularly for white patches. My daughter never got thrush because I pumped exclusively, but nursing babies are at risk.

And if the LC hasn't told you already, keep your nipples as clean and dry as possible. Wash them frequently, change your nursing pads several times per day, etc.

I'm sorry you're going through this agony. I know the pain you're feeling, believe me! Hopefully you can get some help on the nursing front and treat the boobies as well.

Rikki said...

Oh no T! I hope things start clearing up soon, that sounds awful.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no!! I hope today's visit with the LC helps you both out!!

Hang in there, Mama!!

Happily Married said...

Melissa had some great advice. Only thing I would add is going to get a few sets of Soothies or the Playtex gel pads. I'm pretty sure Medela has a similar product as well. Put them in the refrigerator and apply them to your nipple when you put your bra on after a shower or a nursing session & you'll feel a little relief. (Or so my patients tell me when I do that for them.)

Hopefully the PT appt went well today and you'll be on the road to recovery and enjoyable nursing soon!

Mary said...

Oh, no, no. I think this is when I could reach for a bottle, lol. Hang in there, hon!

Anonymous said...

Yikes! And I thought boobs were bad because of the mega-dose HCG shot!

Sorry about that T! I hope it gets better soon!

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I bet that hurts!!! I hope you get it all figured out soon. I didn't think anyones boobs could hurt worse than mine do but I think you won!

Carbon said...

OUCH! Oh noes! I hope you have plenty of lanolin on hand, and your LO signs a peace agreement with your boobs SOON.