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From Mayoclinic.com: Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast. If you have mastitis, you might also experience fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), although sometimes this condition can occur in women who aren’t breast-feeding.

In most cases, lactation mastitis occurs within the first three months after giving birth (postpartum), but it can happen later during breast-feeding. The condition can leave you feeling exhausted and run-down, making it difficult to care for your baby.

Sometimes mastitis leads a mother to wean her baby before she intends to. But you can continue breast-feeding while you have mastitis.

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Mastitis sucks! Oh, my god, does it suck. I went to bed night before last feeling fine, and woke up in the morning feeling like someone had beat the ever-lovin’ crap outta me. I instantly knew what it was, too.

Luckily my doc called in some antibiotics for me pretty quickly, but I still had the joy of dealing with a fever that got up to 103 degrees.

Needless to say, I didn’t go to work yesterday. I laid in bed and shivered or sweated.

You know what you’re supposed to do when you have mastitis? Pump MORE often. I was pumping every hour yesterday. I just wanted to cry. I will totally admit it: If it wasn’t for the fact that G can’t take formula, yesterday would have been the dealbreaker on this breastmilk thing.

Even today I still feel like crap, but luckily I’m no longer running a fever quite that high. I just dread today. Hopefully I feel up to going to visit G later.

Nicely put and informative.

Exclusive Pumpers

FaucetPicture this. Someone comes to you with the following task:

1. Using a faucet, fill up an 8oz cup with water
2. Never let the cup overflow
3. Never turn off the faucet completely, but you can adjust the flow of the water
4. Several times a day, using a straw, this person will drink from the cup

So, you place the cup in your sink and turn on the faucet. At first, you want the water to come out quickly, but after a short while, you realize that the cup is almost full. So, what do you do? You turn the faucet down (but not off).

Sometime later, this person comes with their straw and drinks until the cup is almost empty. What do you do now? You turn the faucet back up so that water comes out quickly again, and when it’s almost full, turn the faucet down…

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