Recent goings-on

I think I’ve been fighting off a case of mastitis. I have been feeling really awful the last few days – sore throat and no energy, headaches, dizziness, nausea. I have been having plugged duct issues nearly every day, as well. Last night I went to bed at 8 and woke up in the middle of the night with massive soreness and an area of my chest rock-hard. Jack took care of it sometime around 5:30 this morning, and hopefully the extra rest will knock it out completely. Any of my fellow BFing moms know if there are any supplements I can take for this? I have no idea why this is happening. I am pumping and nursing regularly and the plugged area is clear of irritating bra straps and such. It seems really random.

Jack also went to sleep early last night, around 7 I think. He slept fairly well, if I remember correctly. This morning he was in a fantastic mood. I noticed right away when he was smiling that his two top-front teeth are trying to burst through the gum (and will probably succeed by the end of the day). This explains SO MUCH about his recent behavior. I knew he was teething still, but before now had no idea when those teeth would make an appearance.

I don’t have much else to report. We are heading to Chico this weekend with some friends. I am nervous about being the only non-outdoorsy person in the group. Also, I think there was mention of doing an all day excursion to Table Mountain, and I have no idea how baby naps fit into this plan (there is also a two year old in the group). Jack will nap in the carrier if Joe is holding him, though, so maybe it won’t be a problem. We will see. It’ll be nice to see some real sunshine!

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  1. A friend of mine picked up mastitis after breastfeeding for two years (I was so shocked that it happened so late.) It clearly wasn’t because of a bad bra or anything like that. It was because she was over-working herself and was worn out.

    Whatever the cause, I hope you’re better by now. I hate mastitis, but I’m experienced enough (yikes!) by now to catch it early and I LOVE the cure: take your baby to bed — sleep and nurse.

  2. A friend of mine picked up mastitis after breastfeeding for two years (I was so shocked that it happened so late.) It clearly wasn’t because of a bad bra or anything like that. It was because she was over-working herself and was worn out.

    Whatever the cause, I hope you’re better by now. I hate mastitis, but I’m experienced enough (yikes!) by now to catch it early and I LOVE the cure: take your baby to bed — sleep and nurse.

  3. I am indeed better by now. I believe this was the 3rd time I’ve had mastitis. Luckily it doesn’t turn into a major infection and I’ve never needed antibiotics. I suspect I have a difficult time keeping my ducts cleared due to my oversupply problems. I’ve mostly got it under control but my breasts seem to be pretty sensitive.

    Of course, I definitely need more rest, as well.

  4. I am indeed better by now. I believe this was the 3rd time I’ve had mastitis. Luckily it doesn’t turn into a major infection and I’ve never needed antibiotics. I suspect I have a difficult time keeping my ducts cleared due to my oversupply problems. I’ve mostly got it under control but my breasts seem to be pretty sensitive.

    Of course, I definitely need more rest, as well.

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