A few days ago I posted about a clogged duct. After 24 hours it seemed to clear and I was happy, but my nipple was cracked a little. Well yesterday I was out doing errands and all of a sudden started to feel bad...dizzy, headache, a little nauseated. By the time I got home I had chills, fever, and when I looked at my boob...HOLY SMOKES!!! Red streaking everywhere and red areas all around the areola. At least three separate red areas plus the streaking. Still my boob didn't hurt that much yet. Called OB and she called in antibiotics, but still feel pretty crappy. Better, but still crappy. NOW the boob hurts like hell to nurse on between the cracked nipple and the mastitis pain. I have been alternating pumping and nursing because I can't stand it to nurse every 2 hours on that side. The pumping hurts a little less since the nipple doesn't hurt with pumping. I did get a breast shield yesterday (before the mastitis set in...due to the cracked nipple) but it still hurts like hell to use it!
I have given LO occasional bottles (pumping to keep up) since this happens to correspond to her 3 week growth spurt...UGGHH! Right now I hate BFing!!! It was going so well until Monday, too. (Sigh!)