Heads up this is a birthing and breastfeeding post. You've been warned.
The past few days have been pretty rough physically and emotionally for me. Thursday late afternoon I noticed some tenderness in one of my breasts. I chalked it up to a plugged duct and made a mental note to use warm compresses after the kids went to bed.
By the time the kids went to bed I had quite a bit of pain. I had no noticeable lumps or hard swollen spots...just a bright red sort of rash. I was pretty sure I knew what that meant having experienced it in the past, but went ahead and did warm compresses and massage nonetheless. So. Utterly. Painful.
I went to bed with Tylenol and a headache...and a fever. Sweet Pea had her two month check up first thing the next morning and we all have the same doctor so I at least knew I'd get checked out soon. Each time I woke to nurse I started her on that side, but by morning it was excruciating.
The doctor confirmed my suspicions and gave me a five day antibiotic. I try to be REALLY careful about taking antibiotics as I think they are over prescribed and I also take very little medication in general, especially when I am pregnant or nursing. However, I was at the "caught it before you have to be hospitalized with an IV" stage. The drive home I started to get dizzy and sleepy.
**Sweet Pea weighs in at 9 lbs 12 oz and is 22.25 inches** That's all the nine week info I have. No pictures. Sorry.
I was on round the clock Tylenol for pain and started the antibiotic. Despite the medication I had a fever of 100.8 consistently and was miserable. The whole room was spinning and I could hardly walk. My entire body ached. If you could feel toenails, they would have hurt.
By Saturday morning I could get up and walk, but doing easy daily chores wiped me out and I still spent much of the day in bed. Sweet Pea continued to nurse well and as often as she always does...but I noticed by Saturday evening her output was down to almost nothing. Not good.
I don't know if it is the infection or the medication (which is making my stomach a mess) but my milk supply is pretty low. Just what I needed. I spent much of Sunday skin to skin and nursing every hour to two hours. I don't care what kind of a latch your baby has, nursing that often makes you sore. And the less milk I was making the less she was trying. Just falling asleep. So of course I pumped. I think I'd rather clean the dog pen than pump (I pump every morning regardless). I also started weighing all of her output.
Today I am feeling much better-can even wear her in my Moby without it being too painful. The antibiotic is still messing with my stomach/intestines (I am eating as much yogurt as I can stand. I hate yogurt but I know the probiotics are important right now) but other than that I feel ok. However, my supply still seems to be on the low end. Sweet Pea's output is getting better, and I am still keeping track till she seems back to normal.
I have to admit I am pretty mad about the whole thing. It really isn't fair. Yep, this is me ranting...but seriously it doesn't seem fair.
About 4:30 a room became available and by that time I knew I needed to get into a tub soon as labor was progressing quickly. I had to wait in my room for about 15 minutes to be checked again and for the tub to fill. Sweet Pea was born at 5:16 am. I have fairly quick labors.
I've completely switched my diet for her. I don't know what else to do. I am now (I typed "not" on accident earlier. I totally AM doing what I know I need to) drinking nasty tea and nursing or pumping every hour to two hours. I am tired and I am cranky.
I'm not writing this totally to vent. A little of the reason, but not totally. People treat breastfeeding like it is the most natural and easy thing ever. Well for some of us it isn't. I have struggled with four babies. If you are reading this and you struggle too you are NOT ALONE. I wanted to give up this morning so bad. #1, who used to think breastfeeding was very weird and totally did not support me with our first baby, is now my biggest cheerleader. He talked me off the ledge and I'm still going this afternoon.
Here are some resources that help me: Click on each to be re-directed to their websites. Don't be afraid to seek help from a certified lactation consultant either.
Another great source is http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enough-milk.html . I have to go now, someone is crying, again.