Monday, September 05, 2005

Fever

After weeks of successful breastfeeding, I thought that I had the whole process down pat; sore nipples were a thing of the past and I seemed to have escaped all the potential problems I'd read about in Bestfeeding. But on Saturday night, my right boob was throbbing so much that I couldn't sleep during those 2-3 hours periods between feeds, and yesterday morning my joints ached as though I had 'flu or something. Feeding Baby on that side hurt like crazy; the needle-sharp pain was similar to that of a urinary tract infection.

I left two messages with the midwife, but by the time she returned my calls I'd already taken myself to the After Hours clinic. I had come down with mastitis. So now I'm on antibiotics, and the boy has opted to stay home today to look after me. Actually, I suspect the boy has stayed home with me because the plasma TV he bought yesterday has arrived, but I could be wrong.

Meanwhile, Baby celebrated the fact that both parents are home by refusing to go to sleep. From around 8am, she managed to follow feeding with pooing, burping and fussing, finally collapsing into a deep sleep at 2.30pm.

12 comments:

onscreen said...

I'm sorry, but I'm going to be a boy here and say who cares about you and baby, get the boy to post a detailed rundown of the plasma, please.

(just kidding)

EB said...

Ouch about the mastisis! Taking yourself to the clinic was very sensible.

I'm not sure whether I had mastisis or not. My GP didn't prescribe anything because it was more like plugged duct initially. When I got a fever I thought it was related to something else.

Seeing the pain become more intense between feeds, JB insisted I stop using the right side and try the breast pump which was surprisingly gentle and made me wonder how come the baby doesn't feed like this!

I hope the mastitis gets kicked in the teeth as apart from the pain, it was a drag going on one cylinder.

EB said...

JB had been going on about getting a plasma TV until a few months ago. Now I'll probably never hear the end of it :-).

E said...

Yowzah!!
After the first time, I could always feel it coming on and was usually able to (gently) massage the lumps away before they got nasty. Have you noticed baby getting more unsettled after feeding while you have Mastitis? Mine always did but I still don't know if it was my imagination...

Jon said...

Get better soon! I have no idea what that feels like, but it sounds unpleasant, to say the least.

As far as the last post is concerned, I would take your mom's food, but I don't think it'd be so fresh by the time it got here ;)

happyandblue2 said...

The pain you are having now that you have a child only lasts...well forever, tee,hee..

The Editter said...

she's still worth it, though, right?

she sounds feisty but adorable, but I'm sure it would be more fun for you without all the pain!

Violet said...

onscreen: For the boys out there, the plasma tv is a 42 inch Phillips model. It's possible to split the screen in two, or view in movie format. And it's silver. For real details, I really would have to get the boy to write the post...

eb: it does sound like mastitis, but you must've been able to sort it out without the drugs. Perhaps I should get one of those breast pumps too, since it's taking it's time going away. You kinda need a big room for a plasma tv - ours is a little too small for a 42 incher, I reckon.

e: yes! Baby has often been unsettled after feeds, except when she falls asleep right after feeding. Is it because the taste of the milk has changed due to the mastitis?

jon: It must be so much easier being a single guy and only having to worry about where the coolest eateries are...

happyandblue2: It must be so much easier being a guy...

the editter: I'm finding these first few weeks pretty hard going, but apparently it's par for the course until Baby starts getting more sociable - often when 'bonding' really gets going. I really hope I don't end up producing a Kevin just because I haven't experienced continuous joy right from the start. She makes me wonder whether I was like that myself at her age.

EB said...

I took aspirin when the fever came instead of going to the doc again which meant 24 hours of formula for JJT.

I must mention that it took three to four sessions of electrical simultaneous expressing of both breasts to produce the same amount of milk that JJT got in one session of nursing and it's extra work sterilzing everything.

Lansinoh helped my remaining feeding station hang in there doing thrice the work. It was something I wish I had at the start and wanted to get you but didn't know what the equivalent was for people allergic to it.

glomgold said...

Given the choice of mastitis or plasma TV I think the fellow probably is a bit distracted!

Violet said...

eb: it took that long to express, even with an electric pump? Geez, that's a little inconvenient...What's Lasinoh?

glomgold: the boy had very good reasons for getting the plasma tv of course - so that we could hang it on the wall above the reach of little hands. :-)

EB said...

Lansinoh is a brand of lotion made from lanolin which they claim is hypoallergenic. It helps the nipples by preventing dryness and promoting healing and doesn't need to be removed before nursing. Another brand is PureLan. Lansinoh can be found in a pharmacy, PureLan at the Baby Factory.