Golly gosh! It's almost a month and I haven't posted here. And that's cos not much has been happening in a design sense. I've had what all breastfeeding mothers fear: mastitis. This has to be one of the most awful experiences I've gone through (worse than divorce) and I don't wish it on anyone.
Went down to W hospital as I felt
so sick. Sore engorged boob and the chills but they didn't particularly
take me seriously. I didn't have a temperature but surely they would
help? One nurse asked me, 'What do they normally do for this kinda
thing? Panadol?' Ummm, well, that's why I'm here. I want YOU to tell ME
what I should be doing. Anyway, I finally saw a young doctor who
admitted he had no experience with this, gave me antibiotics (telling me
to do something different to what the medication suggested) and sent me
Two days later and it had become a hell of a lot
worse... red hot inflamed boob, nausea, unable to get out of bed and
unable to pump said boob. My baby also had decided she didn't want to
feed from it or even my other boob and I was getting desperate. I
finally rang Health Direct (I can only ever praise this service) and was
told to go to hospital immediately and pretty much check-in. Which I
did - although I chose a different hospital this time. I checked in for 2
days of a 'holiday' I like to put it...
Yes, I was in a
lot of pain (nothing a few Panadeine Fortes couldn't fix) and had to
express every 4 hours but to lay in bed all that time without little
people demanding from mw, being able to nap and read my book and then
have someone show up with food every so often (albeit hospital food) was
lovely. I rested and slowly got better.
From this the
decision was made to wean Xanthe. She is a strapping large baby anyway
and I feel that 21 weeks breastfeeding is bloody good going. She is
definitely happy enough and although I had those maternal tugs that I am
not feeding her myself, it's all going too damn smoothly to worry
about. Someone else can feed her too - I can do more things!