Thursday, July 23, 2009

Where I Just Want to Lie Down and Sleep the Pain Away

Sorry I haven't updated in a while. It's been a busy past 2 weeks; what with preparations for my brother's engagement ceremony, Daria turning 2 months old, me starting work again.

To top this off, I contracted mastitis. I can't tell you how painful it is but if I had to describe it, it would be like labor pains for the breast. It felt like someone took a razor to my breast and sliced it open then poured salt water all over it. Yeah, breastfeeding is such a joy. Especially when every suckle Daria takes, feels like she's drawing blood from the nipple. It was so bad, I had a 102 degree fever, complete with chills and aching joints. To add to the agony was the hacking cough I contracted from the girls. For 3 days it was like *cough* *cough* *cough* *silent scream and clutch breast*.

The doctor was sympathetic, seeing how she too had previously suffered from mastitis. She tried massaging my breast to let the milk out and it took every ounce of strength in me to stop myself from knocking her down. She gave me antibiotics and 2 days of MC. She told me to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and to breastfeed/pump as often as possible to prevent more blockage in my breast. Friends have been advising me to use cabbage leaves or hot cloths to relieve the pain. I haven't tried the cabbage solution but hot cloths and hot showers have helped somewhat.

Other than that, things have been peachy. Heh!


Aunt Juicebox said...

Oh you poor thing!! I can only imagine.

Yan said...

Can't remember what i used to call u b4, Along or K.along???? hehehe..anyways! am enjoying reading ur blog - esp cos of the whole pregnancy + baby stuff yg dekat2 sama time..hehehe..menarik! oh and congratulations on the arrival of gorgeous baby Daria!

btw been dreading mastitis! selalu paranoid bile rase cam pins n needles on my boobies...ok, going back to ur older hooked now..ehehe...

Real Woman said...

hi along..patut la lama tak update blog! anyway..i tak sempat nak merasa pengalaman ni coz milk takde..huhuhu..sempat sebulan je. take care and get well soon!


OUCH! sangat sakit!! i had it too when i was with zara. try pakai nipple shield when breastfeeding or pumping. it helped me a lot.