I had my three kids naturally. I’m not boasting, it was not at all part of my birthing plan but alas every time I make a plan – it fails!
Point is: I would easily give birth three times over than go through what I did with mastitis.
Three months into having baby, I came down with a high fever of 40 degrees yet my body was freezing. Hubby had to give me four blankets because I felt so cold and my body started shivering uncontrollably. I had red streaks on my chest that looked as though I had been burnt with an iron rod and breast feeding made me vomit with pain.
I cried when I left my bed to go and see the GP, because of the cold. My skin was glacial and I was shaking excessively. Every cell in my body was in pain, I couldn’t think straight and I thought my breasts would implode. There was no way I was going to be able to breast feed ever again.
The GP was lovely and very sympathetic as she sat me down and kindly explained that she would give me antibiotics that would allow me to carry on feeding baby.
‘WHAT?!’ I cried, the tears flooding my face at the thought. My chest was lumpy, hard to the touch, painful, and extremely swollen.
I wept as she explained that frequent emptying of the breast prevents engorgement and clogged ducts that can only make mastitis worse.
Over the course of the week, what I found worked the best was…..drum roll… potatoes and cabbage!
Then after a few days, the pain left and I was back to my usual self. I just felt relieved that I had gotten through it!