I don't know if I have any male readers out there, but if there are any you might want to skip this post. It's not really the kind of think that men enjoy hearing about.
With that said, women I need some insight and advice. I spent most of the day on the couch because I got mastitis for the 2nd time. For those of you that don't know what mastitis is it's a bre*st infection that women can get when they are bre*stfeeding. Let me just tell you it's NOT fun! Last time I got it I was miserable for 4 days. It wasn't nearly as bad this time but I had all the symptoms that are listed on the link and I have done nothing but sleep and lay around and pray that Jericho would sleep longer than her usual 1 hour during naps.
I don't understand why I keep getting it. I'm eating healthier than I ever have before, I've been taking acidophilus since the last time I got mastitis, and I haven't done any of the things that say could cause repeated episodes. (there is a list on the link) It does mention that it could be from the mom's immune system being run down, acidophilus helps keep your immune system boosted, and I've always been a pretty healthy person. I can't remember the last time I've been sick, not including the mastitis, it was sometime before Seth and I were married. The other things it says could cause mastitis is being fatigued and/or stressed. I have to tell you that this is the least amount of stress that I have had in our 3 years of marriage and I don't feel fatigued, I usually get 8 hours of sleep at night. We do have times that we get very busy (who doesn't) but I'm pretty good about taking it easy after weeks like that. I did have to have a lump removed on the side (it's been in the same spot both times) that has been giving me problems a few months before I got pregnant for Jericho. I'm wondering if this is what is causing the milk to get plugged.
So ladies, what do you think? What do I do? Jericho is only 3 months old and I really don't want to be going through this every couple months. Got any advice? Do you think it's because of the surgery or something else? Hopefully it won't be a problem again but I'll take any advice I can get it if will keep me from getting mastitis again.
For any men that continued to read, I told you that you probably wouldn't enjoy it. Maybe next time you won't be so nosey!