I am glad my Ry-guy is healthy because that has not been the case for me. For any of the breast feeding mom's out there, be sure to get any signs of mastitis checked out right away. I write about this in attempt to get more awareness out there of this infection.
I believe my case started a little over two weeks ago. I was at the doctor already for my last check up and the doctor saw the redness on my breast. She did not seem concerned so I wasn't. A few days later I called the advice nurse because it wasn't getting better and there was a large lump. The common question is always "do you have a fever?" In my case, the answer was no. When I told the nurse about the lump and the BRIGHT RED spot, she got me an appointment the next day. I went to the appointment, received the antibiotic and continued with the usual suggestions for treatment- warm compresses, rest and nursing as much as possible. After a few more days, my symptoms were the same, if not worse. I have always thought that antibiotics should work within 24-48 hours... not happening. I called the advice nurse again. This advice nurse that I spoke with was not concerned and said to call back if things got worse...
A few days later the doctor that delivered Ry-guy called to check in... she asked how I was (she probably wishes she hadn't!) and I told her the story. She got me an appointment for an ultrasound THAT DAY to have it checked out. WHEW... finally, someone else who was thinking this huge lump and red sore were not a good thing... When I got to the appointment, I regretted immediately that I didn't bring someone with me. The whole process was pretty scary- after they did an ultrasound, they did an aspiration (drained) the now LARGE abscess. It was pretty painful (in my opinion) and I was bummed that I had let this go so far. The nurse (she was so sweet) assured me there was nothing I did to have this happen... it just does.
So after the aspiration, my doctor called again and had me come to see her to check on the spot... after seeing me she wanted me to see a surgeon to see about possible removal of the lump... AAAHHHH... was all I could think. Two appointments (with a rather good looking surgeon) later, we discovered that the antibiotics were beginning to work and surgery wasn't necessary- for now. WHEW. After a roller coaster of emotions I can only hope it continues to get better!
Any new mom's out there, make sure to take care of yourselves. I was so happy it was me and not Ry-guy with the issue, but I should have taken better care of getting into the doctor when the antibiotic wasn't working.
He is getting SO BIG! 2 months and 12 pounds! (couldn't be the chubby cheeks?)