I just cannot shake the mastitis. My breast is staying relatively soft and is only a little lumpy. But I have a low-level fever that will not go away. Three different antibiotics haven't budged it, mega doses of vitamin c haven't worked, assorted immune-boosting pills haven't helped. I'm currently sitting around with cabbage leaves stuffed in my bra in the hope that old remedies prove the best.
I'm not sure what to do next. My doctor here has run out of antibiotics and interest – he wants to give me a pill to stop the lactation. My online research though suggests that the pill isn't always effective and can have nasty side-effects. I don't want to wean cold turkey anyway because it would be very stressful for both me and Petra, at a time when we don't need any extra stress. But I'm not sure how to go about weaning slowly while I still have mastitis. I fear that I'll get more clogged and more ill if I try to reduce Petra's breast milk intake.
Somewhere in my searches last night, I found a passing mention to weaning from one breast only. Now that's something I hadn't considered. It might work because I'm only infected in one breast and I produce enough milk that Petra would be well-fed from the other breast. If it did work, I could be rid of this everlasting fever without having to wean Petra. Of course, I'd still have to go through the how to wean from the infected breast without getting sicker conundrum.
I only need to last until we reach Vancouver in just over three weeks time. I have confidence in the various doctors and health practitioners I used to see there. But what to do in the meantime is the question.