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Old 03-11-08, 01:04 PM
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i have been on medication for mastitis for 2 days now. I am on a sulfer antibiotic because i cannot take penicillian. anyway, i was told to pump after each feeding because my doctor suspects that since i have so much milk (i can get 14+ ounces with a handpump) that I have more than Lola is taking, so she is leaving milk in my breasts and thus the mastitis.
well, i while i pumped yesterday i noticed a decrease in output. my infected breast (the left) which i normally get a good 8-9 ounces out of, only gave me 3! and my right breast gave me 3-4ounces.

Do you think it is the antibiotic? i tried researching it online, but i couldnt find anything about it. is this a normal side effect of mastitis? i was going to go buy an electric pump today, but i am wondering if my milk is drying up...dont want to go spend $300 for nothing. im so worried that my milk will stop.
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Old 03-11-08, 01:10 PM
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If you want to try an electric pump, you should call your hospital and see if they rent them. I rented Medela Lactina (even though I own a Medela Double Ease) when Char was born and had difficulty nursing. It is a top-notch machine and it usually rents for about $2-$4/day (usually a 10-day minimum).

See if that helps.
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Old 03-11-08, 01:11 PM
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I doubt it's the antibiotics. That doesn't decrease milk supply.
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Old 03-11-08, 03:55 PM
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As long as your nursing and pumping your supply should not dry up. Im not sure about the meds decreasing it or not. But If your already making too much pumping is only going to increase your supply more. Maybe that's why you have so much anyways becasue your pumping and nursing.
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Old 03-11-08, 04:03 PM
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I bet it's being rundown as a result of mastitis. I usually got less when feeling lousy. You won't lose your supply if you're still nursing, but maybe you should cut down on pumping to regulate your supply so you can feel better.
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