When getting ready for the arrival of my first baby, mastitis was very low on my list of concerns. I might even go as far as saying it didn’t even have a spot on that list. As it turns out, it ended up being one of the more significant challenges I faced during my son’s first weeks, and I was woefully under-prepared. To put it simply, there are plenty of things I wish I knew about mastitis before I had it.
For me, it felt like a whopping case of the flu, complete with fatigue and body aches. The first time I was struck with it happened to also be the first full day I was to spend at home alone with my newborn. I know, kind of dramatic, right? My partner was headed back to work, and my mom, who’d been visiting us, had left the previous day. It was just me and my weak, infected body, trying to do the best I could for my son.
Thankfully, a phone call to my mom brought me back to life in the ways I needed, but still, I think I could have handled it a bit better had I been better prepared and more informed. Here's what I now know: