Hi everyone, I was hoping someone could help. This is baby #4 and I bf all of them and this one too. Every single time at 2-3 weeks I get mastitis, fever, chills, and all. Every time I try my best to prevent it by doing what I'm supposed to, feeding regularly, not skipping etc. I also pump because usually I produce almost triple the milk the baby needs and I am always engorged and leak all over the place.
Right now, I am feeding every 2 hours around the clock. Sometimes she cluster feeds every hour then skips an hour and back on the every 2 hours. I am also pumping 2-3 times a day due to over production. I've got nearly a gallon of milk in the fridge in these 5 days of her life. It's great and all but I need to figure out how to manage it without getting mastitis.
Should I pump out just enough to relieve the overproduction from both sides? Pump til they're empty after she feeds? Pump a little before her feeding time and let her finish the rest? Just pump a couple times a day when I can't take the pain anymore?
I hope someone can help me avoid the mastitis this time and get help get this under control. I don't mind making stashes of bags to freeze for her cereal around 6 or so months old.
I was thinking though that she needs to drink that milk I pumped as it's gold and so good for her instead of saving it?? I don't plan to feed her from the bottle so much. I would like to just nurse her myself as the rule and bottle as the exception.