I hope you've seen the doctor. mastitis can be serious. I had it. Although it's a little painful, continue to bf, it won't hurt the baby at all, but it will help you. without bf-ing, those plugged milk ducts can just become worse. Also, and i know it sounds weird and gross, but it REALLY WORKS...get a head of cabbage, rinse off the leaves in the sink, and freeze them. use one frozen leaf on the breast (or both). Use an old bra you can throw away. Do this for about a day or two, until the pain goes away or you just feel better. Both my obgyn and my lacatation consultant recommended this, and though it's stinky, it made me feel so much better. The cabbage has anti-inflamatory properties.
at 9:52 AM on Feb. 9, 2011