• http://aarin.blogspot.com Mama without instructions

    Take care of yourself! The best advice I got about mastitis was to drink a ton of water, like more water than you think possible for a few days. I found this particularly useful when I just felt and early twinge coming on, not at the full-blown infection stage. Get better and focus on bigger priorities than the masthead!

  • http://www.moystoys.com sex toys

    And thanks to your tweet about mastitis I’ve learned another new thing about the joy of pregnancy and having children. I swear another 10 years till I consider kids.

  • Jane D

    Hopefully you’ve recovered by now, but if you have a pump, I found it helpful to pump after the baby was done nursing, to make sure I had drained the breast completely, that really seemed to help in avoiding infections. Also, warm showers on the boobs (which you probably already know). And the pumping seemed to hurt less than actual nursing when an infection hit. For what it’s worth, that is what worked for me any time there was even a hint of blockage. Hang in there! Two kids is a handful, but you’re one of the supermoms, you can do it.

  • Jill

    I hear you… as the Undisputed Queen of Mastitis (5 times with the first kid and at least twice with each of the remaining 3), I have now become an expert in something I never knew it was possible to be expert about. That’s the thanks I get for an abundant milk supply…

    So – here’s the expert’s advice:
    1. change feeding positions regularly (to ensure she empties each corner of each breast);
    2. at the first sign of a sore area or lump, feed off that breast first and lay on hot cloths (as hot as you can stand) as soon as she starts feeding, and through the let down;
    3. if there is still a lumpiness after the feed try and massage/hand express over that area to ensure there’s still no blockage there (although the lump won’t go entirely as it’s also casued by inflammation);
    4. sleep bra-less at night;
    5. make sure your bras are fitting well, with no areas that cut into the breast when the breast is full;
    6. and if all else fails and you feel a temp coming on, call your doctor straight away. Don’t wait thinking it will get better by itself. Like I did… on about, oh, the 9th or 10th time round… and ended up having to hand-express pus out my boob. Disgusting, and bloody freaking painful. But better than the surgical incision my friend needed.

    Get better!! And BTW, that baby of yours is … oh my goodness… SO edible. :-)

  • cattitude

    So sorry to hear about the mastitis, that sounds horrible!! I hope you feel 100% soon and that it doesn’t hurt your nursing schedule too much.

  • docinfrance

    So, I guess if I happen to ask when you’re planning the third child I could get shot? Joking, really…

    I too am having phantom pains for you. I had mastitis with all three of mine and yes, suicide was high on the list of alternate treatments. It did get better, though. And God, what relief when it did!

    Screw the masthead haters. I personally think having an ‘outdated’ masthead adds to the charm of your blog and reminds us with kids the joys of trying to find time for it all in the early days.

  • http://www.johnnydrums.com Johnny

    Heather, do keep taking the probiotics–you don’t want to risk a yeast overgrowth. My wife’s been fighting that nightmare for a couple years.

  • http://thereitis-thisisit.blogspot.com/ Erin

    I have been so impressed that you are actually posting at all I haven’t had time to worry about a masthead! I am pretty sure the person who has email to complain must not read your column on a regular basis….and if they do they should stop; cuz it is waaaaay to smart for them.

  • ma2one

    Please forget the masthead, work on getting better!
    Hire yourself a Postpartum Doula to take care of you and the family!

  • CT in NYC

    Yup, had it too. The antib’s will knock it down quick. Nurse like crazy on that breast to relieve it. Warm showers help with the pain. I’m sure others have said as much as well.

    Looking forward to the birth story!!

    Be well.

  • Page

    wow, you make this whole pregnancy thing sound GREAT to my 26 yr old single self!!! I hope you are back up to full smarminess capacity soon!

    Cheers <3

  • jo

    Ok, so I utterly failed to notice that the masthead hadn’t changed. I’ve not got the “pregnant/just had a baby” excuse so i think my failure to notice just makes me a bit rubbish. or normal. it’s very hard to say.

    Take your own sweet time. Everyone with half a brain knows you have much more important things to deal with.

  • http://myillusion.org Amanda

    I used to run a big website; one aspect of it was a different graphic or wallpaper for each month, and I still remember reeling from the horrible emails I would get when it wasn’t updated to all those strangers’ specific standards. It sucked, and I would usually just not check my email for long periods of time. ;)

    So sorry to hear of the infection, and hope you continue to feel better! Keep choking down that yogurt, too…anything’s better than thrush. Blech.

  • http://myriad-of-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Lynn

    I never even noticed there was a date. Totally get the quasi Courtney Love look – I thought it was funny!

    It is great reading about the updates on your family and hope you are better soon!

  • Ashley Gilbert

    Awww I know exactly how you feel, Heather. My little girl is 5 months old now, but for the first month and a half of her life, I had 5 infections back to back…ALL with fevers of 102 or more and the chills and not to mention the PAIN was unbearable, and I had a NATURAL birth the first time. I was so SICK of pain by that time, that I was going to give up nursing altogether.

    Good luck, remember that where the babys chin is, is where the most suction comes out. I was lumpy all over, so I had my little baby nursing in all kinds of positions. I’ve gotten quite good at nursing upside down too. It’s a dirty job, but someones gotta do it, and it aint gonna be Daddy because he won’t be sprouting boobs anytime soon!!

  • http://www.justchangingbags.co.uk/ Changing Bags

    Hi, I was about to email you, but then I thought everybody else would be just doing the same thing- so I didn’t. Good thing I didn’t cos if you’re tired then that’s that last thing you need – someone one cramming up your inbox with wining! It’s about time you get some sleep woman! (he he..) I’m prayin for ya :)

  • http://www.thebrightsideproject.com Miss B

    Sheesh, I didn’t realize it was July until you pointed it out and I have no excuse–no babies, no bacteria in my milk ducts, no thrush and no angry blog readers to blame–but you can always blame my parents.

    I just read your book and enjoyed it immensely but now I will never procreate–thank you.

  • http://www.everydayisanoccasion.blogspot.com Deborah

    Ouch! I remember it well. And to top it off the baby still needs to nurse. So glad the antibiotics are working for you and don’t worry about the blog. Your fellow moms understand.
    I remember our Pediatrician’s Nurse Practitioner/Lactation consultant prescribing a triple cream for my boobs. Safe for the baby and no thrush. (Very soothing too.) Ask for it, it’s a wonder drug.

  • Anonymous

    Try Utah Doula Association hotline at 1-888-838-1456 to find a doula near you.

  • http://www.notoldjustseasoned.blogspot.com Plano Mom

    Just strike out June 2009 and put in “July, DAMMIT.” Been there on mastitis. I’ve never understood how something in your BOOB can make you feel so much like death is imminent. Hang in there, get better, enjoy your kids, and tell the rest of us to buzz off.

  • Amy

    I had mastitis at least 3 times while I was nursing my boys. It hit harder and faster each time. I feel your pain

    my lactation consultant advised me to take lecithin to help prevent it. They’re enormous pills, and you have to take 6 of them a day, but it’s better than the mastitis. You can find it at most health food stores

    feel better soon

  • http://www.nittanylion95.blogspot.com/ Angela

    Heather, get your rest and screw the masthead haters. Your baby needs you well. I only experienced a blocked duct and that was awful…I can only imagine what you’re feeling.

    I think we can survive the enitre month without a new masthead, actually…the fact that you’re already blogging just days/weeks after birth is amazing…

  • Lanie

    This is a post at the 98th percentile, at least. I hate to imply that being in extremis propels you to dizzying heights of wit, you poor thing, but seriously well done.

  • Kim

    The words “ground glass” usually pretty much mean that not only do you have mastitis but also an intraductal yeast infection. It’s kind of a pathognomic description. See the practitioner of your choice but this does not go away without treatment. Whether you choose gentian violet/fluconazole/APNC (see Dr. Jack Newman’s handouts for breastfeeding) or any of the other remedies available, you will feel much better once properly diagnosed and treated.

  • http://keeponsmyelin.blogspot.com/ Keep On S’myelin!

    Hope you feel better soon.

    I had a very mild case and caught it before it got too bad. I remember someone telling me that massaging your boobs in the shower to open the milk ducts would help. Then they went on to say “or you’re husband could do it for you”.

    Um, ya, that’s totally what I was thinking too. How did they guess that my painful breasts that felt like they had pins and needles piercing them every second while my shirt rubbed against my nipples like a razor blade needed more touching. Let me get right on that because that was totally what I was in the mood for…some good ol’ lovin. Let’s get it on!

    “Oh, dear?”


    Buffet is only open for one. No 2 for 1 deals here!

    Closed until further notice!

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  • Kay

    In my corporate world, new moms get three months paid leave. While I’m thinking that wouldn’t be great for the ad revenues, a few weeks off doesn’t seem too unreasonable … even if your income suffered a bit. So take it — you could always redirect to Jon for a few weeks. (I know he deserves a break too, but he doesn’t have leaking, infected boobs.)Another thought: Let’s see Leta’s writing chops — I’d love to read her unfiltered thoughts on baby Marlo! :-O

    Also, my “reCAPTCH” words are hyman and restate. Spelling aside, your woes sorta make me want to restate the importance of maintaining one’s hymen for as long as possible. ;-)

  • Stephanie

    Sending good vibes your way, mastitis is awful. Hope you’re better soon.

  • http://www.MotherhoodinNYC.com Marinka

    I think that this is your only masthead that I haven’t loved. But only because the lipstick is too “Grey Gardens” for me.

  • Jenni

    Oh, ugh. Not fun (mastitis ruined this year’s Super Bowl for me. Those Budweiser ads with the horses? Very trippy.).

  • http://www.babeinbabeland.blogspot.com/ Babe in Babeland

    Hi Heather!

    I’m a first-time commenter of your blog. I think you are hilarious! And I’m glad to see someone with a sense of humor writing about motherhood. I think your masthead is great! When I was 9 months pregnant (and the babe had no intention of gracing me with her presence any time soon), I decided to have a little fun with photos. It was Halloween, after all, and so I used my pregnant belly as a beer belly, put a cigarette (or was it a one-hitter?) in my mouth and pretended to down Kahluah (that was all we had in our apartment at the time). It made for a funny photo, and it’s not like it harmed the babe in any way. So, I say kudos to you! Your masthead looks great. And you look beautiful.

    Sorry to hear about mastitis. I’ve had clogged milk ducts before, and that’s a total bitch, so I can only imagine…I’m wishing you a speedy recovery and no more infected boobs for the rest of your nursing.

    Congrats to you and your family!!


  • Pink Lady

    All I can think is OUCH! I hope you feel better and soon!

    People actually care that your masthead has not changed? I’m impressed you’ve been able to post at all given the fact that you gave birth less than a month ago.

  • Jen B

    Are you using a triple nipple cream? (Sorry, don’t have time to peruse all 140+ comments to see if someone else already suggested it!). You can google “Dr. Newman’s Nipple Cream”, or “Triple Niple Ointment”. The ingredients are Muprirocin (antibiotic), Betamethasone (anti-inflammatory), and Miconazole or Nystatin (antifungal).

    It is completely safe to use with breastfeeding, doesn’t need washed off even if Marlo is back on the breast within a second of applying it. A small amount is applied to the nipple after every nursing session, and should help keep thrush away! Have your doctor order if for you if you aren’t already using it. It can help lots with painful latch/sore nipples as well. Email me if you need more info-hope you feel better soon!!

  • Any Mouse

    My sympathy on mastitis. I’ve only had clogged milk ducts (most recent last week) and even facing into a mild breeze with one of those things hurts. I can’t imagine full-blown mastitis.

    I hope you feel better soon, heal well and there are no complications.

    Take care of yourself.

  • Kimberly

    Love your blog. Love your sarcasm. Keep it up. Thanks for making my day with the Zac Efron comment. LOLZ!

  • http://www.aussiechic.com aussiechic

    OH I had this – except mine were blocked ducts – you can fix this – PUMP PUMP PUMP – seriously – and massage and put heat on them – I tell you I had this and I went on the internet and a bunch of mums said to get a pump and pump those breasts to clear the duct – and they were right!!!! I swear I was a pumping fiend for about 2 days – and it went away – bloody awful pain. Terrible. Put hot compresses on your boobs too and also massage them gently – oh you poor thing – I got this a couple of times during my breast feeding days!!!!!

  • http://www.texasheiss.blogspot.com Amy H

    I had 2 of those with my first child and 3 with my second. The first time is always the hardest. I feel your pain, literally.

    Hang in there and get rest. My doctor prescribes 3 full days of bedrest after mastitis kicks in. And nurse through the pain, it is really the only way to get rid of it.

  • MikiG

    If you get tired of yogurt, try a capsule form of probiotic called “Culturelle” – you can get it at any pharmacy. I took it all throughout my pregnancy (I have a one month old) and even take it now while I’m breastfeeding.

    Hang in there and keep writing – reading your blog helps keep me sane. :) Good luck!

  • http://wackymummy.blogspot.com WackyMummy

    I really hope you get better soon. I had a minor case of that early on… and I can’t even imagine what you’re going through.

    About your masthead… some suggestions I have:

    1. It’s great as it is. Full of sarcasm and irony and whatever. Obviously if people are reading your blog they’ll see it.
    2. Your site is one of my favorites to visit because it’s not cluttered with so many different things. You know, where it’s like you’ve gone into a TGIFs and all the noise and music and color and people with the buttons all over their clothes are all coming at you at once and you want to just turn and run? Well, your blog’s not like that. Don’t worry about it.

    Just get better. =)

  • http://www.grafficgeorgiamom.blogspot.com Andee

    I personally love the masthead and think you should keep it forever. :-)

    I had mastitis with my second and you are right, it TOTALLY SUCKS. Cold packs and frozen peas work, but the best thing is to keep feeding Marlo on that side so she can bust through the blockage.

    Hope you get better soon!

  • http://www.shuttercal.com/calendar/mzelenka/ Miranda

    I seriously think I love you. lol That last comment… FABULOUS! ;)

  • Connie

    Mastitis is no fun. Take care. After trying IV antiobiotics at home for a week with a 106 temp – I ended up back in the hospital. (with my son in my room). A doctor wanted to see what type of bateria was growing so – ready for this – with NO ANESTHESIA – he took about a 10″ long needle and pushed it into my very large, red, swollen with milk, infected breast to see if he could get some pus to grow a culture. It was the most pain I have ever experienced. EVER. Factor in that I have a very high tolerance for pain and you might begin to relate. My son is 24 years old now and the memory of that pain has not diminished.

  • Amber

    for those who asked, you nurse upside down by laying baby down and dangling (yes, for real) your boob over them. if baby is lying flat you should be facing their feet.

    feel better, heather!

  • Beth

    I had mastitis with my second child. Comes over you like a freight train. Then with my third I had Reynaulds syndrome with breastfeeding. All treatable with a little modern medicine. My youngest is now 2 1/2 and it’s all worth it. Occasionally I yearn for a fourth but since half the calendars in my home still say June I think I’ll just stick with three. So no worries on your mast head. Actually a little surprised that my 5yr olds daughter hasn’t recognized that her Disney Princess calendar is still sporting Belle. She usually is right on top of the Princess of month! Good luck with the new bambino & your family and keep breastfeeding, you’re helping to build those IQ points!

  • http://www.xanga.com/yourfavoritecynic Ray

    “Hmmm… I’m pretty sure the angels in heaven forgot to turn on the portion of his brain that recognizes sarcasm.”

    ^^Hahaha! That was a good one. ;o) I hope the infection goes away soon.

    Take, care.

  • Heather

    I had it too. Absolutely the most awful! Anyway, if your first antibiotics don’t kick it right away, get back to the doctor. My doc gave me a shot that worked (it seemed) almost immediately.

  • Carolyn

    Well, in retrospect and knowing that we’d probably be looking at the June masthead for an extra week or so, something more flattering might have been a good idea. To the humorless jerk who complained – get over yourself.

  • Lillian

    Oy! Do you think you’re the only woman who ever birthed a baby? And yet you find time to whine!

    All sarcasm aside, mastitis scores a 3,000 on the 1-10 it sucks scale. It amazes me that you’re able to ever post at all.

    And by the way, if you haven’t read comment 56 from Rosie, you need to do so. I’m still laughing picturing you on all 4s while you breast feed Marlo. If you try it, make sure you take pictures and put it up as your next masthead. Cigarette dangling from your lip and all.

    Hope you feel better!

  • http://www.brazilianbikinis.us Brazilian Swimwear

    Oh MY and I was finally ready to consider having my second child. :) I have a 2 1/2 year old and I guess I nearly forgot how painful certain parts of being a new mother were. Nothing was worse than cracking and bleeding from a very strong jawed baby boy! LOL. Thanks for the reminder. Now, I’m wondering if there is any merit to that “only child” syndrome.

    I guess I’ll just have to tell myself how fun the rest of it has been and push forward. I can’t imagine not giving my son a sibling.

    Great post and I hope you feel better!


  • bonnie

    Ah, so sorry about the mastitis! I had it off and on for both of my babes. Keep massaging those buffet-a-licious breasts of yours to keep things loose and flowing! Glad you are taking care of yourself. The light is always at the end of the tunnel. It will pass.