I conceived after twelve years of my marriage, and both, me and my husband were very happy with the positive at home pregnancy test. I felt complete. For the first 15 days, I was very active, going to my job and completing all my housework with ease. However, on the 16th day, I saw a red discharge, and was put on bed rest until my scan. On the second scan, the doctor discovered that I had a fibroid, and I was put on house arrest for the next nine months. I gave birth to a healthy boy through C- section. 15 days after delivery, I was diagnosed with mastitis, with 7 cm deep pus. Though my gynaecologist was able to remove the pus via injection, I had to go for many sittings and take an endless amount of antibiotics. One of the main scare factors for me was having to be operated, because from what I had heard, the mastitis operation is said to be much even more painful than childbirth. I soon realised that the pain was the secondary, as I had to be hospitalised for few days and was not willing to keep my baby away from me. Due to the mastitis, I could only feed my baby with one breast, and had to start feeding him formula, which I didn’t want to do. I wish someone told me to invest in a good breast pump and pump out the excess milk. I wish someone told me that the first three months are very difficult and that you initially tend to get depressed. I was crying, sometimes for no reason, and at times, all it took was to see my husband, and I would burst into tears. Thank God, I had a very supportive husband and a lovely family beside me, through the way. Especially my sisters, who were my pillars of strength. Now, I always tell a pregnant women that all these things are normal, and to talk to someone during this phase.I never felt ashamed or embarrassed in saying that I had mastitis. In fact, I want girls should to know that these things happen during breastfeeding, and you should run to the gynaecologist, immediately, if you feel a lump in your breast.
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