A few weeks after I got mastitis, the fever was back. This time my breast was red and painful and I knew what was going on. Immediately, I started pumping, massaging, and breastfeeding as frequently as possible. I decided to give it 1-2 days before starting an antibiotic because my fever was controlled with Ibuprofen and the redness wasn’t getting worse. After two days, I started feeling better and in a few more days, the mastitis resolved.
This approach is not for everyone and you should call your doctor right away if you have a fever to make sure that nothing else is going on. There are plenty of antibiotics that are safe to use during breastfeeding and to repeat antibiotic treatments. It’s a very tricky situation and but I don’t think anyone should be making medical decisions on whether to get treatment by reading something online. I would always ask the physician for advice.