Side effects may be the same as for a plugged duct, plus:
* Expressed milk may look lumpy, clumpy, "gelatin-like" or stringy. This milk is fine for baby, but some moms prefer to strain the "lumps" out. * Milk may take on a saltier taste due to increased sodium and chloride content - some babies may resist/refuse the breast due to this temporary change. * Milk may occasionally contain mucus, pus or blood.
I have mastitis too atm, pus/blood/milk coming out a wound in the side. I asked doc what about continuing to bf as nipple appears to be producing milk only. They said you wouldn't want the baby to drink the mastitis bugs but otherwise ok, especially as the sample of pus gunk they sent to the lab hadn't grown a culture (antibiotics must be doing their job). So, if no ill effects in baby so far, I'd say don't worry.
Lexi that sounds grim Poor you. According to all the reputable websites it is perefectly safe for babies to continue feeding as any bugs get killed by the stomach acids. THink its different if you have an abccess thoug.