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    Default Help! Incredibly sore engorged left breast, trouble expressing, tried everything!

    Hi Ladies,

    I need your advise!

    On Tuesday bubs (DD1 - 9mo) was feeding like a machine she was up probably about 12 times Tuesday night feeding so on Wednesday she didnt feed much and my b00bs felt fuller and heavier.

    Well I thought it would sort itself out but I found me left breast getting fuller and fuller and starting to become sore like you can feel the milk ducts ( i guess thats they are) all engorged and lumpy and sore.

    Bubs wouldnt feed at all from left breast Wednesday night....she would only take right.

    I tried warm compresses, putting b00b in a bowl of warm water, pumping and hand expressing but the soreness and fullness is still there. I cant get much milk out when pumping but I seem to get a bit when hand expressing.

    Even this morning she wouldnt take the left one....only the right.

    I have had a warm shower with the shower head on my breast hand expressing and pumping but I just cant seem to releive the pressure.

    What do I do??????

    Will it resolve itself? Do I just keep trying her to latch?

    I dont feel sick or flu-y and I dont have red spots or patches on my breast. Its just so sore and full!

    Help

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    Default Help! Incredibly sore engorged left breast, trouble expressing, tried everything!

    I had similar last month with my 9 month old that quickly turned into mastitis.
    You just need to keep persisting with moving the blockage- if bub won't feed, keep up the heat beforehand and then massage and express. Use an electric toothbrush or other vibrating device on the breast to try and move the blockage. You can ice after a feed/ express to relieve the discomfort.
    And if it starts looking like it's turning into mastitis, make sure you get to your GP asap.

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    Default Help! Incredibly sore engorged left breast, trouble expressing, tried everything!

    I would keep hand expressing until your breast is soft enough for bubs to attach. I had the same issues when I came home from hospital after having my ds, my left breast was so engorged that ds couldn't attach. I called my midwife (who was visiting later that day) and that is what she told me to do.

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    Thanks Ladies!

    So how do I know if it becomes mastitis? Does it feel different or become more sore?

    I havent had mastitis or this problem before so not sure what to look for.

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    Default Help! Incredibly sore engorged left breast, trouble expressing, tried everything!

    Cold compresses and cabbage leaves!

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    Default Help! Incredibly sore engorged left breast, trouble expressing, tried everything!

    Your breast will feel hot to touch, may have redness and hard lumps. Keep an eye on your temp too. I would also get a headache everytime I had it.

    Keep your fluids up and keep hand expressing. If it doesn't ease by this afternoon, go see your gp.

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    reverse pressure massage can help relieve the fullness so that baby can latch or you can express.

    http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/moth...oft_cotterman/

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    Feed first on that side, hopefully that will clear it, it did for me over the weekend. The pain was completely gone in 24hrs, hot bath and heat packs helps. Good luck

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    Let me clarify, feed first on that side for the whole day!

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    Thanks everyone! It just sucks especially as I carry her on my left so she presses against my sore b00b. I will try your tips and cross fingers its gone by tomorrow!


 

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