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    Default BF and ongoing breast pain?

    DS is four weeks old tomorrow and exclusively BF. His attachment is correct and he is gaining weight really well, but my breasts are still pretty darn sore. The moment of attachment makes me flinch hard and screw my eyes closed for about half a dozen sucks (sometimes painful throughout the whole feed but not always) and between feeds I have this shooting/burning sensation around my whole breasts and feel almost nauseous when I touch my nipples. I feel otherwise well so don't think it's mastitis, but do you think it sounds like a fungal infection? DS hasn't got any white coating in his mouth or spots around his bottom, but my breasts are sure sore!

    Has anyone had breast pain go on this long when attachment is correct?

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    Default BF and ongoing breast pain?

    Sounds fungal.
    Get daktarin oral gel and use it on your nipples. No need to wash before bub feeds. Use it after every feed.
    If using breast pads make sure you change them regularly as the warm
    Environment is prime breeding ground for fungus

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    Default BF and ongoing breast pain?

    Btw thrush can cause the pain at start of feeds, but it's the shooting pain in between feeds that makes me think thrush, unless this is at letdown.

    Using the gel won't hurt anyway, and if it helps, then excellent. )

    If you use clotrimazole cream you will need to wash your nipples before feeding again. The gel makes it much easier.

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    Default BF and ongoing breast pain?

    I would see a doctor and/or call the breasfeeding helpline

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    Sounds like thrush to me, like someone else said you will need daktarin for your nipples and for bubs mouth.
    Ask your chemist.

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    i had this - it was thrush on the nipple and DD had oral thrush

    get both checked and treated

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    I had lots of bf pains when I started. I used daktarin oral gel on my nipples for weeks and always slept with boobs out to air them. There is still unknown causes of bf pain - it might be undiagnosed thrush, it could be an infection, it could be milk blisters which might not be visible or it could be something else. Unfortunately there is no universal magic day/week when everything falls into place and there is no more pain but it DOES get easier and the pain DOES lessen over time. You may still be getting the initial attachment pain which I know for me was at times as bad as when I was giving birth. I also had all sorts of weird and freaky pains going on between feeds. For some of us bf'ing is very painful and challenging in the beginning. I think I will always be jealous of women who simply put baby to boob and off they went.

    So, my advice would be to get some daktarin oral gel and use it religiously. (It says that it's only from 6 months but that's only because it's regarded as a chocking hazard for babies but you're going to be putting it on your boob, not giving bubs spoonfuls.) Take every feed at a time, so your goal is to get through the next feed, that is all. See an LC over a GP if you want professional advice.

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    Default BF and ongoing breast pain?

    Thanks everyone, I'm glad to hear it's not normal because I'm not enjoying BF much right now. Can you get daktarin gel over the counter at a pharmacy or does it need a drs prescription?

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    have you heard of raynauds syndrome? a friend had this in her breasts/nipples and that caused excruciating pain.

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...13/4/e360.full

    Found the above article which explains it a bit more for you.
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    I had all sorts of issues and pain when I started to breastfeed. I ended up seeing a breast surgeon/specialist and she put me at ease and said it was "normal" for me, and that there was nothing medically wrong. It was just my body adjusting to b/feeding. I saw a lactation consultant for a few weeks and she sorted out both bub and I so that attachment was correct. It was hard/painful/scary, but I wanted to continue and soon my body adjusted and it all fell into place and became easy.
    I would suggest seeing a gp/lactation consultant/breast dr to find out exactly what it is and sort it out for you.
    Good luck. It does get easier.


 

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