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    Default So sore - what do I do?!?

    My left breast is so sore all down the left side, and feels quite hard/lumpy. I have had this before on the right side and it cleared up pretty quickly with frequent feeding to drain it properly. The problem is that it hurts soooo much when DS attaches to my left side at the moment. I can't see any cracks, etc so I don't know if it connected to the breast soreness or is a separate issue with the nipple. I know I need to feed frequently to help with the blockage. But dont know if I can stand the pain. What should I do?!?

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    Probably mastitis I've had it about five times you have to see a dr. If you don't treat it your milk ducts can become infected

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    Can you massage it in the warm shower to get things moving? Or put a warm heat pack on it, and the try to massage?

    If the nipple - have you tried the lanisol cream for the pain?

    Hope it doesn't get too bad and you don't need the dr

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    I put a heat pack on for a few mins before bubs last feed and tried to massage while he was feeding (and afterwards). I think it aggravated it as now it's so sore and achy - I am using an ice pack now to help. I do have some lansinoh somewhere so will try to find it. Haven't needed it since DS was a newborn (now 9 weeks)

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    Default So sore - what do I do?!?

    I agree with all the advice already given.

    See a dr for sure!

    In the meantime;

    Warm pack prior to feeding and whenever not feeding.

    Massage - with heat pack or warm water in shower

    lansinoh on nipple at any opportunity

    Try different feeding positions, if you can find a way to have bubs chin towards the blockage this helps drain in quicker - when I had this I ended up on all fours over DS with his head pointed towards my knees - top to tail so to speak.

    If you have a breast pump try expressing for short periods between feeds as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriselby View Post
    Probably mastitis I've had it about five times you have to see a dr. If you don't treat it your milk ducts can become infected
    I don't have a fever or anything so hopefully not mastitis.... I know it could turn into that though - hoping not!

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    Default So sore - what do I do?!?

    Great advice from previous posters

    Another idea is to try some iboprofen (spelling?). It helps with pain and inflammation. It's safe to take when breastfeeding. My middy recommended I take some when my milk came in and when I felt full and sore.

    I hope it settles soon for you xo

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    Def go to the dr in the morning to catch anything before it becomes much worse

    xx

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    Thanks for the advice - I had cracked, bleeding nipples due to poor attachment when DS was born but that pain was nothing compared to trying to feed at the moment! Will keep up with heat, lansinoh, changing positions, massage and expressing and see how I feel in the morning! Some pain relief might also be in order i think.

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    Can you try and buy a nipple shield for a bit of relief?
    I agree with pp about lansinoh and warm shower/ heat pack


 

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