Is it possible to have a painful breast without it being mastitis?
I've battled with blocked ducts since I started breastfeeding 4 months ago. The lumps usually take 3-4 feeds (sometimes more) to clear and are usually back within a couple of hours, and no matter how hard and often I massage they just don't want to clear
But the last 3 nights DS has slept from his last feed (6PMish) to around 5AM so now my breast isn't getting that extra feed at 1AM to clear the ducts... Is it just my breast getting used to one less feed or am I developing mastitis? Ever since I woke up this morning it's been so painful
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08-02-2013 23:10 #1
09-02-2013 10:04 #2
Now the other side hurts during feeding??
14-02-2013 10:10 #3
Still blocked I have a very low supply (DS usually has a full bottle of formula afterwards) so after about 5 minutes, sometimes less he starts to fuss and scream because the flow isn't as fast as it was when he started, there's not much milk etc so when he keeps pulling off (I usually put him back on at least 3 times) I'll try express into his mouth as much as I can until he's had enough and then I switch sides. I've tried feeding often but he just gets too worked up when there's nothing there.
The pain has gone away but the lumps are still there. I went to my GP to double check that they were blocked ducts and not something else and she confirmed they were. The last LC I went to charged me $50 for half an hour and I still walked away with a poor latching baby
I really don't know what else to do!
Last edited by callmedragon22; 14-02-2013 at 10:13.
14-02-2013 10:35 #4
Oh, I've been mixed feeding since DS was 6 weeks old. He lost over 10% in hospital so I had to top him up with formula on my second last day in hospital so he could gain some weight. I then spent the next 3 weeks on motillium, fenugreek & blessed thistle, I hired a hospital grade pump and pumped whenever he was having a top up bottle and also an hour after every feed, then when he was 4 weeks old I felt I had built up a good supply and exclusively breastfed him. Wow did I have an unhappy baby he was feeding every 2 hours for an hour at a time, not sleeping, constantly cranky and at his 6 week check up he was back to his birth weight (lost over 400gm).
Sorry for the long story but yeah, I've tried everything I can possibly think of to build up my supply enough to be able to exclusively breastfeed but so far nothing has worked! If you have any tips I'd love to hear them
14-02-2013 10:39 #5Senior Member
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I am definitely no expert at all but sounds like you maybe having an issue as bubs is only drinking the foremilk and not the hind milk. This can cause lumps, pain and mastitis.
I would suggest if you have a pump (or by hand if you have to!) emptying each breast after feeding. Try to absolutely drain them. This will hopefully drain the hind milk (and you can keep it for bottles if the latching problems continue) and will also promote an increase in supply.
14-02-2013 14:49 #6Senior Member
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Missie mack as usual you are a wealth of information, and it doesn't sound like you have had an easy time if bfing yourself.
callmedragon, regarding the lc have you tried your local child health clinic? While I am not overly happy with the nurses I have seen of late, in the early days I was lucky enough to end up seeing their lc who as great. It is free and you should be able to ring and make an appointment with them.
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