Bf has recently become painful on my right side. It started as a shooting pain which I initially thought was my 7mo being lazy at latching. After two weeks I'm still experiencing the discomfort and also have a rather enlarged and sore breast. I have massaged in the shower and while feeding and can't find any blocked ducts. It isn't what I would consider engorged, more swollen. Dd feeds up to (and sometimes over) 8 times a day. I thought it may be a supply and demand problem causing over production so I have been restricting freds from that side and trying to use feed only from the left breast. I don't know if this is the right thing to do but it's not working. I also have a small pimple type lump in my armpit. Is this all bf related or something more sinister.
Eta-it is significantly larger by about 2 cup sizes.
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10-12-2014 08:53 #1
Sore breast help
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10-12-2014 10:22 #2
Restricting feeds from that breast is not going to help potential mastitis. You need to feed to help clear any issues there. Some of what you describing sounds like mastitis but not entirely. I think your best bet is to see a GP first. You need to get that looked at. If you don't attend to mastitis in a timely manner, it can become an abscess that will need to be surgically drained. I'm not trying to scare you but you do need to have that looked at.
10-12-2014 11:10 #3
10-12-2014 13:04 #4
Thank you. My initial suspicions were nipple thrush or mastitis but show no other symptoms, so I continued to feed as normal but it just got worse. I haven't stopped feeding from that side completely but was reducing the number of feeds. Even after a full feed it seems to be enlarged and not much different in size. I'll start again and try to get into the Dr.
11-12-2014 11:43 #5
Have you got in to see the doc yet OP? How are going with it all? How are the feeds going on that side?
11-12-2014 12:03 #6
No not yet, don't flog me! I'm very tired (to the point where I probably shouldn't drive) and this was the last straw, so I've decided to express so dh can help out and give me a break. In the process I found a massive blocked duct deep in my breast. I literally had to stuck myself dry to find it. After three pumping sessions (just did the last one earlier) I've got rid of it, everything is great and the girls are back to normal. I will be keeping an eye on it though because I never want to experience mastitis or nipple thrush ever again. Thank you all so much for your advice.
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11-12-2014 14:23 #7
No worries. Just glad it's out. Keep an eye on those girls of yours. I suffered with recurrent mastitis to the point where I was medically advised to stop breastfeeding because my health could no longer bear the burden. If you ever have any further questions about the issue, feel free to inbox me.
Now make sure you start all feeds on that side for a while to build your supply back up. Or you will end up lopsided like I was!
12-12-2014 07:03 #8
There's definitely no supply issues! If I'm expresing how do I prevent becoming lopsided? :-O
12-12-2014 07:48 #9
Sore breast help
Just try to feed evenly and if you notice one side becoming larger, pump from the smaller side more and start every feed on the smaller side. I became lopsided through so many bouts of mastitis and my DS playing favorites. He often refused my right side so my left was the hard worker. I so miss bf'ing. I only just completely weaned last week (despite medical advice). Good luck and and enjoy the snugges.
Eta- I just noticed you said you are expressing. Sorry I'm so very sleepy at the moment. If you notice one side a bit smaller then the other then pump the crap out of that side first everytime until they are even. Xxx
12-12-2014 07:51 #10
Thanks. I've never really enjoyed it, just did it because I understood the benefits. Quite happy to pump even though it is time consuming.
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