6 months old and sore nipples

Christi - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have never had sore nipples when breastfeeding. Now mine are killing me. I can hardly stand feeding my 6 month old. I want to cry everytime something brushes against them. I took her to a check up today and the dr saw nothing so I don't think it is thrush. I also feel really full, but tried pumping and hardly got an ounce, What gives? Any suggestions?

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Andrea - posted on 07/27/2010

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I'm sorry, but I disagree with everyone - sounds like a blocked milk duct to me! Which yes, can lead to masitis - it happens for various reasons - google it to get all the info - but I get it often. Not sure why as I feed every 1-3 hours - but it still happens, sometimes it's just wearing a shirt that is too tight. Anyway, I normally get at least an oz per hour when I pump, but with a blocked milk duct, I get almost nothing - and the breasts are full (for the most part) and they HURT! Pumping is good, but nursing is better - yes it will hurt. But it will get WORSE if you wait longer in between feedings. I actually nurse in the shower, works every time - the baby does such a better job at unblocking it than a pump - but you gotta get it warm under the shower first. Then bring your baby right in the shower with you and have them nurse with the shower going - basically, the idea is to get the milk loosened up and flowing. Also, if you have something that looks like a pimple on your nipple, you may have a "milk blister" I had one, and basically I had to get it wet and soft, then almost pull at the skin a bit to "pop" it and once I did, the milk came flowing out - sorry if that was TMI! lol! - but anyway, check out this website, and good luck!

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/...

Rebecca - posted on 07/26/2010

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I had thrush on my nipples and my daughter had it in her throat so i could not see it when i looked in her mouth and my nipples did not look any different so it could be that. my daughters pediatrician gave me meds. for it but you can also call the ob/gyn.

Sammie - posted on 07/26/2010

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Could you be pregnant? Or i know for me personally, some months right before my period is due, my nipples kill me.

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Kayla - posted on 07/29/2010

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Hmm, maybe that's it for me too.... My baby does have the whitish film on his lips, i dont see any on his cheeks and its a little on hs tounge. I thought it was just from the milk though... n my nipples hurt so bad!! And today when i was in the shower when the water was spraying down onto my nipples i wanted to scream cuz it hurt soooo bad!!!! Do you ALWAYS have a vaginal yeast infection when you have it?? Is there a for sure way to tell if thats what it is WITHOUT going to the doctor???

Jessie - posted on 07/29/2010

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my nipples were pinker than normal they burned while nursing I wanted to cry when he was hungry because it hurt so badly. I originally thought he had developed a latch issue (he was only a few weeks old) and went to see the lactation consultant at the hospital. she called my sons doctor for me to get us some nystatin to put on my nipples and for his mouth/diaper rash. nystatin did NOTHING for us. Then his doctor gave us a triple cream for his butt. still didnt help me any and we couldnt get rid of it. I spoke to another doctor (my sons was out of town then) and she gave us another type of ointment for his bottom but that still didnt help me with my breasts. THEN I had my 6 week checkup with my obgyn and she gave me diflucan (which is the vaginal yeast infection med) and that in combination with everything else finally worked. I was boiling everything my breasts and his mouth came in contact with daily and replacing the parts I could (breast pump parts, pacifiers, bottles, etc.) using the cream/ointment on my sons bottom and using the gentian violet on my breasts.

Lara - posted on 07/29/2010

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Thank you for posting this! I am going thru something similar and was coming onto this post to get info from you guys. My 4mo daughter is exclusively breastfed but does occassionally take a bottle of expressed milk when I am out of the house for longer than 4 hours. However, in the past week I've noticed one of my nipples is very sensitive to touch, especially when she latches on. And when I go to pump, if I don't get my let-down reflex to activate, I get MAYBE an ounce from each breast. Ridiculous as both breast still feel full. Never experienced this before... but will be calling my lactation consultant to see what info she can provide on a possible blocked duct or why this might be happening. Thanks for reminding me I am never alone in this adventure!

Tracy - posted on 07/28/2010

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Have you tried nipple shields,these will help give the nipples a rest.I tried this with my 4th child,it did work for me.
Hope this helps....

Christi - posted on 07/27/2010

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I will try that. I don't know if its a clogged duct though.. I have a low supply as it is so I can't imagine getting blocked up. No fever. The LC did not bring that up. The lactation consultant called back and had me transfered to the OB to subscribe Newman's nipple cream. She said if it is thrush that will help it. If it doesn't clear up after a week she wants me to come in and check my latch and order a blood pregnancy test.

Racheal - posted on 07/27/2010

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it does not sound like trush, its sounds like you might have a mastis(spelling??) an infection in your milk duckts, do you have a low grade fever? thats a huge sign, also the reason you are not pumping a lot is because pumps do not excrete nearly as well as your baby does..they always get out a lot more!! just keep trying to pump if you cant nurse to save your supply!

Christi - posted on 07/27/2010

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I have breastfed during pregnancy and during periods and the pain has never been this bad so I doubt that is what it is. Idk though it could be.

Christi - posted on 07/27/2010

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I tried calling the family doctor and the pediatrician. Neither were any help. The family doctor said to call the pediatrician because if it was thrush the baby would show symptoms and the baby usually gives it to mom. The pediatrician said if she doesn't have white spots in her mouth it is probably not thrush and had me call the lactation consultant who I left a message for. I feel like everyone is just brushing me off and this is a BIG deal. Its so painful I am contemplating stopping. It is insane and I know it is not normal.

Christi - posted on 07/26/2010

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She has no sign of thrush, the symptoms for sounded like they could be it. My nipples aren't red though, just super sensitive and it burns when she nurses. What doctor would I call about it? Pediatrician, Family doctor or OB/GYN?

Jessie - posted on 07/26/2010

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I had yeast in my breast and my son had no signs in his mouth (he did have yeast infection in his diaper area however) it was absolute hell and took several different meds/creams/doctors/home remedies to get rid of the nasty stuff for both of us. research yeast/thrush and see if it sounds similiar to your symptoms. speak to your doctor and your childs doctor. I had to harrass a few doctors before I could get something for BOTH of us that would help (diflucan in combination with gentian violet- a topical solution) good luck

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