red veins and swollen breasts need HELP!

Annette - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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For 4 days my right side breast has been hurting a lot. When i got up this morning, i noticed i have a red vein from the top of the breast going all the way down to the nipple and it hurts very badly.

Anyone know what this is, or how i can help it. please let me know!

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Annette - posted on 07/16/2010

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I would if i could on the yogurt. My little girl is lactos intolerant. So even I have to watch my diet when i feed her. Its a little red on an area of the breast and 1 vein that is red from the top to the tip of the nipple. I do take IBprofin for the pain and it seems to help and i do try to nurse on it. It is painful, if I am still like this by monday i will call the doctor. I have no fever or any sort of that thing so I will wait and see what happens.

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go see your doc, but in the meantime keep breastfeeding especially from that side. If you can tolerate it try to massage the breast while you nurse. If it is a clogged duct it will help get the clog out. You probably need an antibiotic though because it sounds like mastitis. If you are going to be on antibiotics remember to eat lots of yogurt to decrease the chance of a yeast infection no just for you, but thrush for the baby and your nipples as well. this might sound crazy, but I always put a little plain yogurt on my nipples after a feed and let it air dry just to prevent it. I have also swabbed my babies mouth with plain yogurt too after or before a feed. You might want to consult your doc on that one, but it always worked for me Good luck and hope you start to feel better soon

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If it's not mastitis yet then it may be a clogged duct. Mine would clog up the whole duct instead of just forming a little bead. If you feel flu like symptoms then you need to call your doctor. If you feel ok minus the pain then you need to get rid of the clog. Apply a warm compress before and during a feeding. I used a rice sock. It was a tube sock filled with 2 lbs. of white rice then sewn shut. I microwaved it for about 2 minutes (depends on your microwave). Nurse your baby on that side first every time until you get rid of the clog. Point your baby's nose at the clog. This focuses the suction on that duct. You can take Ibuprofen to help with inflammation and pain (check with your dr on the dosage). Also gently massage the clog while baby nurses. The heat and massage will also help if it is mastitis. Continue nursing. That's the best thing for it. I know it hurts, but the more you nurse the faster you can clear it up.

Francine - posted on 07/15/2010

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It is possible you have a bad mastitis infection. I think it would be a very good idea to go to the doctor and get it looked at. Pain and redness is a good sign of infection.

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