Ductal Thrush relief.... I am weaning early because of pain :(

Liz - posted on 05/14/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 8wks old on Tuesday. I am exclusively pumping for her by choice. for the past few weeks I have been experiencing deep breast pain and a very sensitive nipple (tip)... I have gone to see my OB and she suspected mastitis because of redness on my breast and also prescribed Miconazole cream because she also suspected yeast. The pain is excruciating after pumping. it feels like broken glass.. burning... stabbing pain that lasts for 2 - 3 hours. I am taking 600mg of Advil every 6 hours and I still feel a lot of pain. I am slowly weaning from pumping and now down to 3 pumps/ day. I feel sad and guilty not being able to provide breastmilk anymore. I worked hard to build my supply in the early weeks, only to be infected by yeast... now it feels like I am throwing it all away. but thinking about how much pain I feel after (to a point where I cannot function - and I have a 7 yo and a 3 yo kid to look after too) ultimately made me decide to stop pumping and just give her formula.

I guess my question is, will the pain and sensitivity go away as soon as I am done lactating? Anybody have the same experience and lived thru it?

thanks in advance.

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Sarah - posted on 05/15/2016

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I hope you did not feel like you needed to defend you choice to pump and bottle feed. I was just curious. I personally nursed 4 kids in 7 years, it is work for sure. For me, breastfeeding was easier, no bottles to wash, no milk to freeze, no milk to thaw and warm and trying to figure out how much. For me, it was easier to just put the baby to my breast, but it never (except when they were very new) took an hour to feed. Maybe 20-30 minutes tops. It's a juggling act for sure and you gotta do what works for you. Sounds like you and your doctor have a plan. I hope you find some relief.

Liz - posted on 05/14/2016

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hi Sarah, thank u for replying. I did nurse her in the beginning..for aoutlet over 4 weeks, I nursed and pumped to build my supply. on the 5the wk, hubby went back to work and I am left with all 3 kids. I hAve to drive and pickup our2nd grader. do homework and other school activities with her and the 3 yo and the infant. I cannot nurse her when she needs it, so I always pump and have expressed breastmilk ready for her. this is how I started to exclusively pump, because I cannot sit for a good hour, nursing her when I have other kids to care for. unfortunately, we do not have help from other family members as far as watching the kids.

I did have some blockage too, in the beginning, like a marble in my armpit, I massaged, massaged and massaged some more while pumping until it eventually went away.

the baby does not have white spots in her mouth, my nipples do not have a white spot... OB said no tearing, cracks or anything, but the symptoms I mentioned to her screamed yeast infection.

I would continue to pump if there is no pain after. unfortunately, thathe is not the case here. although I must admit, now that I am slowly weaning pumping, I get this huge rush of sad emotions,... pregnancy and giving birth takes women to a roller coaster ride.

Sarah - posted on 05/14/2016

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Oh Molly, settle down. You can take a class before your babies come and if you have any breast feeders in your life, they will happily help you figure it out. If not there is a lactation consultant at the hospital you can call and even go back in for help. Relax!

Molly - posted on 05/14/2016

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if it is duplicate can i still post a question?
how do you know this is what is wrong. i don't have kids yet and how will i know this is wrong with me? will my doctor tell me what to look for? i really want to nurse but if i have to worry all the time about the milk infecting the baby? can that happen and make the baby sick? how do you even know? i have no idea what i am doing.

Sarah - posted on 05/14/2016

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Duplicate post:
I did, but it was a blocked duct at 4 weeks. Not fungal and not bacterial, it was a tiny bit if milk solid backing up ounce of milk all the way into my armpit. Are you sure it isn't a blockage? Do you have a sense of fullness, or can you see distension of the milk path from the most painful spot back toward your body?
I happily would have handed my baby over to a band of gypsies if they could make the pain go away. It was awful, just awful! I could not raise my arm, I could barely hold my baby and every time I heard him cry or he latched on my milk would let down and it was like someone holding a lit torch to my breast.
First, why pump and not nurse? Nursing is so much more effective at emptying the breast; no judgment; just curious.
Second, no one should live in agony, slowly wean from pumping and your pain will subside. The best remedy for the pain is to drain the breast so it may be a step forward and two back (something like that).
Even with yeast you can freeze and feed your baby. Most yeast infection of the breast comes from the baby's mouth's normal flora anyway.
Do you see a white spot on your nipple? Finally, no one should suffer so much, you did your best, you gave her this many weeks of your milk, let it go, she will be just fine and you will feel much, much better too.

If you suspect at all this is a milk consistency issue; let me know. This was an issue for all four of my nursing experiences and one I could not fix with the pump. It was either my hands manually moving the milk or the baby suckling.

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