Breast feeding pain

Ashley - posted on 11/05/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I'm new to motherhood and breast feeding but it's going pretty well so far. My daughter was born two weeks ago yesterday and she's latching on great. However, I'm having some pretty intense pain in my left breast. It feels like I'm being stabbed with a needle and it's worse when my daughter latches on. I'm pumping to keep up my supply but I think my left breast may be clogged or something. Does anyone have any pointers??

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Tina - posted on 01/19/2011

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It does sound like you may have a mastitis..(clogged milk duct)...I would definitely go to the doctor to have it checked out. Your breast is hot to the touch, and sore and it hurts to feed so you may be feeding/pumping less which will only make the situation worse! Try and pump more on that side, warm baths/showers/compresses to try to let your milk unclog but definitely check in with your doctor. Hope you're feeling better soon - Good luck!

Joanie - posted on 11/06/2008

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Also do the hot compresses before your nurse or pump. That should help remove the clog, but if it's infected, it's not going to get any better until you start antibiotics.

Joanie - posted on 11/06/2008

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Yes. If you aren't feeling feverish or flu-like you might not have mastitis, but they can instruct you on if they want to see you or if you need to take anitibiotics.

Ashley - posted on 11/06/2008

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Thanks so much for the response! I've been pumping on that side still and am getting plenty of milk supply, but my breast is hot to the touch and it's painful to pump and nurse. Should I call the doctor??

Joanie - posted on 11/05/2008

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Keep nursing on that side! You could be clogged or have an infection. If your nipple is tender, red, and dry it may be yeast. You can look in your baby's mouth for white spots because yeast causes thrush in babies. You'll both need medicine. If you feel engorged and you can't get rid of the milk, AND your breast is red and hot and you have a feverm that's mastitis and you'll need medicine. If it is mastitis or a clogged duct, it helps to put a warm compress on before you nurse. Just don't quit nursing on the affected side. Good luck!

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