Breastfeeding problem

Jo-Anne - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi moms, I hope there's someone out there that can help me. I started

experienincing servere pain in my one breast after baby drank on it. I went

to the doctor, he said that it looks like mastitus and I was given antibiotics.

I finished my course of antibiotics, but the pain is still there after baby drank

from my breast. The pain is just in my nipple, and only in the one breast.

The other one is 100%. I honestly don't know what to do and don't really

want to take baby off the breast now. Anybody that have experiencing the

same or similar problem? Jo-Anne

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April - posted on 12/15/2009

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it could be a nipple blister (milk bleb). i had one of those and the pain didn't go away until i had to remove it with a needle. they can be hard to see, as they are under the layers of skin on your nipple. they will look whiteish or yellowish...have you noticed that on your nipple?

Natalie - posted on 12/15/2009

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The baby could be latched the wrong way, maybe he or she is sucking only the nipple which could be causing the pain, not emptying the breast and therefore mastitis.

He or she has to open the mouth wide and big, like a yawn, if it's not latched correctly, put your finger inside the baby;s mouth to stop the suction so it wont hurt.

Don't stop breastfeeding, please!

If you need extra help contact a group from La Leche Leage near you: http://www.llli.org/WebUS.html, they can help you.

Tara - posted on 12/14/2009

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i had suggestions for that was to use a nipple shield until it feels better or try to pump that one breast some times

Heather - posted on 12/14/2009

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Is it pain as in dry cracked skin pain or as in a shooting pain through the nipple into the breast? Make sure to use some lanlion to ease skin irritations and do what Shannon suggest also...if its the shooting pain it most likely a blocked milk duct. I had this when I began BF my second..I agree it's painful and ended up feeding on that one side for several feedings to get all the milk out and making sure to drain the breast.

Patsy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have had the same problem and i did what Shannon sugested and also had agood look at nipple and found a very small crack in it. I then after feeding put a little bit of brest milk on it and let it air dry and this has helped me

Shannon - posted on 12/14/2009

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If the pain is just in the nipple area and you have had a round of antibiotics, it probably isn't mastitis. It may be a latching issue. The baby may not be latch well on that side. It may even be an ingrown hair or something along those lines. Next time you feed baby, take extra care with the latching and as the baby drinks, squeeze your breast toward the baby with your thumb on the underside and the rest of your fingers on the top. If there is any trapped milk (i.e plugged milk duct), that will loosen it. Hope that helps!

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