Need advise on breasts that are painful and hurt!

Anisa - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 16 months old and still breastfeeding. Previously did not have any issues in this regard until yesterday, my right breast only, hurts alot as it is heavy with milk and hard. My son needs to but does not want to drink from this side fully, drinks for a short while then shakes his head no. He prefers to rather just keep his face close to it and play or stare but has lessened his drinking.
Experiencing this since late yesterday afternoon and now the pain is getting worse, I tried to extract this morning but very little extracted. Still in alot of pain and discomfort.

Need help, any suggestions please!!! :(

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Amanda - posted on 10/15/2010

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Definitely sounds like a clogged duct. If your son won't nurse from that breast you could try pumping or hand expressing. I once had a really bad clogged duct and had to have my husband get rid of it for me. It was alittle weird, but oh the relief after!
Lots of massaging in hot showers. Also get a wide tooth comb and get it all soapy and run that over your breast(from the base to your nipple) while in the shower. Take ecchinacea to help ward off mastitis.

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2010

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it sounds like you have a clogged duct. try having him nurse from that side in different positions...if he wants nothing to do with that, keep trying to pump. warm compresses on that breast, lots and lots of massage (especially when in the shower). even if it doesn't seem like its helping, just keep working on it.

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

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Anisa - posted on 10/17/2010

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Thanx Guys, definitely was a clogged duct. Started to get a fever on the day, earlier than that had picked up a breast pump from the pharmacy, so decided to use it and later that night baby nursed from different positions and that helped further. The next day continued expressing and feeding and was feeling better in no time. The hot shower and massages did wonders also. Thanks so much for the advise and sharing. It is amazing, my baby is now 15.5 months and I never had this experience until now.

Take care.

Catherine - posted on 10/15/2010

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Jennifer gives good advice, I would say with the pain your experiencing go straight to the doctor as you may have developed an infection and need meds to help you beat it. The best treatment tends to be feeding frequently from the sore breast. I feel for you and hope your better so.

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