Pain after breastfeeding, is this normal?

Amy - posted on 10/08/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have pain in my breasts after I feed my son. I have always had trouble breastfeeding and no one has really been able to help me in the past. I just had my 4th baby 3 weeks ago and would really like to succeed at breastfeeding this time around. My latch is good (have had it checked) and I use the nipple cream after every feeding but after I finish feeding my nipples feel like they are burning and my breasts have a pain in them that I compare to that of a toothache. My supply is good, my son is gaining weight as he should be but instead of this being a time of bonding and enjoying my baby I find myself dreading every feeding because I know how I'm going to feel afterwards. My breasts are also VERY tender to the touch. If they get bumped by one of my other kids it really hurts. Has anyone else experienced anything like this. I have talked to other moms I know and they haven't had this problem. I am a redhead and my Dr. thinks I might just be sensitive. Anyone have any advice?

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Maureen - posted on 10/11/2012

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Sounds a lot like me! I had terrible pain with breastfeeding for the first 4 weeks and 2 days with my son. I am blonde and very fair skinned, my doula/lactation consultant told me fair skinned women are more sensitive. My nipples were sore and cracked and bleeding ( I lathered them with cream after each feeding) and my boobs were very tender. I was hoping to be able to finally sleep on my stomach after my son was born, but I couldn't because my boobs hurt too much. I was really looking forward to breastfeeding for the bonding etc, but I also dreaded each feeding because of the pain. I often cried because it hurt so much. Then one day, as I braced myself while he was latching on, I was shocked, it didn't hurt, like at all! I couldn't believe it! Now I absolutely LOVE nursing! I am hoping to continue nursing until he is at least a year. Hopefully a few months from now your little one will look up at you adoringly as you nurse him and you will be so happy you stuck with it! I have gotten clogged milk ducts which make them extremely tender and to help with that I soak my boob in warm water for about 5 to 10 mins before nursing and massage the breast as he nurses. That helps a lot with the tenderness for me. I say keep it up, you will be so glad you did!

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Amy - posted on 10/12/2012

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Saw my doctor yesterday and was diagnosed with Thrush. A yeast infection in my breasts. This is causing the burning sensation and toothache like pain after feeding. I had never heard of this before so I thought I'd post this incase anyone else is experiencing these symptoms. I've always been sensitive when it comes to breast feeding but this was different than the normal "getting used to it" pain. Thankfully 10 days of meds should clear it up and the pain should be gone in a few days.

According to my doctor, this is passed from the baby to the mother and sometimes there are very few signs and symptoms. My son has no real symptoms at all. Also, you are more likely to get it if you were on antibiotics. I tested positive for group B strep and was given an antibiotic drip right before delivery, this likely lead to me getting thrush. Hope this maybe helps someone else! As for me, I am going to stick it out and hope for the best! I am determined to succeed this time around! :) Thanks to those who responded to my post!

Renee - posted on 10/10/2012

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In my experience, this is totally normal! I too have had trouble breastfeeding in the past. I only made it to 4 months with my son, who is now 4 years old, and my daughter is 5 months now and I went through a lot to get my supply established for her. Breastfeeding takes a lot of dedication but is so worth it in the end! From what my LC has told me, the pain that you are feeling is simply your body making more milk. Your body should get over it as your baby gets older, I'm referring to the ache. As for your nipples burning, I have had that problem as well and it is just your nipple getting used to all the extra "attention" that they aren't used to. Usually most of these unpleasant symptoms are gone by 6 or 8 weeks.i found that a nice supportive nursing bra helped with the aching, and in addition to Lanolin, after each feeding if you rub your nipples with a little bit of expressed milk and let it dry before covering up, that can help with soreness also. I hope this helps you! Stay strong, it will be worth it!

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