Pain while nursing

Samantha - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is 6 weeks old today. breastfeeding has been going great up until this past week. I suddenly started having sharp, shooting pain in both my breasts before, during and after nursing and latching hurts to the point I cry every time. I have talked to a LC, and she thinks it might be thrush, even though there are no visible outward signs. My daughter can't see her Ped until March 1st (stupid insurance mess up) and I can't seem to get an answer anywhere. I did see my OB today and she says the pain is because I am nursing too much. This is my second daughter and exclusively breastfed my first on demand, just like #2. She nurses every hour and a half to 3 hours, just like my first did. Anyone have any ideas as to what could be going on? I do not understand how suddenly I could be nursing too much when I have had weeks of pain free successful breastfeeding, and my OB was rather unhelpful today.


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Lynn - posted on 02/14/2011




At six weeks pain is not from nursing too much in fact they think the initial "discomfort" is from hormone changes. You should definitely see a doctor with a respectful doctor to get whatever it is cleared up. Could the LC suggest someone? Also, don't stop nursing on demand. It could cause problems for baby and overfull breasts can lead to mastitis.
It is very important to nurse frequently and unrestrictedly in the beginning.

Sarh - posted on 02/14/2011




I agree with the LC sounds like Thrush to me... it's not always visible.
When my son starts nursing more or longer I have pain, but that is only when he latches on. I don't see how a baby could nurse "too much". She might have started to nurse more efficiently which could mean your pain could be from the stronger sucking, but I can't imagine that would be causing the pains before and after...
I'd suggest you go to the ER even if you have to pay out of pocket... most insurance companies will back pay that. And no one, no where can refuse seeing an infant!! If you go to the ER, preferable a children's hospital or a hospital with a great birthing center (in high hopes they will be more understanding and better educated... sometimes a doctor nurse will come down to the ER from the birthing center.

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