Painful burning feeling in breast

Stephanie - posted on 10/29/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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It's been a week or longer with on and off burning feeling in one of my breasts. There is no redness or unusual lumps or hard spots. Not sure if this is a plugged duct or what. I get enough rest and am not sick or anything.

Anyone have this problem, know what it may be or how to treat it? I'd like to try any home remedies before resorting to the doctor's office. Thanks

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Aimee - posted on 11/12/2012

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I had burning espically when my milk would drop. LC said it was very normal and some women feel that instead of heaviness.

Lori - posted on 11/05/2012

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Is it painful WHILE she's nursing? Or after?

If you notice the pain during the nursing, you unlatch her, and have her try again. She's old enough that you can tell her "No Teeth" or "No Bite" and she'll quickly learn that if she uses her teeth she doesn't get milkies.

If you're just noticing the pain afterwards, I'd suggest you try a different position or an extra pillow for support while nursing on that side. Many times as baby gets heavier, mom can't hold baby up as high, and so baby is latched on too close to the nipple.

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Mary Anne - posted on 11/14/2012

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Look up vasospasms. They can cause shooting pain like this and it means that you don't have enough breast in her mouth and her sucking is causing less blood flow to the nipple. When the blood flow is allowed to return to that area after nursing you get the pains. I had them with my daughter until I figured out how to get a deeper latch with her.

Holly Janelle - posted on 11/12/2012

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It's probably thrush I had the exact same thing. Check your sons mouth does he have any white spots in his mouth? Wash all your nursing bras in a mixture of vinegar and hot water and allow them to soak. Make sure your breast is drying before you holster them back up..lol if your son has the spots he should probably be treated because if it gets bad it could be very painful for both of you passing it back and fourth. We dealt with it for six months. I thought it was never going to end. But I do have to say we haven't had it since! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 11/06/2012

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The pain is afterwards, so maybe it is the way she is laying. Thanks Lori.

Stephanie - posted on 11/05/2012

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I ended up going to the doctor to get checked out, my baby was being so fussy, I thought it could be thrush after all. But we are all good, nothing the doc could see was wrong. She said if I keep having pain she'll refer me to a breast surgeon! Needless to say I won't be calling her back.

The pain has mostly stopped but once in a while I feel it.

I think it could be due to my baby biting while nursing, or using her teeth to squeeze the nipple.

How do I get her to stop using her teeth?

Stephanie - posted on 10/30/2012

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Thank you so much for this article. I am going to get some advice about her latch from a lactation consultant if the pain doesn't clear up soon. Thanks Lori

Lori - posted on 10/30/2012

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Stephanie



I guess it might be, but the times I've had plugged ducts, the pain goes away within about a day of it clearing up.



I've not had thrush, but I've seen it, and heard it described often. It's possible that you have it on the one side, and your baby isn't showing symptoms of it yet.



Here's another link that talks about other things that could be causing the pain.



http://www.bestforbabes.org/its-thrush-o...

Stephanie - posted on 10/30/2012

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Lori, So, I don't really see anything in my daughters mouth, I don't think. Could this have been a plugged duct that passed and maybe just residual pain?

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