PLEASE HELP!

Alana - posted on 02/06/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a new born son who was born on February 3/2011. I was in labour for 5 hours. When the antheologist (sp?) came too give me the epidural he missed 6 times and finally got it on the 7th try. Ever since then the right side of my body has been slowly failing.

The problem is that my right breast becomes engorged completely in a matter of minutes and i have a very badly plugged duct. I don't have an infection. It is extremely painful too feed him and sometimes i end up crying because of it. It even hurts too try too express even with a cold or hot compress, taken a shower, breast pump. Nothing is helping.

My concern/question is that... Should i continue too try too breast feed him from the right side or should i just completely switch him too a bottle?

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Tiffany - posted on 02/07/2011

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If you notice other problems with numbness, loss of feeling, or other odd things, I'd definitely call and schedule an appt with your ob/gyn. Since you had so many misses, it's possible he could have caused some nerve damage or other problems.

As Beth said, do try to keep breastfeeding him and pumping from both sides. Since you just had your son, do remember that you have to give your body time to adjust, meaning that the engorgement will eventually lessen once your body figures out how much milk your son needs. I think this usually occurs within the first few weeks.

As Beth said, make sure you've got a good latch, as I had a bad latch for the first couple of days and that was enough to cause me to be super sore and it was also painful every time I nursed or pumped for several days. Also, because I knew it was going to be painful, I would tense up, which caused me to experience even more pain. I know it's hard to relax when it's painful, but see if this helps lessen the pain any. Because I nursed less on my left side during this time, my left side produces about 1 oz less milk, has a slower let-down and for the longest time, my daughter preferred my right side. Do keep faith that it will go away. You have to give yourself and your body time to heal as you just delivered. Look up some videos online thru La Leche League and here http://www.babygooroo.com/index.php/2011...

Also, don't use a cold compress, as this will dry up your milk. Heat is the way to go, like you've been doing. About the badly clogged duct, I've had the same. Heat, getting my daughter to nurse with her chin facing the blocked duct helped me each time, but sometimes it would take a few days before I got complete relief.

Talk to a lactation consultant either thru La Leche League or thru your hospital, as they can give you some great advice.

Ultimately, you're the only one that can decide what is best for you, your baby, and your life. Definitely keep seeking help, and things will continue to improve. Good luck!

Beth - posted on 02/07/2011

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Hey,

You should continue breastfeeding on the right side, through the pain of it. There might be a good chance that your baby isn't latching properly. If you dont drain the breast, there is a chance your blocked duct will turn into mastitis. I have had mastitis 4 times in the 10 months that I have been breastfeeding. This may sound weird, but when I notice a blocked duct I go to my Aunts house she has a hot tub. I let the jets from the tub blast the blockage right out of my breast. I know its sounds weird, but in the last 10 months I have had to become very creative as I dont like taking antibiotics and I'm a sucker for pain. The hot tub will hurt momentarily but when the block duct releases you will instantly be relieved.

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