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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 12:04 PM   1
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Lecithin, how much do I take?


Hi ladies. I have recurring milk blebs, I had one go away 5 days ago and now it's back with a vengeance. It's so painful to feed him that I actually get nauseous and I feel stabbing pains in my breast even while not nursing. I did go to an OB to check to see if it was mastitis, but they wouldn't lance it or give me any other help.

I picked up lecithin to try to get rid of this awfulness, as it's really testing my patience and I don't even want to feed him at all off of that side (but I am anyway, although cussing and crying through it). How much lecithin do I take? It says 1200mg twice a day with meals but that's just for normal every day supplementation. I didn't know if I would need to take more to try to help treat the bleb.

For the bleb I've also tried epsom soaks, moist heat compresses for 15 minutes prior to and after a feeding, getting the skin off whether by lancing or finger, I massage the nipple before and after a feed otherwise I jump out of my skin from the pain. I took 4 ibuprofen because the pain was so severe this morning that I soaked my clothes and bed with sweat while feeding him and puked, the ibuprofen hasn't even touched the pain. It's that bad, I wouldn't wish this kind of pain on anyone. I also use lanolin after feeds and reapply as needed.

Thanks in advance!



 
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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 12:10 PM   2
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Hope this helps!

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/lecithin/

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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 12:15 PM   3
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So awesome. Thank you so much!



 
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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 12:34 PM   4
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I get recurring milk blebs and clogged ducts, lecithin has made a HUGE difference. I still sometimes get them but before I was getting one every day or two

I take 2 lecithin a day, but add in 1-2 extra doses if I notice I'm getting a clog.

I do open up the milk blebs with a sterilized pin too, its like a geiser of backed up milk when I do!



 
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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 13:11 PM   5
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The last time I tried to open it up nothing came out, I did it this time though and stuff did! Not like a geyser, but definitely stuff came out.

I really appreciate the help. It actually feels better after I 'popped' it and I'm letting him nurse right now without too many issues. I pumped about 3oz out to see if he'd take a bottle, but he only took 1/2 ounce. It doesn't hurt at all though when I pump.

I might not need to see the LC tomorrow. I scheduled an appointment thinking I would need help. Who needs a LC when you have BnB?



 
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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 14:29 PM   6
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I find sometimes you have to poke a bit (gently!!) to get the milk bleb to open, but once it does and LO eats or you express (even hand expressing for a couple mins works wonders) it feels SO much better!

I understand the pain and frustration SO well! I've had probably 14-15 clogged ducts and/or milk blebs in the past two months. Twice it got so bad I was convinced I was well on my way to mastitis (fever and flu symptoms). But the lecithin did help a lot!



 
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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 16:27 PM   7
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That sounds so awful. I just sat here crying because it hurt so much to feed him again, it's in a really bad place. It's at the bottom of the nipple, so he pushes his tongue against that spot.

I can't imagine having 14 in 2 months! Breastfeeding can be such a pain, but then I see how relaxed he is when he eats and I feel awful for thinking about quitting.



 
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Old Aug 16th, 2012, 18:25 PM   8
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I've been taking NOW sunflower lecithin since LO was two months or so and I haven't had any issues with clogged ducts. It sure seems to work well. I take three pills which is 3800mg I believe. I like the sunflower lecithin because I don't want to get too much soy.



 
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