looking for a bit of advice really.
my little girl is 7 weeks old and for the last day, ive had pain in my breasts. both of them.
the pain is up near my armpits (not all the way, but on the top and side of my breasts)
it started off just a little uncomfy but now the pain is quite bad, in the night i had to sleep on my back as they are very sore to touch.
when im feeding its worse. when im about to get my let down the pain is quite severe.
ive not got a temperature i dont think.
I had something similar just as I was starting to get mastitis last time, and I had it again yesterday so I proper panicked! I'm so paranoid I did a bit of dangle feeding and it feels much better.
It might be a slightly plugged duct that needs clearing or something, I didn't have any redness/lumpiness at all with it last time, not until the very, very last second. Maybe some other ladies will come up with other possibilities, as obviously I can't say for certain what it is.
I agree that taking steps to alleviate blocked ducts would be your first port of call. I have found that when the ducts on the side of the breast get blocked it really affects my glands in my armpits, so holding anything against the breast hurts, as does moving my arms. With the painful breast symptom for mastitis I usually only have that one symptom for the first 12 - 24 hours then wham! full blown redness and flu like symptoms. Not saying that will happen to you but its worth noting that not all the typical symptoms for mastitis will be obvious every time.
Try a different hold for feeding and massage the breast while feeding - this will hurt but not as much as full blown mastitis!! Make sure your LO has got as much milk as s/he can before moving to the other. A good feed can usually dislodge a lump if you catch it early enough.
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