I am in actual pieces with the pain, I stopped breast feeding abruptly on tuesday as my daughter aged 6 month has nearly bitten my nipples off and I now have scabby tits. I had massive over supply and my boobs are rock hard sore and hot to touch I feel sick with the pain, I have seen GP who has given me antibiotics for potential masitis but I feel more engorged than infected.
What can I do to help? have been doing hot/cold compresses, baths in epsom salts, taking epsom salts, cabbage leaves with not much help. I just want to cuddle my girls. TIA
Hot shower with the spray on your boobs and lean forward and let it drip out? That way you aren't stimulating a let down by expressing. It's so horrid I remember when dd first slept thro the night it was sore beyond belief so 4 days of it must be agony.
Ibuprofen, keep going with the Savoy cabbage leaves (see www.kellymom.com, and you could try block feeding (google or search on the above site) for a few days to reduce supply.
I hope this helps. I remember the agony of blocked ducts, sore nipples etc. vividly. No one had mentioned pre-childbirth how difficult breastfeeding can be, but I found it worse than the birth for the first few months. Your problems are different, but I do hope you can take it easy and have someone look after you, and am sending you (for what it's worth) my very best wishes. [hug]
Oh poor poor you! I was going to suggest cabbage leaves but you've tried that. Unless you persist with them? Did it drain any milk away? I've heard from Non-breast feeders that you pop them in and in a bit retrieve a soggy cabbage leaf, so there is no sucking and no hormone release to produce more. Or, Can u express just a little off for relief, I know you're saying it will prolong the agony but think of it as weaning for your boobs not your baby. as for your scabs, got any lansinoh cream? You can get it on script. You can also get medication to stop your milk supply. Lastly you are mastitis waiting to happen so (strict instructions here!) ibuprofen (max dose, I think it's 400mg 6 hourly of the top of my head) fluids and REST! Do not move (except to get up for a wee!) or better yet get to your bed and allow OH to deal with any night wakenings. Good luck and much sympathy.
Glad to hear your feeling better. There just comes a point when enough is enough and I think by anyone's standards biting through a couple of nipple shields would do it for most! Btw the ibuprofen is important for the inflammation as opposed to just generally pain relief, to help prevent mastitis starting.